Civilization is Memory

From the Introduction to Mary Emogene Hazeltine’s Anniversaries and Holidays: A Calendar of Days and How to Observe Them (1928).

“The Calendar seeks to create an appreciation of the importance of all the factors of permanent character which we have inherited from customs, traditions, great lives, and events as they were set forth day by day. To this end, it is a good thing to keeps holidays and anniversaries because they make us remember. And civilization is memory– the memory of what men have learned before us, that we may learn more.”