I read a short novel named Seven Views of the Olduvai Gorge. The Olduvai Gorge is seemingly the epicentre of the beginning of human life. Through seven brief tales, one learns of the various lives and events that shaped humanity in the past, present, and future. In the course of these stories, we are reminded of the cruelty and glory of human existence: all taking place in this same spot, yet each so very different, each leaving a unique footprint.
That story reminded me how precious life is, and yet so vast a difference in how we pursue it. I live in Lanett, Alabama but have lived all over the US thanks to a military dad and have travelled the world thanks to an insatiable drive to explore and learn. Having been active in several local history societies and created websites for the same, I was eventually drawn to local history and the study of the life, sacrifices, and accomplishments of Marquis de LaFayette. As I continue to learn more, I am so privileged to belong with such a fine group of local citizens. It is an honor to be on this board.
The study of LaFayette is not just about a man, but a legacy of liberty, equality, and justice. He left a bold imprint on the future shape of America. Following LaFayette, or even those Seven Views of the Olduvai Gorge, we will leave our own footprint making ready the world to come.