Sunday, September 21, 2008
Walking Through History
Last weekend the Evergreen Cemetery Walk was a wonderful event for me. The people responsible for the event arranged
to have school children join the tour. What an experience to speak to and with the upcoming generation. I am sure
that the other historic characters felt the same as myself, that these young people are being given a chance to see history
in a way that hopefully will allow them to remember not only the people but the lessons they provide.
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In my case
Helen Jackson overcame numerous tragedies to thrive as a writer and activist, althought that is not what she set out to do.
Hopefully they took away the idea that with determination and willingness to being open to opportunities they also can
live interesting, exciting, perhaps even life altering lives.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Coming up on September 13 I will be able to combine my love of cemeteries, history and historic character presentations.
On that day I will be standing by Helen Hunt Jacksons grave site and sharing her story with the visitors to Evergreen Cemetery
here in Colorado Springs.
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The event is to benefit the benevolent society which is striving to preserve the
older section of this historic cememtery. It is so sad to think that due to the ravages of time, weather and vandals
that these people will soon be forgotten.
Sometimes I think that to live forever is to be remembered long
after you are gone. It is the memories, stories and proof that you existed. I think those of us who write about
history are in some small way preserving those stories and allowing those people to live on. In the same way those who
care for the physical rememberences also are allowing the past and the people who lived in that past to continue
on. What a wonderful gift to the future.