Life's Better Here: Huntington 2012

By Eric Olson

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)-
What would we be without our memories, or our ability to remember? We’d be nothing, coming from nowhere, headed toward nowhere.

In the shadow of the Huntington County courthouse sits a repository of memories, the Huntington County Historical Museum, keeping track of where local folks have been and what they have done…recording Huntington’s progress for nearly the last two hundred years.

Sarah Schmidt is the museum’s director. She says if it matters in local history, you’ll find something about it here…equipment from Huntington’s agrarian past…its heroes in peacetime and war, this is general James Slack, Civil War hero, lawyer, teacher, town leader. Relics from past industry and business..education, too, the contents of an old one room school. Upstairs, local sports history going back decades..this is the legendary Boag Johnson traveling shoe trophy, an honor to any local high school basketball team that possessed it. Sarah Schmidt says remembering the past is critical to navigating the future.

“Aand I think that is the greatest thing about history,” she says, “to remember and to say ‘Oh, look, we did that, we’re not gonna do that anymore’ or ‘maybe that was a good thing to go back to’”.

The heart of this collection though is about the folks who did nothing remarkable, made no headlines…the men and women who pushed through their own setbacks and hardships and built a community, something of value to pass down to the next generation and the next and the next…an unbroken line of lives very well lived.




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