Seeing the threads that connect the present to the past helps us create a better future.
Whether we look sequentially back across a long trail (as with the path to women’s right to vote), or look forward to anniversaries of national events through the lens of local history (as with Black history relative to our country’s founding), DCHS Horizons aims to use the lens of local history to help us see where we are in the continuum of past, present and future.
We believe local history has a profound relevance and value. One of our most passionate and eloquent advocates was Lewis Mumford, who spoke about the topic at a DCHS membership meeting at Troutbeck in 1926. He argued that understanding local history brings the lessons of what might otherwise be a more theoretical and remote history to life.