Philanthropy and Historic Preservation
Who we are today is stitched together from pieces of our past. We learn from the successes and failures of what came before. We also gain a richer perspective from tangibly experiencing life in another time through visits to historic sites. This film clip shares two tangible examples of historic preservation, maintained by passionate volunteers who want to give people a concrete experience of life in the past.
- How does preserving the past help our society with today and the future?
- What items, places, or events have been preserved in your community?
- The volunteers in the video were mostly elderly. What can young people do to contribute to the efforts?
- Why did the railroad volunteer make a distributer cap out of a tuna can? How do you think he felt about the opportunity to work on that repair?
- Why do you think volunteers want to work on historic projects?
Explore your own community for historic preservation. Are there buildings, tools, or other resources that give you a hint of your community's past? Visit the site and learn about the history and purpose for its preservation. Find out how you can volunteer or advocate to participate in its impact.