I am grateful to the people, the planning, and the opportunities for education offered by our Minnesota Historical Society. We try hard to see each new exhibit and we have traveled to most of the installations around the State. I truly believe that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana) The people at our MNHS connect us to history. Thank you to the planners, the librarians, the docents, the exhibit managers, the gift shop personnel (they are awesome), the front desk staff, and all the people who maintain the facilities. My wish for every person who lives in or visits Minnesota is that they will avail themselves of these incredible opportunities to remember the past.
If it weren’t for insects and lizards, archaeologist was high on my list of careers. The history, the discovery, understanding the connection between then and now. Today I am an armchair archaeologist, avidly following developments in the field. One aspect I could never align with my beliefs is removing items to a museum, oftentimes in another country. I am grateful to know that Factum Arte is reproducing artifacts without moving them, without endangering them, “accurate to one-tenth of a millimeter.” Their work is jaw-dropping, so be sure to watch the video. There are days that being a Luddite is highly appealing (except that I spend 12 hours a day on a computer), but Factum Art’s use of technology is a welcome advancement in archaeology.