Front page of The Waukon Standard Article. Such great writing by Julie Berg Raymond!
Promoting 7th generational stewardship through oral histories, traditional & genetic genealogy, intergenerational community activities, and enrichment classes.
163 W Main
Spring Grove, MN
We desire to promote a sustainable higher quality of life for members & their descendants, under all potential future conditions. Stewardship-conscious small communities are recognizing that "it takes a village". They are trying to understand what they can do now to preserve and pass down those principles that they hold dearest, no matter what conditions may come. Giants will be: 1. Providing fun activities which promote a healthy, active, and social lifestyle. We especially hope our activities will encourage intergenerational family and community dialogue that will build friendships, authentic community, and healthy interdependence at a local level. 2. Collecting meaningful stories from our citizens through oral history video interviews, particularly our senior citizens, in order to preserve and share the wisdom they have--both as individuals and as groups--as they reflect on the many experiences of life. 3. Making those video stories widely available to younger family members and community members for generations to come through our large online family tree by linking those stories to people and events recorded in that tree. 4. Providing online and in-person small group forums and discussions where people of all ages can hear these stories and extrapolate core values that they hope will not be lost in the changing times. 5. Acting to promote the sustainability of each person's, each family's, and each community's commitment to their core values by imagining and preparing for times and conditions that would most test their ability to remain true to their commitment. We hope to preserve and share practical heirloom skills that have sustained small communities through hard times, skills that allowed for community and family self-reliance and self-sufficiency-such as harvesting maple syrup, milking cows, making flour, butchering animals, gardening, and bartering locally. We hope to pass down to our children and grandchildren the virtues that helped our pioneer ancestors make it through rough times: physical stamina, practical skills, positive mental attitude, realistic expectations, and practical intelligence. We want future generations to make the best of "whatever hand fate deals to them." Further, a healthy self-reliance has been shown to be important for the integrity of a democratic republic, as desperate individuals who are overly dependent upon others tend to be subject to coercion by the mere witholding of staples. 6. Honoring our ancestors by being better stewards of those things that they entrusted to us. Since good stewardship requires good understanding of reality rather than wishful thinking and positivity posturing, we will research our ancestors' diaries and other writings to help us deconstruct our current assumptions about reality. If history has shown us one thing, it is that "reality", among the various human herds, is a slippery notion, more dependent upon what people "believe" others expect of them than an authentic critical/rational interaction with physical realities. In every community there are numerous colloquialisms that have arisen through chance, laziness, or mere stupidity. The momentum behind these colloquialisms is so great that they cannot be addressed head on for what they are, without mobilizing the reactionary elements of a society. Thus, we seek authoritative sources of reality in order to cultivate a better understanding of 1)the genes we are born with, 2)the habits that are conditioned into us, and 3)the mind. The mind is unique in that, although it is primarily used merely to find homeostasis between the two lower appetites--when actualized more fully it has the capacity to be used to transcend the particular appetites of the self (using"the Logos") under abstract transcendental principles. Thus, it is our minds that have the potential to intuit meaning that transcends mere nature or nuture, an intuition that alone brings free will. To free ourselves from dogmatic slumber, our Center is using state of the art genetic ancestral research, genetic relative finding, written & oral histories, family tree indexing, collaborative sharing, and heirloom technical and interpretive decryption. The latter will allow us to uncover esoteric interpretations of texts and stories that we might have thought we understood all our lives.
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Providing an advanced personalized and collaborative approach to historical preservation, Giants of the Earth Heritage Center offers genealogical and genetic genealogy assistance, digitization services, and video interviews of senior citizens about historical events, experiences, and values. Our local history museum exhibits provide a glimpse into Spring Grove's past, and challenge visitors to consider its future. Giants is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and donations to it are tax-deductible.