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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

Part II,   pp. [163]-[164] PDF (245.6 KB)


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"May I underline the belief that each of us is a trustee of the past-that
we have
the important task of living up to our inheritance and adding something to
it.
"Let us always remember that there was a time in this country when even
a whole
day of life was not taken for granted; much less water, shelter, and a safe
night's
sleep. Now by reason of this uniquely bountiful heritage, we take for granted-
too much. We assume, we expect, we insist. Nowhere else in the world is this
possible.
"It is not to guarantee us ice cream and television that women bore
children under
Indian attack-that they were partners in the great pioneering sweep to the
West
" . . . It is perhaps good for us to remember what our simple right
to vote cost other
human beings. Perhaps they had no thought for us; they were concerned with
making their America. But what they made is what we have.
"To take this heritage unthinkingly for granted is a first step to losing
it.
"Tomorrow can be kept bright and shining, I firmly believe, only through
the same
faith and courage, the hard work and common sense, the positive Americanism
we
build into today."
                         MRs. RumH DEYOUNc KOHLER, given before the
                         American Association of Museums on May 30, 1952


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