Bedford Historical Society

Notes From the Director Summer 2018

Rungs from the
Director’s Chair
by Elmer Schulz

If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hop-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer… If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!
This is not just an invitation. It is your invitation! It is a solicitation that is the handiwork of Shel Silverstein. A poem entitled, Invitation from his book, Where the Sidewalk Ends.
It is an enticement to you to become an interpreter-docent, an active and involved member of our Volunteer Corps. But be forewarned, it is not for the fainthearted. It is challenging work, but it is also rewarding work. But like all work that is worthwhile and meaningful, it requires effort.
A good interpreter needs perception, flexibility, and a vivid imagination. It requires hours of hard work, pouring over letters, diaries, newspaper articles, first-hand accounts, and scholarly works. But the thrill of creating understanding by providing an avenue of access to the past and making meaningful connections to the present is a magical experience for both interpreter and visitor alike as history comes alive.
Harry Emerson Fosdick wrote, “There are two kinds of greatness. One lies in the greatness of the gigantic individual who… shapes the course of history. The other has its basis in the genius of the revealer – man or woman who uncovers something universal in the world that has been here and that [mankind has] known. This person’s greatness is not so much in themselves as in what they unveil… to reveal the universal is the highest kind of greatness in any realm.”
So, if you appreciate history, love reading, enjoy research and take pleasure in being with the public and having thought-provoking and stimulating conversations, then maybe being an interpreter-educator is for you.
So here is your invitation, an opportunity to inspire and provoke our audiences. Come on in. Be a part of something great, the BHS Volunteer Corp.

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