The past is the present for future generations who do not know their history

Why are we here…

as Remembering the Shoals?  The answer is at the same time simple and complex.

Doing this was suggested to me by someone I love dearly. She knew my love of history, genealogy and my hometown – the Shoals area. She also knew the massive amount of research thatRemembering the Shoals: Hugs from the Past I have been compiling for more than three decades. She knew my expertise in writing, researching, compiling, and documenting as well as my training in graphic design.

 So, together we said in unison, “That is a great idea!” 

There was no doubt I would put forth the tremendous amount of work required; and I knew it would be something my future generations would be proud to read. So, Remembering the Shoals, was birthed in late December 2010. And I am loving it, every minute of it. I think it a worthwhile endeavour.

Everything seems to be progressing along nicely, thus far. 

After recent events with another and similar Facebook page, there seems a need to broadcast our goals.

That is the simple part:

– Our goal is to document The Shoals area, its history, its people, and its places

– Our goal is to do this free of charge for the Facebook page as long as it remains free of charge for us.

– Our goal is to tell the history in photos and in well researched articles in order to give ‘roots’ to our children; knowing their history will help them use their ‘wings’ to take flight into the surly and boundless skies of what will be their future; a world that will likely be so different from the Norman Rockwell world we grew up in that they will  ‘need’ to know who they are and from where they come.

What we are ‘not’ up to is another simple question to answer:

-We are not going to publish a book and charge you for your own history; however, our blog allows you to print out the pages in book format if that is what you desire. If you click on a photo on the blog, it will enlarge and you are able to print it out. We try to make the photos a nice size to put in an album or print on photo paper. If you want a book, then you can print your own from there.

-There may be a time in the future that advertising, or promotions,  may be needed for there is a limit to the bandwidth for music, photos, and audio on our blog. But so far, so good. With the amount of work with the research and writing, which takes a tremendous amount of time, there will come a time when we outgrow a blog and need a website.

– Whatever we do, we will not have a hidden agenda, nor will we fail to let readers know well in advance when we have something planned; no surprises here.

But, may we suggest that you take a few minutes to find and read the rules and regulations for Facebook? Please take note of Item #2  for it is especially important.

Our articles and graphics originate with our blog site at https://rememberingtheshoals.wordpress.com and there our ‘stuff’ is branded before it is linked to our official Facebook page also entitled  Remembering the Shoals. We  learned a long time ago that in the hands of others that cameras, printers, scanners, and copy machines know not who owns rights to what.  So, be aware.

We hope you will comment, add memories, add photos on our Facebook page and comment on our site. We hope you LIKE us and FRIEND us; and we hope you encourage your friends and family to do the same. We have some exciting things planned that will be coming up in the next few months. We hope you l-o-v-e what we are doing and continue to show your support.

We wish the owners of other similar Facebook pages success. There is no competition here. We all serve different purposes. We, at Remembering the Shoals,  believe that history and knowledge is like love, the more one shares it the more love multiplies.

We close with one last thought: We simply can not allow our future generations to let PAST be PROLOGUE to those things alien to our values and our America.  Always remember our motto: The past is the present for future generations who do not know their history. That motto gives us great purpose.

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5 responses

  1. Would you please write a post on my blog (http://fodder4thinking.wordpress.com/) describing what you are doing?

    I think it’s fantastic “…they will ’need’ to know who they are and from where they come.”
    and needs to be shared.

    Thank-you for your consideration
    M. Anita Bailey

    February 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    • What subject would you like it written on, Anita?

      February 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

  2. Hello Carolyn,
    Thank you for your reply.

    I didn’t have an exact topic in mind when I asked you to write soemthing.

    It’s just that when I read: “…in order to give ‘roots’ to our children; knowing their history will help them use their ‘wings’ to take flight into the surly and boundless skies of what will be their future; a world that will likely be so different from the Norman Rockwell world we grew up in that they will ’need’ to know who they are and from where they come.”

    I said to myself, “Now here’s a lady who surely has a good amount of fodder for thought to share!”

    I believe it is important to pass on our experiences, both “good” and “bad”, so as to help future generations create a more harmonious world in which to live.

    Do you see what I’m trying to get at here? I wish to make folks think, really think, about what it means to be interconnected. I feel it could only result in a positive impact on our lives and the world in which we all must live, and survive.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    I wish you love and light.

    M. Anita Bailey

    PS: I believe you may have seen the edited extract of your article. Did it meet with your approval?

    February 15, 2011 at 8:44 am

    • Anita, give me some time to think of something. I am working on a huge project right now; we will have first hand interviews from some military of previous wars that will be a big project as well in the coming months.
      Thank you for your compliment on what I am trying to do.

      February 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

  3. My pleasure Carolyn.

    I wish you success in your project and look forward to our future exchanges.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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