Educate and entertain?

The celebration this past weekend for Hillsboro’s 125th anniversary and the 100th birthday of the Wm. F. Schaeffler House was a great event for those who appreciate history and the pilgrimage of a hometown. It was less compelling for those who like to celebrate within a “party environment”—modern music, creative contests and lots of laughs. These preferences generally fall along generational lines, but not always.

One approach is not inherently better than the other, and the above comment is not a criticism of what transpired. The planning committee did a great job of giving this milestone the public attention it deserved. Still we wonder: Can we make history more dynamic for the younger gener­a­­tions —or infuse more substance into the superficiality of today’s “entertain me” culture. The blend could be powerful. —DR

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