Monday, October 3, 2022

Monday Moments - 1917, 2020 - 2022 Any Changes?

Continuing my trek to PA back in June, I stopped in Staunton VA to visit Woodrow Wilson's childhood home and  Presidential Library. Now this was a step back  into time - old creaky home tour (very interesting), and old fashioned library exhibits. No video, no buttons to push. Stroll and read. 
Very nice buildings and interesting displays. What struck me about Woodrow Wilson's presidency was how similar it actually was to today's time period. 
War (WWI), pandemic (Spanish flu), monetary issues, etc.    

Technology was the obvious big difference.  Back in the day, the news was by old fashioned newspapers, news reels, and radio.  Politics was handled on the back of a train - whistle stops. 

This display in the basement was stirring. The sounds of war echoed and you did feel like you were in the trenches. Very scary. (See the movie 1917 for reference - well done flick)

 The old presidential vehicle - a huge Pierce Arrow was very cool.  Push one of the buttons and the A-OOGA of the horn sounded.  

Again, this stop of mine was an exploration of history. Lots to think about. 

Then walk into downtown Staunton. Very quaint. I recommend the Clocktower for an excellent sandwich and time to ponder the world. 


  1. That would've been a cool tour. Yes, news didn't travel so quickly back then and I think that was a good thing.

    1. And folks generally agreed on the news and respected the source. Different era.

  2. Hi Joanne - yes today is so similar to experiences that the world has come across before - we need to realise what specific eye-opening lessons we can learn that apply in this day and age. The Museum seems very interesting ... definitely worth your visit - cheers Hilary

    1. The old saying that history repeats itself is so true.