A Foundation Works to ‘Green’ the Past

A Foundation Works to ‘Green’ the Past

 ~ Samantha Lewis

When it comes to the ‘green’ community, most everyone speaks about the saving of habitats; the regeneration of the Earth so that the air will be cleaner, the water will be healthier, and the next generation will be able to enjoy the forests, the big sky, and not have suburbia end up being the only thing that still stands.

Broken gravestone

Broken gravestone

That is what the basis of ‘green’ is all about – saving the Earth. However, there is another ‘saving’ that also must be done when it comes to the next generation, and rejuvenating the minds and spirits of others, and that is the preserving and saving of the past.

The future is something we all must wrap our heads around when it comes to everything from solar power to wind energy, and the list goes on. But there is a foundation out there in this country that joins with others across the globe in making sure that our artifacts, our history, the work and talents of the many generations before us, are also protected.

Many in the literary world already know the name Steve Berry. This is a man who has written unforgettable, bestselling novels that fly off the bookshelves, introducing characters and plotlines that utilize the past – myths, secrets and truths from that past – to create a thrilling story. But writing great novels is not all Mr. Berry is interested in doing. In fact, he and his wife, Elizabeth, have traveled the world, and one comment they began to hear quite frequently was the fact that there is not enough money either available, or being placed, into the saving of our own human heritage.

Knowing that if such items were gone from this world the next generation and every one to come after would never see and understand the HM5-Arkansas-1-e1304441051383actual links to their own past, this became a huge issue. Yes, Google may house information regarding the who, what, where, etc., of our past, but the conservation of actual relics, the preservation of buildings and locations that have played a huge role in our history, must be done in order for the accomplishments of those who have gone before us to never be forgotten.

As we all know, whether working on the ‘greening’ of nature or the conservation of the past, money is always an issue. Governments are not exactly willing to set aside cash, taking it away from, say, a war program, to dedicate funds to historic preservation. This is where Steve Berry and his wife come into play.

History Matters was their creation. This foundation’s goal is to assist communities all around the world with historic restoration and

preservation projects. It will not come as a surprise that this novelist is behind this, seeing as that his thrillers are always focusing on something lost or forgotten, showing readers that history is extremely important in order for the present and future to work.

There are billons of rare and unique books, periodicals, documents, paintings, sculptures, and more, in collections – both public and private – all around the globe; almost 20% of these are now endangered because of poor conservation and preservation. This a history we can not get back.

Steve and Elizabeth

Steve and Elizabeth

History Matters raises those elusive funds necessary to make sure the past is never forgotten. There is even a 4-hour seminar taught by Steve

and Elizabeth where writers, aspiring writers, and readers can ‘buy’ their way in with a contribution, and all of the money raised from the workshop goes to particular historical projects. Just with this one fundraising event, writers get to help while also receiving the priceless education from one in their own field that can claim ‘best in the business’ status. History Matters also raises money through speaking engagements, galas, receptions, luncheons, dinners, club meetings, and so on. The list of projects is long and varied. History Matters has helped raised money for conservation and preservation projects, for everything from the P.T. Barnum Museum to the Lincoln Log Cabin; from historic cemeteries located across the country to the Mark Twain House.


So as we continue to work diligently for the preservation, regeneration, and protection of the planet – adopting energy programs that will save both plant life, wildlife and human beings – let us remember that there are people who are also doing their best to save the past so that future generations will never forget the achievements that their ancestors made to get us where we are today!

Read More at: 



Sayles’ South of the Border Whodunit Released on DVD

Go for Sisters DVD Review by Kam Williams   Sayles’ South of the Border Whodunit Released on DVD Bernice Stokes (LisaGay Hamilton) is a parole officer in Los Angeles where her job routinely places her in close proximity with the dregs of society. She normally has no reason to associate with such miscreants after hours, being very straitlaced and coming from a solid, middle class background. However, everything changes the day … [Read More its Good for You.....]



Thoughts From A Unicorn: 100% black. 100% jewish. 0% safe.

Thoughts from a Unicorn: 100% black. 100% jewish. 0% safe. by MaNishtana Foreword by Saul Sudin Hyphen Publishing Paperback, $19.95 392 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-61574758-3 Book Review by Kam Williams “Born to an African-American Orthodox Jewish family, MaNisshtana has spent his life being Black, being Jewish, fielding questions and accusations from all sides, and occasionally just Being. Through this witty, straight-talking … [Read More its Good for You...]



Walk on White, Thursday March 20th 2014

  For our March Walk on White, we will be feauring works by Elizabeth Devries, Coco Eriksen, Helen Harrison, Vera Vasek, and more of your favorite Harrison Gallery artists. Like us on … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

A Brokerage Firm Dedicated to the Land & Devoted to the Client

  Republic Ranches: A Brokerage Firm Dedicated to the Land & Devoted to the Client   Large tracts of land perfect for the outdoor pursuits whether rattling deer in the brush country, calling ducks on the prairie, casting top waters for bass on an East Texas lake or working cattle in the big country - ranches, farms, and rural settings that are found across all the eco-regions of  the Lone Star State and Oklahoma. These … [Read More its Good for You.....]



Laugh Until You Cry

Laugh Until You Cry ~ Amy Lignor I was a kid. I had the best family imaginable, yet I felt out of place. The only thing I could really do well was make up jokes when others weren’t feeling all that good. Even today, as my Mom struggles with retirement and getting older, she’ll cry at times because she feels like a burden (which, by the way, she is not). But even at those times, I can tell a joke, or change my voice in such a way that makes the … [Read More its Good for You...]



Tidewater Boats Leads Way in Value Segment Center Consoles

  Tidewater Boats Leads Way in Value Segment Center Consoles by Capt. Ted Lund   Whether it’s the diminutive 1784 Skiff or the flagship 2800CC, Tidewater Boats is leading the way for boaters in the market for a center console. Few —if any manufacturers —offer the combination boat lengths, horsepower, performance and materials and craftsmanship in this market segment, according to Tidewater’s Marketing director, Jai … [Read More its Good for You...]



A Summer of Prodigal Sons

A Summer of Prodigal Sons ~ Amy Lignor There hasn’t been this much ‘buzz’ about prodigal sons returning home since…well, the actual prodigal son returned home. But within the ridiculous web of intrigue that LeBron James has brought to the sports arena – a man who is now heading back to a new ‘welcoming’ fan base who once thought that LeBron’s face on urinal mats was a home décor item that could not be lived without – comes a prodigal son of the … [Read More its Good for You...]



How Can YOU be Part of the GROUND FLOOR Mega Hit, Nerium, in Canada?

How Can YOU be Part of the GROUND FLOOR Mega Hit, Nerium, in Canada?  ~ Betsy R. Smith Sales hit $1 million in just 2 weeks as Nerium International hit the ground running in Canada!  And that was just in 2 provinces.  Now open throughout Canada, momentum is building and the operation is running smoothly.   Ever want to be in the right place at the right time?  This is it.  Check out some of the news from the Nerium Blog about Canada … [Read More its Good for You...]



First Peoples Buffalo Jump

FIRST PEOPLES BUFFALO JUMP, Southwest of Great Falls, MT   The Interpretive Center wasn't open @ 8 a.m., I just drove on and found signs for the higher access to the Buffalo Jump off the rocks, over the ledge ~THE Buffalo ran and their legs, necks, backs were broken in many places and the People finished them off! I took many pictures and the first animal besides a small flock of Raven was a big fat Rock Chuck who posed for me, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living


A Glass Stadium for the NFL Causes Environmental Issues

A Glass Stadium for the NFL Causes Environmental Issues  ~ Samantha Lewis The NFL is all about hitting, ensnaring the QB and building up the number of sacks on your resume. Football is a contact sport, and most certainly would be boring if Manning, and others, simply wore a flag at their waists and nobody ever went down on the turf. However, there are environmental issues to consider when it comes to the NFL. No, we are not talking about … [Read More its Good for You...]