History an onging lesson

Published 8:18 pm Saturday, March 17, 2012

History is a living thing. It’s not only about the past, history is being made today and it will continue being made tomorrow and into the future.

You may think history is boring and you may well have hated it in school but nevertheless, everyone plays a role in the making of history.

It’s important to hold on to the memories, to tell them, write them down, pass them on, because to a large extent we exist in and through other people’s memories. If someone someday tries to reconstruct our lives, their challenge will be to take all those stories about us and make sense of them, putting them together with our letters and diaries and e-mail, wills and tax returns and checkbooks, clothes and packed-away mementoes of trips and proms and evenings out.

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These are the things of which history is made. You see, we all are part of history, no matter how insignificant we seem, pieces of a puzzle whose grand picture we won’t ever see. We can’t even know which part of the pattern we fit into, which corner of the puzzle we fill, though we may guess — women pioneers, writing in their journals, must have had some sense that they were contributing to the history of the west.

We want to give you a chance to be a part of history while listening to the historic places in Austin.

The Senior Center is hosting Dustin Heckman, executive director of the Historical Society, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Dustin will be presenting the 10 sites in Austin that are on the National Register. Join others as we remember back to our younger days. To sign up for this fun class stop by the Senior Center front desk or call 433-2370 ext. 0. See you there.

 Upcoming Events

Monday: Blood pressure, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Evies Exercise, 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; Hormel Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Wellness Clinic 10:30 a.m.;cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4 p.m.; Zumba, 5:30 p.m.; movie, “Play The Game,” 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Wood Carvers Club, 8:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Cribbage), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; Historical Presentation, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; computer class, 2 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4 p.m.; Zumba, 5:30 p.m.

Friday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; Cards (Bridge), 12:30 p.m.

 Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge

March 5, three tables

1st Russ Vaale, 2nd Tom Lerum, 3rd Loretta Nelson, 4th Lawrence Larson, 5th Steve Howard

Tuesday Duplicate Bridge

March 6, four tables

1st Lorraine Lippert, 1st Dave Solomonson;

2nd Bud Higgins, 2nd Jim Fisher; 3rd Marge Blaser, 3rd Joyce Crowe; 4th Dick Hansen,

4th Larry Crowe

Tuesday “500”

March 6, four tables

1st Beulah Luthe, 2nd Betty Fisher, 3rd Wayne Chilson, 4th Helen Broitzman



1st Mildred Ballantyne


1st Mildred Ballantyne

Friday Cribbage

March 3, three tables

1st Arnie Lang, 2nd Mary Johnsen, 3rd Betty Jorgenson, 4th Larry Larson

Weekly Cribbage

March 6, three tables

1st Loretta Prantner, 2nd Lorraine Low, 3rd Barb Dickman

Weekly “500”

March 9, 4 tables

1st Eddie Hall, 2nd Dorothy Schloo, 3rd Wayne Chilson, 4th Lois Anderson

Semcac Daily Meals

Monday: Corned beef

Tuesday: Pork Steak

Wednesday: Chicken ala King

Thursday: Soup and sandwich

Friday: Salisbury steak. Alt: Baked cod