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I discovered a love for American History. But this has not always been true. I live in a state where much of the American Revolution took place. But I wasn't always aware of history this way. I was lucky to work for several years at Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts and every day I would remind myself that I was setting foot on land that had been settled during the American Revolution by courageous and desperate men and women who left their homes in England to come to a place where they could choose how to live. Their challenges are still relevant to us today. What makes studying American History exciting is discovering that it is the story of people, not dates of events, that brought us to where we are today, in an increasingly complicated world. Viewed in this way, we can use their stories to learn how to live our own lives authentically and with integrity, and discover who we are inside. This living knowledge can transform our sense of what is possible and what matters... read more

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