American History Vault’s Purpose

The purpose of American History Vault is the study of American History through the life and times of those persons who were instrumental in the founding of the United States of America.  The means by which this will be accomplished is through their words.  By the use of primary documents and other historical  resources, American History will be studied, viewed and relived from their time to our time.

Studies into the individual lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States of America, as well as other historic persons, documents and events will be pursued.

In this study of American History we will be going deep instead of wide. Since this is the goal, a study can be picked up at any point in time along the historical timeline, or a focus can be given to any points of interest.

Though the purpose is to go deep into the study of the life and times of these individuals, there will still be a general historical framework given in order to provide historical continuity.

Learning to think critically will be a hands-on experience developed through these studies.  By means of personal research, analysis, classic historical interpretation (context is king), inductive and deductive reasoning, and opinion development, there will be a deeper dimension to the study process.   The end result of the research should also be a personal and moral benefit; affecting individual opinions, attitudes and the development of a solid and productive worldview, which is either similar to that of the Founding Fathers or in opposition to their worldview.

In the study of American History, from the pre-colonial to the founding of the United States of America, it is important to note the meaning of thoughts and words in their historic context. The context of the life and times of this historic period was a worldview based upon biblical principles, which in contemporary times has come to be known as a ‘biblical worldview’. Throughout the study, findings will not only support this, but will also provide support and an introduction into the concept of a ‘biblical worldview’.

In its simplest meaning, a “worldview” is that which one believes and thinks about the world.  It is these thoughts, and the development of these thoughts, that are considered to be vital by the American History Vault.

Our thoughts govern every aspect of our life. The way we think affects everything from our relationships, to our learning, to our recreation, to our job, to the direction our life will take. Since it is this opinion that our thoughts are so important, it logically follows we need to be careful and protective as to what we allow in our minds. What enters into our minds is absorbed and becomes part of our thinking process, even if we are not aware of the process; these thoughts take on an action, often a life of their own, which goes beyond self to the effect on others.

It’s the very nature of the mind and of our thoughts. Our mind is like a sponge; it absorbs. Have you ever heard the saying, “garbage in; garbage out” (old computer lingo)?  That’s the way our mind works. Should garbage go in — garbage will come out. That is why the American History Vault wants to emphasize getting it straight from the authors of the content of the American ideals and beliefs; in other words, straight from the horse’s mouth. Finding the truth, finding facts, finding evidence, and letting that proof stand for itself; that is what it is all about, The Truth.  And it is possible to find The Truth because of the availability of primary sources and other historical resources from American History.

Critical to this learning process is the understanding of the importance of rightly thinking. Thinking about things that are true, honorable, right, clean, beautiful, ideal, admirable, and excellent are only a few parts of the healthy productive thinking mind.

And so, because of the importance of the mind, as noted, this site’s theme and motto are, as found on the left sidebar, Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

There are so many incredible national treasures to be discovered.  To really understand their value and worth takes time and energy.  But once the process of discovery is completed, what you will have is a treasure which is priceless, and it’s yours to keep…forever.