I had the thought of this thread the other day while watching a travel show on Sweden. There is this sense of pride in so many people's countries and yet, so few New Jerseyans know about the heritage and culture of New Jersey. I would seriously like to change that. The celebrate their culture and their heritage.
Do people know about the first settlers to New Jersey? New Sweden? New Netherlands? The Leni Lenape Indians? Do people know that during colonial times the governor of New York, had the governor of New Jersey kidnapped in the middle of the night and jailed for not listening to what he said? Do people know ALL the names that New Jersey has had throughout the centuries? Do people know that during colonial times, New Jersey was a place of freedom, especially religious freedom, while the other colonies were ruled by particular groups.
New Jersey is a great state, with a great heritage and a great culture. We are not the Sopranos, we are the descendants of years of immigration, from the indians to the european settlers to the many nations that came through Ellis Island and after.
I totally agree that each and every one of us should take a certian amount of pride in where we come from and understand how it all happened. But history often has a way of being divisive but other than that, it is a good idea to take a moment and think of someone else besides ourselves, if not our neighbours, then at least our forefathers.
I generally visit this forum once a month and have to say that I sadly agree with you. I am neither too old nor too young, you know, just plumb in the middle between the two. I guess there is not much we can do about this except to blame the play stations and the techno blitz that we are all currently under. The only thing that we can do is adapt by using somme of the same technology to garner much wanted public interest.