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History (from Greek ἱστορία, historia, meaning "inquiry; knowledge acquired by investigation") is the study of the past. Events occurring before the invention of writing systems are considered prehistory. "History" is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of information about these events. Historians place the past in context using historical sources such as written documents, oral accounts, ecological markers, and material objects including art and artifacts.

History also includes the academic discipline which uses narrative to describe, examine, question, and analyze a sequence of past events, and investigate the patterns of cause and effect that are related to them. Historians seek to understand and represent the past through narratives. They often debate which narrative best explains an event, as well as the significance of different causes and effects. Historians also debate the nature of history and its usefulness by discussing the study of the discipline as an end in itself and as a way of providing "perspective" on the problems of the present.

Stories common to a particular culture, but not supported by external sources (such as the tales surrounding King Arthur), are usually classified as cultural heritage or legends. History differs from myth in that it is supported by evidence. However, ancient influences have helped spawn variant interpretations of the nature of history which have evolved over the centuries and continue to change today. The modern study of history is wide-ranging, and includes the study of specific regions and the study of certain topical or thematic elements of historical investigation. History is often taught as part of primary and secondary education, and the academic study of history is a major discipline in university studies.

Herodotus, a 5th-century BC Greek historian is often considered (within the Western tradition) to be the "father of history", or, the "father of lies". Along with his contemporary Thucydides, he helped form the foundations for the modern study of human history. Their works continue to be read today, and the gap between the culture-focused Herodotus and the military-focused Thucydides remains a point of contention or approach in modern historical writing. In East Asia, a state chronicle, the Spring and Autumn Annals, was known to be compiled from as early as 722 BC although only 2nd-century BC texts have survived.

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Blyth's Own

Blyth's Own

Description: Photo postcard..The men are identified as: back row (l-r) Unidentified, Ted Maines, George Haggitt, Chas Brombley, Fred Crawford, Russ Woods, Frank Biggin. Front row (l-r) Frank Scott, Chas Coleman... More

Dungannon School, teachers and kids

Dungannon School, teachers and kids

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group portrait of 81 students and teachers in front of frame building; empty frame chair in lower right corner; (written across front: Dungannon Scho... More

Lumber jacks, 1917

Lumber jacks, 1917

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Eleven lumber jacks standing in front of cookhouse or bunk house with two men in background to the left; all wearing hats; man to the extreme left we... More

Moving logs, 1917

Moving logs, 1917

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Posed image of six men and a team of horses in front of skid of logs; horses in lower right quadrant; man with reins sits midway down pile; man in fo... More

Family portrait, date unknown

Family portrait, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group portrait of three women and four men, full-length, facing front; man laying in front on floor wears dark jacket, pants, white shirt and collar,... More

Explore Huron - Goderich, Ontario | HuronCountyTV

Explore Huron - Goderich, Ontario | HuronCountyTV

David Yates explains what drove settlement in Hensall in the 1870s and what industries succeed there today. --- 'Explore Huron with David Yates' is a series in which local history buff, David Yates, describes... More

GODERICH: Huron Historical Goal HISTORY AWAITS YOU

GODERICH: Huron Historical Goal HISTORY AWAITS YOU

HISTORY AWAITS YOU !!! The Huron Historic Gaol is a unique and imposing octagonal building which served as the County Jail from its opening in 1841 until 1972 when all inmates were transferred to regional fac... More

GDCI History

GDCI History

A Brief History of Goderich District Collegiate Institute

Explore Huron - Goderich, Ontario | HuronCountyTV

Explore Huron - Goderich, Ontario | HuronCountyTV

David Yates explains what drove settlement in Hensall in the 1870s and what industries succeed there today. --- 'Explore Huron with David Yates' is a series in which local history buff, David Yates, describes... More

Radio Controlled Air Show, Goderich, Ontario, August 15-16 2015

Radio Controlled Air Show, Goderich, Ontario, August 15-16 2015

A video montage with different types of radio / line controlled plane models & shots from the Sky Harbour airport and its history. Recorded & edited by @curelet with Canon PowerShot SX 520 HS superzoom point-a... More

Sexy Goderich: Historic Plaques and Trees

Sexy Goderich: Historic Plaques and Trees

My iPhone camera captured some interesting elements of Goderich. This first installment I feature some of the Historical plaques on the upper Port of Goderich. There are many more in the Lower Port of Goderich ... More

CPR Station Move

CPR Station Move

"Video courtesy of the Port of Goderich." A Time Lapse video of Goderich's Olde Canadian Pacific Rail Station moving 250 meters to it's new location closer to Lake Huron. The 400 ton Station was built in 1907,... More