History is a fickle thing

The real stories hide behind the things that never happened, such as the Spring into the Past Museum tour 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a letter from Sally Johnson, president of the TriRiverHistoricalMuseum Network, (TRHMN) organizer of Spring into the Past tour.

History is a fickle thing.  It doesn’t always follow the path that you think it will.  So goes it in this year of 2020. 

This is a historic event – this year of 2020 – and we are all trying our best to adjust to the trials and tribulations that we are faced with.  Some of us have been able to manage and other find it a difficult time.  It is not easy but it is a small price to pay to keep us all safe and healthy.  I hope we are all doing our best to protect each other and to help our small businesses in a safe way.  We are a strong people and we will come through this as we all work together.  Thank you to all those doctors, nurses, first responders, and everyone else who is putting their lives out there to make sure we are able to get the foods, health needs, and other things that we need and have probably taken for granted over the years.  I find a new appreciation for all these fellow Americans.  God bless them all.

We all thought we would be looking forward to our usual events and daily life as was the norm.  But  a road block was thrown up and everything  was brought to a halt.

This was the weekend we would be holding our annual “Spring Into the Past” event and we would all be looking forward to welcoming visitors to our museums.  Our displays for celebrating the right of women to vote would have been in place. Other celebrations connected to this historic event were planned.  Now with our museums still closed and the social  distancing that is required these things are not happening and others are playing the waiting game.  We will not let this deter us from moving forward (not for this year) but to looking ahead with a positive attitude and 2021. 

I keep hoping that we might be able to meet later this year but as it is we will have to be patient and see what the future weeks bring.  In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.  Follow the rules that have been put before us and help us combat this vicious virus that is attacking us.

I sincerely hope you are all doing well.  We are keeping our thoughts positive and minds and bodies busy.  We find lots of things to do to pass the time indoors and out. 

We miss seeing all our friends from TRHMN.

Sally and Dick Johnson

Featured photo: a hat display at the Bowne Township Museum during one of the Spring into the Past Museum tours.

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