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History creates community

submitted by Tracey Reed, Warminster Library Director

One of the things I missed about living outside of the Northeast US (but really didn’t realize I missed it until I came back) was the history that’s visible here.

Now, I can get off on a tangent about the deep DEEP history that I’ve seen in Europe and the Middle East (we ain’t got nothin’ on the buildings from thousands of years ago), or the deep DEEP history that exists on this continent from the native cultures (to paraphrase Amy Ray, tribal feet walked everywhere we do today), but that’s a column for another month.

What I missed, and what the Library and the Warminster Historical Society are celebrating in October, is around every corner.

It’s the buildings where Revolutionary troops were billeted.

It’s the fields where skirmishes, both named and unnamed, took place. It’s sitting in a restaurant that was a tavern that was once a major crossroads between Philadelphia and New York.

It’s the fact that in the middle of our community the astronauts were trained to fly higher than the reaches of our atmosphere.

History is right under our feet, in front of our face, and around every corner.

Shared history is what makes community.

And Warminster has a lot of history that we may miss as we live our crazy lives.

So on Warminster History Day, Sunday, October 20th, from 1:00-4:30pm, we’re celebrating that history and that community.

The Library is hosting storytime with Mrs. Tennent, a presentation on the history of Christ’s Home, historical crafts and games, and actual butter making.

It’s a chance to come together as a community and not only learn about, but also create, history.

I often think about the joke we told when I was a teenager about a certain section of Pine Road just off of Welsh that, when they were redoing the road, jughandled to go around a “very old” tree.

We figured that George Washington’s dog must have marked it.

Learning, preserving, and celebrating history is important – no matter how trivial (and sometimes because of the trivial) – that piece of history is.

It’s the shared blood that runs through any community.

Come share and create it with us (for those who were wondering: the tree is gone now, and Pine Road is now a straight shot. Some things just get lost to time).

For a complete list of library programs, visit warminstertownship.org/calendar-of-events/.