Overlooking local museums

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Overlooking local museums

By: grabitsdm | April 29, 2009
"As they are for home-town residents everywhere, the local attractions always are just ‘there,’ with seemingly plenty of time to stop in.  Trips to distant attractions beckon, and we don’t discount the road trip’s enduring appeal.  But somehow time to visit the local sites never seems to materialize, and its always in the wake of such disasters that we finally learn what we’ve lost.  So here’s a plea to take advantage of your local historic sites, support them however you might—both volunteer help and financial aid are eagerly sought and gratefully accepted—and appreciate how truly fragile our collective past is before it’s too late."
- James M. Tarbox,
History Channel Magazine,
regarding the institutions flooded in Cedar Rapids IA in 2008


Dustin Heckman, executive director of the Mower County Historical Society in Austin, sent the above quote. Does this capture a sense of why people seemingly overlook local history museums?