The NPS’s history of historical sites; History of humans and their dogs; U of Texas deals yet another blow to the Lost Cause

Happy 100 to the NPS!! (Be sure to go full screen when you watch this video!):

As a follow up to yesterday’s article from We’re History in which NPS ranger Benjamin T. Arrington discussed the founding of the NPS, today they have another essay by him in which he turns the focus on the agency’s preservation of historic sites. “Many more citizens learn history from rangers at national historic sites than from college history textbooks,” he notes. (Indeed, and there are still days when I wish I could put the uniform back on and lead a battlefield tour.) The National Park Service serves “as the nation’s storyteller,” and those stories become so much more powerful when you’re standing on the spot in which they happened. I said it before, and I’ll say it again, the parks are our best teaching tool.

August 26th is National Dog Day, and all you fellow dog lovers will enjoy this short piece from Time that provides a short history of how and why dogs became our pets. Researchers disagree about much of our history with dogs, but it seems that man and canines have been pals dating back to 15,000 years ago.  Did you know that 44% of US households have dogs? Nice.

Ah, another blow to the Lost Cause crowd: the University of Texas has decided to remove a large inscription on their campus that memorialized and praised the folks that fought for “states rights” by serving the Confederacy. The president decided that such a memorial was “inappropriate for our goal of diversity and inclusion on campus.”


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