On a frigid January night in 2004, we spent our first night in our old farmhouse. We had lived in this area for ten years and had visited friends in our new county many times, but we still had lots to learn and new people to meet. A few months later I attended our annual Poke Sallet Festival and visited the Jackson County Historical Society Museum. I met two older ladies there. I mentioned homeschooling to one of them. This retired school teacher replied with a disparaging remark. I usually show respect to my elders, but she hit a nerve, and I made a firm reply. When I returned home, I felt bad, so I found her number, called her, and apologized. She said that she really should apologize to me. A friendship began that continues today.
Because of our interest in history and the people I met that day, Ray and I soon joined the Jackson County Historical Society, making many friends in the process. “Historical society” sounds a bit “hootey-tootey” to me, but the JCHS is just a club of people who care about local history. Our dues are only ten dollars a year (hardly hootey-tootey) and they accept everyone, even us. Ray and I have been impressed with the servant hearts of its members. Most of them are older than we are, and they worry about the lack of interest by young people.
I imagine that the historical societies in your area have a similar membership and similar concerns. If you are looking for ways for your children to learn about local history, consider finding out about your local historical organizations. You may discover volunteer opportunities, educational programs at monthly meetings, and relationships with older members of your community which will enrich the lives of you and your children.
“You shall rise up before the grayheaded
and honor the aged,
and you shall revere your God;
I am the Lord.”
Leviticus 19:32, NASB