Preserving History, Even as it's Being Made

Posted on: January 21st, 2009 by Sarah Heffern

I've loved history all my life, and have always had an understanding that it's something that happens every day -- that today's now is the future's "back then." I never quite got it when my classmates would complain about all the memorizing dates and names; to me it was all just stories about people and what happened in their lives. Don't get me wrong -- I certainly learned about all of the major events, but they didn't necessarily grab me in the same way as the day-to-day did.

Every now and again, though, History-with-a-capital-H overtakes smaller moments, both in books and in life -- and yesterday was just such a day. I don't need the historian's backward view to know that, as I stood on the National Mall, I was a tiny piece of a huge, breathtaking moment, and every person there knew the same thing. The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States was history being made, in front of a crowd of millions.

Help us take a moment now to preserve that piece of history, by sharing your story or pictures from the day. Did you have a chance to be part of the action here in DC? Or did you gather with friends and family to watch the ceremony and parade on television? We'd like to hear from you. Visit our Inauguration page or click here to add pictures or tell your story.

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.