Not only have we reached the end of the year, but we have reached the end of the decade – the second decade of the 21st century. Where did that time go? As we embark on a new year and a new decade, it is likely many of us will take a moment to reflect on all that has happened these past few months and years. As a historical society, the past is ever-present in our hearts and minds. We are continually reflecting on the past and finding ways to make it relevant for today and in the future. We strive to do this with our programming, as we feature stories about women, minorities, immigrants, war, and mental health care this lecture season. It is of paramount importance that our members and the community we serve see how history relates to our current events and discussions. It provides context and a sense of understanding that many of the events and happenings reported in the news today are similar to those reported in the news decades ago.

Maybe we do not learn from our past the way we should. Maybe certain situations will always be a struggle for us to understand. History, however, is always teaching us and providing us with knowledge about how to shape our future. We can listen.