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On a High Hill Young Yet Historic

Barbara's picture

The Labyrinth is such a profound and sophisticated place, yet it is only fourteen years old. The profound sophisticated labyrinth is younger than me? I shake my head, "this recent creation just can not reflect the depth of history!"

Talking about history, several words come up into my mind: past, old, far and gone. However, history is never absence from present. History is accumulative. Interestingly, during the Thursday field trip, I realized that the Harriton House is most certainly a good example of how people make history sustainable. What I mean by "an effort that sustain history"" is an action to "ultilize creations derived from the history." The more than three hundred years of history of the Bryn Mawr town is really a wonderful wonderful story to hear. We need some passionate Welsh, some resistance to flood, some wisdom to survive a business and a lot more to be here at a College grounded on a piece of land that Native Americans gave up the "right to use". This is enough to make the 1704 Harriton House amazing and adorable. One thing I consider to be important in historical sustainability is adaptation. As we preserve historic site, it's crucial to keep in mind that things always change. It makes no sense if we concentrate on authenticity, (This is different from archaeology!) for the reason that an outdated inventory, which does not fit the background anymore, is going to be replaced however careful people preserve it. As introduced by Bruce, no one of those old-looking huge trees are originally grown at the farm. This is a little disappointing to me. However, I appreciate this move very much. I am disappointed not for the false representation of the original, but the plain fact that we do not have hundred-year-old trees in the farm, yet that is because it was a real farmland. Thinking about sustainability of history, I now have a new angle to look at the BM Labyrinth. The history of labyrinth trace back to Before Christ. Despite the young age, the Labyrinth is still indeed historic. The best part is, as people are using this place everyday, more and more histroy is generated, adding up to the past. The Labyrinth and its surrounding are going to ultimately look different from its original appereance. Nevertheless, it is sustainable as long as it is valued and something is derived from its existence.



mtran's picture

I find your relfection very

I find your relfection very interesting, Barbara! Your mentioning that history is "accumulative" and that it is being generated adding up to the past reminds me of something I have read. It said that the best of things always lies in the future - in the unknown that is coming. It is also the reason why human beings should take action to protect the natural world, so that positive changes can happen and adaptations can lead to greatness.

Barbara's picture

"It said that the best of

"It said that the best of things always lies in the future - in the unknown that is coming." This sounds very optimistic! I somehow cannot quite understand how you relate history to nature protection. People indeed should people play a positive and active role in shaping future and make history. Is this what you meant...?