Second Saturdays – Myths and Lies in History
A common mistake in historical research is accepting recollections and reminiscences without viewing them skeptically or attempting to verify them. This is especially true when research is performed into the lives of prominent personalities. It is difficult to accept that first-hand statements recorded in journals, diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts may be misleading, inaccurate, or blatantly fictitious. Yet, history has shown that people will write things that place them close to prominent persons or events, inflate their sense of importance, add prestige to their family name, property, or community, enhance their social standing, or provide them with attention as a good storyteller.
Myths and Lies in History, a program based on the numerous fables, stories and tall tales that are commonly presented as real history. After years of scholarly study he’s found issues with many stories, including a couple of local doozies. He will teach attendees to look at history with a discerning eye and spot anything suspicious, but he will also entertain and teach.