''At the bottom.” Your heart is going to hit the bottom of your stomach in a second when I tell you that was the answer a grade school student gave to the question, “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?”
Surveys have found that today’s students not only don’t know their history, but they also don’t care. They find it boring. Some think that Lewis and Clark are guys that Taylor Swift dated.
Those who love history—especially those devoted to writing about Western history— not only find that intolerable but dangerous. How can you be an informed citizen in a society that is based on “we the people” if you don’t know what “we” did? As someone once said, “Ignorance of one’s past leads to cultural chaos.”
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He Missed the Scoop
John Clum was busy when the Tombstone street fight took place.
The oil-enriched town preserves and celebrates its Western heritage.
Three Cheers for Hospitality
The Harvey Girls of yesteryear set the standard for uniform customer service across the West.
The Most Well-Known, Unknown Western Illustrator
A.R. Mitchell’s paintings are so “moving.”
WHAT HISTORY HAS TAUGHT ME
BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL, U.S. SENATOR, ARTIST, OLYMPIAN
Tombstone's Naked Chef
Isaac “Little Jakey” Jacobs raced his way into history.
THE LAST FRONTIER
EDWARD CURTIS’S FINAL ADVENTURE
Virginia City, Montana
This city struck it rich with a well-preserved ghost town.
Spark on the Prairie
Hit the road across Oklahoma and Texas to discover the history behind the Warren Wagon Train Raid and the Kiowa Indian Trial of 1871.
THE GIFT OF COCHISE
TRUE WEST’S HISTORICAL CONSULTANT FONDLY REMEMBERS HIS MOST TREASURED BIRTHDAY GIFT.