A modest proposal.

 

For generations, History, and her champions the Historians have been concerned primarily with truth- namely, with the task of finding the one Truth behind the events of Civilization and in doing so, dispel any lingering Untruths. We the members of the North American Pseudohistorical Society believe such endeavors to be, not only dull and tedious, but erroneous in thought. We believe most concretely that no such One Truth exists, but rather, that there exist multiple Truths, each no more valid a truth than the next.

Our mission, instead, is to find and celebrate multiple truths, and even untruths, if the story’s better. As humans, we live and breathe outside of the Text, and so, as pseudohistorians, aim for our work to live and breathe in a variety of media and methods. We strive to rigorously study, trusting the words of our hero, Herodotus; “Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects.’

 

To this end, we have undertaken several small-scale endeavors. At times, these endeavors seek to mine deeply a narrow focus, as with our temporary institution, the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum (Which, it is worth noting, we were able to expand last summer with a new, permanent collection wing, along with several workshop sessions with the distinguished Will Foster. The later of which resulted in a fine collection of speleographic paragenetic studies of the area’s flora, fauna and hand washing stations.) Other times, we may sacrifice depth to cast our probational nets wide, as we did this past fall with the Center for Lacunal Inquiry. During this time, we shifted our focus from one particular place to nonplaces, exploring the various lacunae throughout the Columbus Museum of Art. Other past enterprises have included a wide range of subjects, including the surveyor cum prophet, P.T. Simmondinger, the ancient Earthworks of Newark Ohio, and the growing field of numerological historiography.

 

Having grown exponentially over the past year, we, the North American Pseudohistorical Society, respectfully propose a new study, bigger in scope and influence that previously attempted. Over the next year, we hope to explore the infinities of the finite, the terminal, in short, the ENDs that (cease to) exist around us. This proposed study and resulting exhibition would lean heavily, as always, on the help of volunteer research assistants, and drawfrom several sources with varying degrees of reliability, including public record, personal journals, historical websites and pure conjecture.

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