The City Historian

11 Aug

A few months ago, our city council appointed me to the position of city historian. It was an honor to be chosen as the keeper of our historical gates. At that city council meeting, I told a story that I will never forget.

I was in a meeting about attracting tourists to our area, and someone said that we could not attract people because our city had no history. At that point, I rattled off a list of people and events from our past. When I finished, this person said that we did not have real history like a presidential home.

Forty-three people have served as president. That means that there are a ton of cities that do not have presidential homes. They have history, and they attract tourists.

At my appointment meeting, I stated my goal that no one would make that statement again.Baseball

As city historian, I have inventoried the artifacts and documents at our local museum, and I have joined our historic commission. However, I have not spread the word about our city’s interesting history.

To fix that in a small way, I started a Twitter account @LebanonHistory to share short stories about the past. If you have Twitter and are interested in history, then I would appreciate the follow.


13 Responses to “The City Historian”

  1. sittingpugs August 11, 2015 at 21:57 #

    After reading the first bit, I couldn’t help but think of about a dozen movies I’ve seen on the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime. Possibly starring Sam Elliott.

    • Rick August 12, 2015 at 00:42 #

      It’s hard to beat Sam.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong August 12, 2015 at 00:04 #

    What a totally cool job! And what an opportunity for an historian. Congratulations!!

    • Rick August 12, 2015 at 00:42 #

      Thank you. I’m going to try and do some good work.

  3. Kentucky Angel August 12, 2015 at 00:39 #

    Congratulations Rick. I don’t know if we have a city historian now, since ours passed away a few months ago. That is such a neat job, more fun than work when you love what you do. enjoy this. It suits you well.

    • Rick August 12, 2015 at 00:41 #

      Thank you. It’s been fun so far. Of course, history is a fun subject.

      • Kentucky Angel August 12, 2015 at 01:37 #

        It was always one of my favorites.

  4. Bantering Ram August 12, 2015 at 03:32 #

    Well done Rick! Congratulations and all the best! And yeah, that twitter account has one more follower.

    • Rick August 12, 2015 at 04:18 #

      Thanks for following. It’s a lot of local stuff, but you might find an interesting fact or two.

  5. frontrangescribbles August 12, 2015 at 05:49 #

    Congrats on the position!!!

    • Rick August 12, 2015 at 14:45 #

      Thanks. So far, it’s been fun.

  6. Paul Stroessner November 9, 2015 at 02:29 #

    I’m just a tad behind on my blog reading. Congratulations! I’m following the Twitter account now with my Return to the ’80s and Rhode Runner accounts.

    • Rick November 9, 2015 at 03:37 #

      Thanks. Hopefully, you will find some of our local history interesting.

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