The Value of Learning History

The Value of Learning History

History is not just a list of facts or a collection of dates. It is an essential part of our lives and provides us with an understanding of the world around us. By studying history, we can gain insight into how and why the past shaped our present. Here are some key benefits that come from learning about history.

Gain a Better Understanding of Current Events and Issues in Society

By studying history, we can better understand current events and social issues because they are often rooted in past actions. For example, by learning about the transatlantic slave trade, we can gain greater insight into systemic racism in modern society. Or by understanding the causes of World War I, we can comprehend certain aspects of international relations today. Knowing the history behind current issues helps us to make more informed decisions when it comes to dealing with them.

Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking skills are essential for navigating life’s challenges, no matter what path you choose to pursue. Through the study of history, students learn how to think critically about evidence and make connections between cause and effect. This involves assessing evidence from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions that cannot be assumed at face value—a skill that is invaluable in any field or endeavor.

Develop Empathy for Others As humans

It’s easy for us to group people together into categories like “us” versus “them” without realizing the individual stories behind each person’s life experience. Studying history helps us develop empathy for others by allowing us to look at different cultures through a new lens—one that values diversity and acceptance instead of fear and prejudice. This enhanced perspective allows us to gain greater understanding and appreciation for those who may have different backgrounds than our own.


Learning history provides many valuable benefits—from gaining a better understanding of current events and developing critical thinking skills to cultivating empathy for those around us. Whether you’re a student or professional looking to broaden your knowledge horizon, exploring the past is sure to help you better understand our present world while preparing you for future success!

Hunting Then and Now: How Hunting Has Changed Over the Years

Hunting has been around for centuries, and the ways in which we hunt have changed dramatically over that time. Today’s hunters have access to high-tech gear and weapons that make the hunt much easier – and more enjoyable – than ever before. But with all of these advances, has hunting become too easy? Are we losing the challenge and excitement that comes with hunting? In this blog post, we will take a look at how hunting has changed over the years, and discuss whether or not those changes are good or bad for the sport.

Hunting has been around for centuries and is thought to date back as far as the Paleolithic period

For much of history, hunting was a necessary way to obtain food. In the past hundred years or so, however, hunting has become more of recreational activity. Thanks to advances in technology, today’s hunters have access to gear and weapons that make the hunt much easier – and more enjoyable – than ever before.

Hunting is an ancient practice that is thought to date back to the Paleolithic period. Over the centuries, it has evolved into a popular pastime in many parts of the world. Today, people hunt for a variety of reasons, including recreation, food, and pest control. Some of the most popular game animals include deer, rabbits, and wild pigs. In many parts of the world, hunting is tightly regulated in order to protect populations of wildlife. For example, hunters in the United States are required to obtain a license and adhere to strict seasons and bag limits. However, even with these regulations in place, hunting remains a controversial practice. Some people argue that it is cruel and unnecessary, while others believe that it can be a sustainable way to manage wildlife populations. Whatever one’s position on the issue, there is no denying that hunting has been an integral part of human history.

The purposes of hunting have changed over time – from survival to sport

In prehistoric times, hunting was a way of life – it was necessary for survival. The first hunters used simple tools and weapons, such as spears and arrows, to kill their prey. Over time, they developed more sophisticated tools and weapons, such as bows and guns.

Today, hunting is more of a sport than a necessity. Although some people still hunt for food, many people hunt for fun or to get trophies. They use more advanced equipment, such as rifles and crossbows.

Hunting has changed in other ways too. In the past, people would often hunt in groups. Today, many people prefer to hunt alone. And while some people still dress in camouflage and use decoys, others wear bright clothes and use high-tech gadgets to attract their prey.

What hasn’t changed is the excitement and sense of satisfaction that comes with a successful hunt. Whether you’re hunting for food or for fun, there’s nothing like the feeling of bringing home your prize.

Hunting equipment has also evolved over time, from simple tools to high-tech gadgets

Early hunters used spears, bows, and arrows to kill their prey. Today, many hunters use crossbows, air guns, rifles, and shotguns. As a savvy modern hunter, you’ll need rifles like the AR15 with thermal scope to help you to get those coyotes at night. However, your rifle will work better with the right kits. Luckily, this review of the best lower parts kit for your AR15 will enable you to get your rifle to its optimal performance. The best part is that these tools, especially the safety selector are great ambidextrous options for all types of hunter.

Hunting clothing has also changed over the years. In the past, hunters wore whatever clothes they had that would help them blend in with their surroundings. Today, there are many companies that make camouflage clothing specifically for hunters.

One of the biggest changes in hunting over the years is the way that hunters now use technology. In the past, hunters would have to rely on their own skills and abilities to find and track games. Today, there are many different types of devices and equipment that can help hunters with everything from finding games to tracking their progress.

Overall, hunting has changed a lot over the years. However, it is still a popular pastime for many people. Hunting can be a fun and challenging way to spend time in nature. It can also be a great way to bond with friends and family members. Whether you are new to hunting or you have been doing it for years, there is always something new to learn.

There are pros and cons to hunting both then and now

In the past, people had to hunt to survive. Now, people hunt for sport. Some people think that hunting is cruel, no matter the reason. Others believe that it is a necessary part of life.

The main difference between hunting then and now is the technology involved. In the past, people hunted with crude weapons like spears and bows, and arrows. Now, people use guns and other sophisticated weapons. This has made hunting much easier and more efficient.

Some people believe that this difference makes hunting now less challenging and therefore less enjoyable. They argue that it takes away from the experience of being one with nature. What do you think? Is hunting now better or worse than it was in the past? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Colonel Washington’s Wakefield Ride, February, 1756


What a boost for Rhode Island tourism if we had another “Washington Slept Here” site.  Maybe we do.


     There’s no document, but there are many who believe that Colonel George Washington, with his Captains Mercer and Stewart and servants John Alton and William Bishop slept on Sugar Loaf Hill, outside Wakefield, at a hostelry later known as “Ye Olde Tavern” in 1756.  The five were headed for the Narragansett Ferries, at URI’s Bay Campus.  Editors at the University of Virginia, have long assumed the five men, headed for Boston, sailed from New London to Newport, through the infamous “Race”, and around Point Judith, challenging waters indeed..


     “Why, we wouldn’t take a horse out in your weather”, Beverly Runge politely demurred.  Horses were left with Thomas Chew, New London’s postmaster, whose letter received by Washington in Boston, the University of Virginia editors published in 1976.   I suggested, “you don’t know our waters, or the “Race” off Long Island and the perils awaiting at Point Judith”.  More likely, the five men, led by the “finest horse-man in Virginia” took fresh mounts from Chew and continued up to Westerly, up to Sugar Loaf Hill, and on to Jamestown and Newport.


     My friends in Virginia have no document, “it was simply too long ago,” Mrs. Ringe wrote.  Washing-ton’s own three-page budget proves the young Colonel grandly visited Philadelphia and New York.  In Newport, the officers were elegantly entertained by Geoffrey Malbone.  The budget records, “by Cash to Mr. Malone’s servant, to a bowel broke: eight pounds in Virginia currency”.   Fare is next recorded for progress on a “British man-of-war”.


      “Every officer on horseback, except mr. Washington, was killed or wounded”, Justice John Marshall, reports in his Life of Washington, in 1804.  This was “Braddock’s Defeat”, the July, 1755 ambush of the English troops out in Pennsylvania, at a fort later named for Lord Pitt.  The French and their Indians demolished the British force of 1,300.  “The general himself, after losing three horses, received a mortal wound, and his regulars fled in utmost terror and confusion”.  Washington buried General Braddock between the tracks of their cannon, preserving his corpse from marauders.


     In January, Washington was sent from Williamsburg to Boston to convince Governor-General Shirley that Pennsylvania must be retrieved.   Joshua Hempsted, New London’s diarist records his return on March 8, “Col. Washington in town.  He hath been to Boston to advise or be directed by the governor”.  Shirley’s letter that preceded his return to Williamsburg proves that he “directed”.  The men of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Pennsylvania armed again.  Out they went, that second summer, to find the French stronghold deserted, the French returned to Quebec.


    But what of the Wakefield stop?  A change of horses from New London may well happened on  Samuel Ward’s Westerly farm.  Ward had Narragansett Pacers: his mare, Betsy was immediately bought out of his estate in March of 1776. The horses were small, but sure, and chosen despite Washington’s size.  Ward was a Newporter, son of a Governor, who settled over “on the mainland” around 1745, having married a Block Islander with dowry-land ashore.


      Up the old Queen’s High Way the five men rode.  At last the hostelry stood out, on Sugar Loaf Hill.  The largest building for many miles, it was a central gathering place.  We might assume that settlers rallied there that night in the ample upstairs hall, to hail the hero of Pennsylvania.


     The proud old building appears as the “Willard Hazard place” up to 1910 in the South Kings-town deeds.  Thomas O’Neill Gordon. was born there, he told me, in its front room., in 1917.  His mother and her sisters maintained the place as “Ye Olde Tavern” up to its demise in 1958.  Despite State preservation recording, down it went.  The 11/25/57 document states, “Washington slept here” But, we must remember, there is no document.


     “There wasn’t a fall when we didn’t have a chimney fire in the Old Tavern,” I gathered from Leona Kelley, social worker, teacher and long-time legislator.     Mr. Gordon, in his nearby house where he lived with his eldest son, anxiously showed me a brass plaque, an eagle.   “Do you think this was on their uniforms?”  How much I wished I could assure him, but the Roman eagle was no British emblem in 1756.  Mr. Gordon died that fall of ’93.  He had been sent a letter from the Ladies of Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, keepers of the home of Washington, thanking him for his care of the story.  It was on his couch, ready to show to all, the last time I visited him.


     Mr. Gordon described the June day the beloved old site went down.  “It was put together without a nail . . it just wouldn’t go down, it was that strong.  It was taken down, not torn”.  Its great oak timbers were taken away; some flooring was installed nearby, across from Wakefield’s Larchwood Inn.  Wooden pegs were saved, some given to Neil Mahoney, with the promise that there”would be a place for Tom” in the nursing home the Mahoneys had recently established.


     Friends with a chain-fall saw that the great granite lintel, nine feet by four and one-half, eighteen inches high, was reset in the new house built for Mr. and Mrs. Gordon, not far away.


            In 1960 a house went up on the triangular plot.  It’s still lived in by the original owner who encouraged the mounting, on her land, of a granite fence post from the tavern, also removed that hot June day to the Gordons’ new home.  Funds from the Washington Trust Company enabled the South County Tourism Council to emplace it.  Its bronze plaque saves the story.  A patriotic Wakefielder sees that its Stars and Stripes is renewed each year.


           “Will you go with me to the banks of the Monongahela, to see your youthful Washington, supporting, in the dismal hour the ill-fated Braddock; and saving by his judgment and his valor, the remains of a defeated army?”  So asked Henry Lee, memorializing his friend and cousin in his “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen” speech to Congress.  We celebrated here that young Colonel here, on Sugar Loaf Hill, and the scholars in Virginia, admitting no document, were pleased.


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       Compiled by Tempus Fugit as a souvenir of the “Washington Rides” originated by the South County Tourism Council and the Washington Trust, and then carried on by NewportFED in 1996, 1999 and 2002.  Was offered to South Kingstown schools but, except for a 1994 presentation at Wakefield Elementary, never adopted.