9/26/2017 4:42:00 AM Duck Ponderings: Windows to Heritage history
About David Webster
From Lovett to Hope, David Webster, former Hope 5th grade teacher, pulls his writings from great people and great experiences.
I was impressed with countless things during 2017 Hope Heritage Days.
One thing that really struck me was how the library team of David Miller, Brenda McKinney, and Stephanie Shoaf took the time to go through the archives of the Hope Star-Journal, made copies of something that caught their eyes for each Heritage Days, and then posted it on all the lower windows of our wonderful library facility. I don't know if the architect, Deborah Berke, ever thought of the windows being used that way; however, it certainly got my attention as well as the attention of others. While viewing each one, I particularly noticed some titles and jotted them down thinking others might enjoy them if not getting a chance during the schedule-packed weekend.
Celebrate Your Heritage
Heritage Days Produces Winners & More Winners
Heritage Days 40: An Explosive Good Time
Hope Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Back To Back Local Events
Heritage Days XXXVII Ready To Roll
Honoring Hope's Pioneer Past, Celebrating The Present, & Looking To The Future
Dr. Hope's Medicine Show Good For All That Ails Yous
Heritage Days: Never Underestimate The Power Of Hope
History, Food, & Fun For All At 43rd Annual Heritage Days
Weather Man Smiles On Celebration XXXIV
WW II Flyers Honor Their Friend During Heritage Days Flyover
It's Showtime For Heritage Days XXV
Hope's Heritage Bathed In Sunday Sunlight
A Great Day To Remember
Our Heritage Prayer
God & Country Rally To Mark Close Of Festival
Here Comes The Big One Again-It's Hope Heritage Days XXIX
Heritage Day Proves To Be Another Success
The Faces Of Heritage Days
It Takes Many People To Produce Heritage Days
Hope Heritage Days Were Classic: Skies Were Blue, The Crowds Both Days Were Huge, Shoppers Shopped, The Hungry, & Not So Hungry, Ate Their Fill, & Nearly 200 Units Paraded
Heritage Days: Working, Walking, & Entertaining
Glorious Heritage Days
Sodden Skies Fail To Spoil Silver Anniversary
Heritage Day XXIII Poised & Ready
I happened to see Michael Dean, Heritage of Hope CEO, shortly afterward and asked if he might have a title. Without hesitation, he suggested A Hot Time In The Old Town. What title would I select for 50th Heritage Days? One that comes to my mind is No Fireworks But A Lot Of Good Works. And, after representing HSJ Online in the parade, I offer Plenty Of Smiling Faces Despite The Heat.
It was 1974 when I was first introduced to Hope. I was impressed then and continue to be impressed. During Heritage Days, I was thinking about how fortunate we are to be a part of a small town that finds a way to turn its pages. In Hope, we simply support one another! Oh, we have our differences, but we all know the legacy of our town, our Surprising Little Town, depends on each of us to move forward for the generations to follow. There is just something powerful about walking to a red, white, and blue entry in the parade and hearing a former graduate state, "I'm a Hopeite and proud of it!"