Our View: Keeping history alive

Thursday , January 02, 2014 - 9:51 AM

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Editorial Board, Standard-Examiner

Welcome to the new year 2014, Standard-Examiner readers. We’re eager to greet this new year and make the most of it that we can.

Newspapers are a record of history, and it won’t surprise us if 50 years from today, what’s in today’s edition of the Standard-Examiner will be perused, either by perusing age-yellowed newsprint, or by clicking on ever-more high-tech computer archives. History is very rewarding to peruse. With the Internet still relatively young, many of what is history is getting older, deteriorating. It’s possible that many treasures, records and other mementoes of the last 150 years could be lost, victim to the elements in basements, attics, trash dumps, abandoned buildings.

In what may be a first for a small city, there is a digital effort to preserve the history of Brigham City and Box Elder County. The organizers have set up a web page on Wikipedia, at http://www.brighamcityhistory.org/wiki. The Wikipedia will allow digital organizing and cataloging of the history that has been preserved. With it, the many historical treasures that may one day be at risk of dissolving can be kept alive for the next 150 years.

We want to keep history alive. We want interested persons in 2014 to have access to records, things and images that occurred 100 years ago, or 150 years ago. For that reason we offer our strong support for the Brigham City History Project. We urge those who can contribute to share what they know about the past 150 years in Box Elder County. If they have records, things or other relics from that long-ago era, they should share them. Keep them alive by making them part of a history project that will one day be preserved in a book. The project focuses on three phases: 1851 to 1900; 1900 to 1950; and 1950 to the present.

As the Brigham City Project organizers suggest, family histories, business histories, photos of places, people, histories of clubs, recaps of significant events, lives of unique personalities ... all are considered valuable contributions for the Box Elder history project.

As mentioned, there is an endless amount of history waiting to be preserved, whether it’s minutes of the Brigham City Council meetings from 1875, the birth of Thiokol, or the many accounts of Mormon history in the latter half of the 19th century.

We urge persons to get on the page, help the history, and volunteer their time to help categorize the digital collection. Those interested can contact Kaia Landon, director of the Brigham City Museum of Art and History, at 435-226-1439.

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