"Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder." --John F. Kennedy​

"When we bring history into our daily lives, we come closer to mastering the forces that affect our lives.  We strengthen our grasp on identity and engage our ability to learn and work hard and make sense of the world." -- Jay Hannah, “A Funny Thing Happened in Line at the Water Fountain,” 2011

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." --Winston Churchill

"So why study history? What is the importance of pursuing knowledge framed in historical context?  There is one simple yet durable truth: identity."-- Jay Hannah, “A Funny Thing Happened in Line at the Water Fountain,” 2011

"All I know is what I see in the papers." --Will Rogers, c. 1928.

"Watch the kids. Do like they do. Act like they act. Yell like they yell. Dance the ways you see them dance. Sing like they sing. Work and rest the way the kids do.You'll be healthier. You'll feel wealthier. You'll talk wiser. You'll go higher, do better, and live longer here amongst us if you'll just only jump in here and swim around in these songs and do like the kids do. I don't want the kids to be grownup. I want to see the grown folks be kids." --                              Woody Guthrie

"There are a whole lot of historical factors that have played a part in our being where we are today, and I think that to even to begin to understand our contemporary issues and contemporary problems, you have to understand a little bit about that history."
--Wilma Mankiller

"I know no way of judging the future but by the past."
-- Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

"We know that all good history is built upon a foundation of evidence gleaned from as wide a variety of sources as can be obtained and verified."--T. Mills Kelly, Teaching History in the Digital Age, 2013

"There is no history. There is only Biography."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1839

"History surrounds us in so many ways that it is often easy to ignore.  From the eagle-eyed bronze statues that glare at us as we walk through the park, to the majestic and sometimes menacing memorials that command our attention from their roadside perches, to the names of the long dead and long forgotten who adorn the buildings, streets, and roads of our community, the past calls us to remember, and yet we do not."-- Yohuru Rashied Williams, Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook, 2009

"It is very difficult to master the present and make a meaningful contribution to the future unless you understand and appreciate the past." --Clifton L. Taulbert, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, 1989

"There is nothing as stupid as an educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in."-- Will Rogers, July 5, 1931

"The seminal value in embracing history is the discovery of us.  History is the microscope in the laboratory of human experience.  It helps us understand people and societies and how we as individuals fit into the broad scope of time and place.  Beyond the amassed collection of facts and dates, it traces the arc of humanity across the sky of time."-- Jay Hannah, “A Funny Thing Happened in Line at the Water Fountain,” 2011

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YOU ARE HERE Curriculum

"Today, a student searching for information on any historical topic [online] will find more primary sources than he or she can possibly cope with, and if this student waits a day or two, the volume of available primary source information will have increased significantly." -- T. Mills Kelly, Teaching History in the Digital Age, 2013