Post by Doris McCraw
I am a history lover. No, not the kind taught in most schools, but the history of the people, the ‘man/woman’ on the street who however small, made a difference. I also enjoy the obscure, or not so obscure. On August 7 I posted a blog about Colorado and Gemstone Mining. Yes, there is more than gold in them there hills. For those who want to be edified, here’s the link: http://prairierosepublications.blogspot.com/2016/08/colorado-and-gemstone-mining.html
I also, in addition to work today, attended the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners inaugural ‘rendezvous’. The Westerners is an international organization of people who enjoy history. It was a chance for history lovers to get together, have a picnic and enjoy talking with other history buffs. It was held at the Historic Evergreen Cemetery Chapel and what a place to inhale history. I felt privileged as the president this year to institute this event. As our emcee, the honorable President Theodore Roosevelt said, “history does not end here, it begins here”.
So when I speak of ‘rabbit holes’ I am talking about finding a subject and spending the time needed to truly find all there is about it. Sometimes this can mean spending hours to find a single piece of information, or years-like the women doctors-because you don’t want the stories to die. Cemeteries are wonderful places to ‘begin history’.
Sometimes it’s as simple as finding an appropriate name for a character that is era appropriate. Maybe you’re looking for the name of a town. All of these can take you on journeys you never expected.
Writing history, whether fiction or non-fiction, is a responsibility. Too many people can make the mistake that what you see on television, in the movies or in that novel was the way it was. While some do get it correct when writing, many do not. A story from my home town illustrates this fairly well I believe. A farmer from the mid to late 1800’s was prejudiced. He disliked a whole group of people, but he also would hire them to work on his farm. Now, if we believed what we saw and read. this employee would be sitting outside, ostracized. That was not the case. This prejudiced farmer demanded that everyone be treated equally, with no regard to their differences. They ate at the table, mingled with the others and the family. While he was prejudiced and very vocal about it, the little detail told a different story.
So the next time you ‘grab’ onto a piece of history, go the extra mile and join me down the ‘rabbit hole’.
Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Doris also writes haiku posted five days a week at – http://fivesevenfivepage.blogspot.com and has now passed one thousand haiku and photos posted on this blog. Check out her other work or like her Angela Raines Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1I0YoeL
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