Monday, February 25, 2013

For the Love of History

Way back when I was in high school...
back when teachers still used chalk and chalkboards 
instead of those new fangled smart boards... 
...way back then, 
I hated history. 


I had a teacher 
who stood next to her desk 
in the same place every day and
leaning ever so slightly against it 
she...
LECTURED. 



That's all she did. 
Day in and day out 
she lectured. 
I was bored stiff.  
I hated her class...
I had that teacher twice in 3 years.  



Jump ahead a few years to college. 
I had a tough old bird professor for history.  
She was brutal. 
Complete with blue book exams 
where you couldn't write fast enough...


But I loved her class. 
She rarely lectured. 
She brought history alive. 
We read historical fiction...
or biographical works from the periods we studied.   
We took field trips. 
After a visit to Winterthur Museum in Delaware,  
I was smitten.  



Thanks to that professor, 
I now love history.  
I devour historical fiction, historical accounts and biographies. 



And I love to visit historical places. 
Just the feel of them makes my heart sing. 



A peek inside:
Bucks County, Pennsylvania

18 comments :

  1. I was never really into book learning of history either. I think I gained my interest in to from my day, who was a huge civil war enthusiast.

    Were you able to get inside the mill, the shots in the album are outstanding!

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  2. I like historical fiction as well; sometimes they're real page=turners! Or just good fiction, like anything by Geraldine Brooks.

    Meanwhile, your photos prove your love of history so I'm not surprised to hear you tell us so!

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  3. Isn't it great when a good teacher really gets their students involved and interested? It can make the world of difference. I had a history teacher in 6th grade that taught Ancient Greece History and took us on 'Archaeological' digs in the foundation of an old church. He made history come alive and I have loved it ever since. I would rather read a good historical biography than anything else. Love your photos - looks like a great place to explore!

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  4. A teacher has a powerful influence!
    About San Diego: worth visiting: Balboa Park, Old Town, Seashore village, Little Italy, Mission Bay, the ship Star of India.
    On the 4th of July it's crazy, crazy, finding a parking place anywhere, But if you don't mind traffic, Seashore village is one of the best places to see fireworks. Be prepared to situate yourself at 6:00 pm on the lawn -or else you'll have no place, and when fireworks are over to be for one to one and a half hours to get out of traffic.

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  5. I am so glad you had a wonderful teacher who awakened that within you! My Daddy is a history buff and so is Kaishon. They can't get enough. I love the story.

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  6. A good teacher makes all the difference!

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  7. I have to agree with you...hated history in high school, but loved it when I had a fantastic college professor. Only difference is this college professor lectured. He lectured with his foot on a chair and his greasy hair hanging in his eyes. BUT, he lectured like a talented story teller. I was fascinated by him and by the little know perspectives from which he told the historical accounts.

    To this day I love history too. My favorite books are historical fiction and I love museums.

    We have a lot in common, it seems.

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  8. The delivery is how one becomes interested indeed.I had a friend who offered it like a plate of candy and his enthusiasm spread quickly.

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  9. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. It's amazing how much difference teachers can make in the lives of their students. I fell in love with history in Grade 12, with a teacher who, like your professor, made it come alive.
    Fascinating photos.

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  11. What fun photographs! I love historical fiction and history, but like you that wasn't always the case. Isn't it amazing how a good teacher can make all the difference?

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  12. My first college class was Ancient European History. It was the awfullest course I have ever taken. My grade showed it. Of course there were about 350 in the class.

    A teacher has to balance student learning with student fun as there are certain essential in every class that must be mastered. If the subject matter, and ALL OF THE REQUIRED, can be made interesting and a little fun then learning will take place. And even more can be learned than the minimum requirements.
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    1. Your pictures are great! Some make me want to know more of their purposes.
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  13. incredible photos!!
    amazing how a teacher can make all the difference

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  14. I have so enjoyed your photos and your memories! This is a beautiful part of our country...so important to the history!

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  15. Lovely shots of History here! I am your newest follower, and will look forward to seeing all of your posts!

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