How passionate are you about learning the history of your country?

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How much do you care about the history of your country, whether that of the USA, Canada, or wherever you live? Do you devour history books and seek out every historical museum where you travel? Would you rather watch the History Channel than listen to endless babbling on cable TV news networks?

Can you hardly wait to visit yet another Civil War battlefield, an abandoned military fort, or a ghost town way out West?

Or is the history of your country not a big deal to you? Hey, it’s over, right?

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jillie
1 month ago

I have seen all that there is to see on the west coast. So after retirement I plan to move to NC and park my trailer there or find a smaller home and use that as base to travel up and down the east coast. Can’t wait. 2 years to go.

Eric
1 month ago

We use Google in our travels to check out local history. Sometimes driving through small towns that are seemingly abandoned, we wonder: “What happened here?”. There is usually a sad story that involves factory closures, highway/railroad relocation, or even racism. It’s important to not forget our history as glorious or tragic as it is. Learning from mistakes is important and we should never stop working towards our ideals.

A great app for the phone is Fieldtrip. It shows historical markers near your location.

Ed K
1 month ago

I enjoy History period, not just my country. Museums are where we like to visit when in a new area and we try and read each exhibit normally spending several hours even all day at the museum.

livingboondockingmexicol
1 month ago

I prefer world history that covers all of us not just one country. After all, we are all connected and learning where we came from, how we got here, will help us figure out where to go from here. Think globally.

Robert
1 month ago

Hillsdale College online has several excellent presentations. I’ve taken many courses which has demonstrated how poorly history was taught in the 1960s.!

MrDisaster
1 month ago

If you like history, but were bored with the way it was presented in high school you might want to check out “The History Guy” on Youtube. He presents items of great interest about history “that deserves to be remembered”. These are 10-20 minute videos about events in history that you might never have heard about. He has a great presentation delivery.

Diane M
1 month ago

I read a lot of history. Excellent historians like David McCullough, Rick Atkinson, and Stephen Ambrose know how to make it come alive, with many stories and anecdotes, not just facts and figures.

Joe
1 month ago

I only read non fiction history, especially early American. It’s amazing how much was glossed over in high school and college. Don’t cancel US history or it’s bound to repeat itself.

Vanessa Simmons
1 month ago

You can’t “cancel” history. It is HISTORY, over, done, in the rear view mirror. What you can do is learn from it by learning about it. When visiting Williamsburg several years ago I realized how short everyone was back then by looking at the beds. Most preteens today wouldn’t fit on them. Why? Is it better nutrition? That is what some say.
Learning where we came from (my ancestors on my dads side are from Wales) and what they did, received a land grant in Virginia Colony from the king, fought in the Revolution, made furniture (one piece in the white house), rounded up my moms Cherokee ancestors, etc makes us who we are.

Tom
1 month ago

I enjoy history; when my children were in school in the 80’s and studying the Vietnam war I told them it wasn’t history it was current events.

Gene Bjerke
1 month ago

The best way to understand some of the seemingly illogical things we have today (even as simple as why the forks go on the left) is to understand how they got to be that way. That’s history, and is fascinating once you get into the details..

Del W
1 month ago

I love history including all the ugly truths. History is how any culture continues. It is how it can grow and change. A very important quote “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”(Edmund Burke 1729-1797). Many today think history is a dull topic but that is usually because of the way it is presented.When history is experienced first hand(one of the best things of travel) you get a better perspective. Also, I don’t stop with only my country; I love the history of the world.

Hank Smith
1 month ago

I use an iPad and the polls never open for me to answer anymore!

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1 month ago
Reply to  Hank Smith

Sorry, Hank. Here’s what Jessica, one of our IT folks, says about this: “Sometimes script blockers and ad blockers interfere with our polls since they are from a 3rd party site. If you have one of these try and turn it off and see if that fixes the issue.” I hope that helps. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
1 month ago

In our travels around the lower 48 states twice, when we had time we have visited as many local History Museums as we could find. Don’t be bashful, ask for any brochures and ask the workers (mostly volunteers) any questions you have about that particular place you are visiting because it may be different from what you were taught or believe. And don’t forget to ask where the locals eat to stay away from the fast food places.

As an example, being we live near Buffalo, NY, in one of our travels out west, we made a point to visit the History Museum in Buffalo, Wyoming. We thought Buffalo, WY was named after the Buffalo (American Bison). Wrong. Visit the museum there and find out why for yourself.

Besides museums we have visited many Civil War Battlefields as well as the Andersonville Prison which is also the location of a large Civil War Military Cemetery, a working National Cemetery and the National MIA-POW Museum.

Stay well, Stay safe,

Irv
1 month ago

I HATED history in school because it was mostly about memorizing dates–something I’m terrible at. As an adult, I was surprised to find history very interesting.

Ron T
1 month ago

I’m gratified to see that history is a favorite of so many RVers, but I’m not really surprised. Isn’t that one reason so many of us love to travel? Myself, I’m a ringer – BA History 1979, MA Museum Science 1988. All history is revisionist. Somewhat like the sciences, it’s revised every time someone (amateur or professional) rediscovers some verifiable clue in a primary source. The best history will never be in textbooks as they have to cover large periods of time very succinctly. Historians tend to write texts filled with footnotes, but the better ones are still a good read even if you ignore those pesky little numbers on the pages.

Patti Panuccio
1 month ago

Small museums in small towns are a wealth of information and amusement,

John T
1 month ago
Reply to  Patti Panuccio

I go to county museums everywhere I camp. Some are well organized and provide a history of the area and its people, but sadly half of them are just filled with piles of unrelated junk that people have donated.

DPHooper
1 month ago

This is a poll where it would be interesting to see the age range break down, I’d be curious to see how the answers fell across age ranges.

Captn John
1 month ago

The history in books taught in schools the past 60+ years is not always factual. Now we have people trying to change history even farther. Sad! Always an agenda!

T.Helms
1 month ago
Reply to  Captn John

History is written by the Winners, and not always written or taught using the Facts. We need to change some of our History to reflect the facts. Not the Alternative Facts…

Gary Swope
1 month ago

I am interested in the history of our great nation. I want to know the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Not someones opinion from the main stream media feeding us what they think we should know. It rests with our most precious treasure, our children. Teach them the truth.