Lessons From The Past

As a Library there are few things that are cherished more than old books. At the Hamilton County Library we are the proud owners of not just one book, but a whole book series that is 118 years old! The name of this series is entitled The Messages and Papers of the Presidents. Within are collected papers and documents concerning some of the presidents of the United States. These papers were compiled by James D. Richardson.

James D. Richardson

Within the first volume, which contains the papers of the presidents from 1789-1817, is a collection of the papers that pertain to the election of George Washington. Included among these is his inauguration speech. During his speech George Washington asked congress to limit his earnings as president to what was necessary to ensure public good was achieved. When we look at our history we see noble sacrifices like George Washington refusing to profit from serving his country; and we can take that knowledge and apply it to our daily lives.

It is said that you cannot judge a book by its cover. An age of a book is also a precious thing. If taken care of a book can last many years. These books, are older than, chances are, anyone you are going to meet. These books existed, and contained knowledge before, Google existed. They saw the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. They taught history before the rise and fall of the Third Reich, and they are still available to give knowledge to the nation which they are written about.


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