Our View: Remembering the past
February 27, 2010
A week ago, one of Moffat County's most prominent and philanthropic residents was given the KRAI/Craig Daily Press Citizen of the Year Award during the annual State of the County event at the Holiday Inn of Craig.
Lou Wyman, owner and founder of the Wyman Museum, is a longtime Moffat County resident and a worthy recipient of such a distinction, Editorial Board members contend.
Wyman has poured his own money into the museum and invested time and other resources into what has become one of our community's signature facilities, board members said.
That kind of dedication deserves public praise and recognition.
But the topic of Wyman's award at the Editorial Board meeting Monday generated more discussion than just praise and pride for him. It also touched on another perhaps overlooked positive aspect of our community.
That is its appreciation of history.
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In addition to the Wyman Museum, our community also can boast of the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
Both of these institutions include interesting, comprehensive collections for residents and tourists to view and have staffs that do a great job providing for the public.
Moffat County also has an organization, Preserving the Last Frontier, which meets today, which has a mission tailored to appreciating area history.
And there are other examples, as well.
In a time when people are often thinking only with an eye toward the future, that our community has identified the importance of history and heritage is yet another refreshing and unique characteristic to Moffat County, the Editorial Board believes.
The Editorial Board, for one, believes that carrying on with the historical tradition our community has is the prudent thing to do.
From the founding of the Old West to the Great Depression to the upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s and so on, these moments of time carry lessons and values that all generations — whether alive or not during those time periods — can appreciate and learn from.
Preserving them, appreciating our history, can only benefit our community in the long run.
The future is an important and great thing to think about, but it's in the past where people of today can learn valuable lessons and maybe shape the events of tomorrow.