What we want to conserve, therefore, is the evidence of individual talent and tradition, of liberty and union among successive generations of Americans. We want the signs of where we came from and how we got to where we are, the thoughts that we had along the way and what we did to express the thoughts in action. We want to know the trails that were walked, the battles that were fought, the tools that were made. We want to know the beautiful or useful things that were built and the originality that was shown, the adaptations that were made and the grace-notes to life that were sounded. We want to know the experiments in community living that were tried and the lessons that were taught by a brave failure as well as by a brave success. It is all these things and more like them that we want to keep before our eyes as part of our lived life as a people, and as connecting links between a past which millions of Americans helped make and a future we must continue to make.

Sidney Hyman With Heritage so Rich [1966]iv


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Area History

The purpose of this page is to help you learn interesting facts and tidbits about the history of Hinsdale County and Lake City.  This information is part of an on-going effort to record and share the history of the area on behalf of the Hinsdale County Museum, Hinsdale County Historic Society and Lake City DIRT with funding from the Preserve America Grant. If you would like to help by transcribing recordings, interviewing or writing stories for the project please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are also collecting personal stories and photography as part of the Lake City Memoirs project, to learn more click here