History is more than wars and generals. Itís more than politicians and constitutions. Itís more than dates and numbers.
Itís also the story of everyday people whose names donít appear in history books or as possible answers on multiple-choice tests. Itís their stories that define the times.
Twentieth-century historian Will Durant compared civilization to a stream with banks. ďThe stream is sometimes filled with people stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks,Ē he said.
A new book about Carroll Countyís agricultural heritage tells what happened on the banks. And itís a valuable service to residents of the county.
ďFarming in Carroll CountyĒ by Lyndi McNulty is part of the ďImages of AmericaĒ series.
McNulty sorted through 2,600 photos and was able to present a variety of aspects of rural life in Carroll.
She said the photos showed what people valued since cameras werenít as available in the past as they are today.
McNulty and her husband, who helped research the book, also transcribed oral histories from hours of interviews with families. They plan to donate the transcripts to local historical societies.
Agriculture is still important to Carroll. This importance is shown in politics: The county commissioners have made agricultural preservation a big part of their proposed fiscal year 2010 budget.
Itís also shown in recreation, such as the annual Carroll County Tractor and Truck Pull that took place Sunday.
You likely wonít find many Carroll farmers listed in textbooks. None of their names will appear on exams. But their work has helped define the county and maintain a fulfilling tradition.
McNultyís book helps show through images the story of what happened on the banks of the stream. Itís a story Carroll countians can be proud of.