Welcome to Golden Age Thinking!

With this blog I hope to create a platform to reflect on our connections with our past. As a novice archivist and casual historian, I would like to share my love of history and fascination for the archival traces of the past with readers like you.

While Golden Age Thinking refers to nostalgia for the past and denial of the present, I have borrowed the term to reflect on the past and consider how times far gone continue to shape our lives today.

To understand today we need to understand yesterday. Our times have been profoundly affected by past events and will continue to be. In an era of fast information, it is easy to assume that we exist in a vacuum — to believe that that we only need to look at the present to understand ourselves, inundated as we are by ‘current events.’ But the past is always with us and its always current.

Curiosity about the past, according to Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a wish to see oneself reflected in it.

All inquiry into antiquity, — all curiosity respecting the Pyramids, the excavated cities, Stonehenge, the Ohio Circles, Mexico, Memphis, — is the desire to do away this wild, savage, and preposterous There or Then, and introduce in its place the Here and the Now (Ralph Waldo Emerson, “History,” Essays: First Series, 1841).

This blog contains what could be called “archive stories” — tales from the past, captured and preserved as archival traces for future generations. If you have your own archive story to share, feel free to contact me to share it.

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In the Ward 1920
Lawren Harris, In the Ward c. 1920

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