In just a few days, the United States will celebrate its 239th birthday. We may remember the major battles of the Revolutionary War and can name some of the Forefather’s who signed the declaration of Independence—but what if we couldn’t? What if their names and deeds were completely washed away in the sands of time? What would we be celebrating this Fourth of July?
While our nation still holds the memory of our Independence near and dear to our patriotic hearts, historical societies across the country are having trouble keeping their version of history alive. The plight of local historical societies includes deep budget cuts and risk of endangerment—and with their extinction, the pieces of our local American history could be lost forever.