Monday, June 8, 2009
Helen Hunt Jackson and California
Helen, in her book Glimpses of California and the Missions, writes the following... "I realized forcibly how different
a thing is history seen from history written and read." She made this statement upon meeting with one of the women
who had seen the displacement of the Native Americans who had lived in the area.
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When you look at the statement
and ponder what is said, it becomes very profound. We have the tendancy to read about history, but until we can stand
in the footsteps (so to speak) of those who have proceeded us, we really don't have a clue. Talking to survivors,
walking the land others had walked, there is where history can become real.
Helen, in her lifetime, experienced
so many things and was able to put into words what she was seeing, hearing and feeling. To walk where she walked, and
see what she may have seen, brings to life what this amazing woman accomplished. I for one and glad to keep her and
her work alive.