If anyone is checking the vendor page of the Northwest Catholic Family Education Conference, they will see Heritage History listed. This company is focused on "Putting the Story back into History, with traditional tales from long-ago." I have been enjoying browsing their well-organized website and I am looking forward to purchasing some of their products at the homeschool conference. I am also very interested in listening to some of their audiobooks when they are released.
The owners have provided families with an incredible number of old history books. Having witnessed firsthand how much one of my children likes talking about history (all absorbed from reading books), I have to say that I support Heritage History's reasons for developing the website:
We have developed the Heritage History website with the specific intention of doing our small part to help redirect the modern focus of history from its current degraded position as fodder for historians and social scientists, to its former and more elevated purpose as entertainment.
That history can be very instructive we do not deny. That it must be instructive, and that its primary purpose is to instruct, is the modern impulse that we seek to oppose.
When a modern young person wants to evade the oppressive necessity of thinking important and constructive thoughts, he escapes to his comic-books, fantasy novels, or video games for a bit of aimless fun. He would not dream of picking up a history book for a bout of irresponsible escapism, as his grandfathers and great-grandfathers did before him. Yet this is precisely the state of affairs that Heritage History hopes to help change. We seek to promote, not so much the study of history, as the enjoyment of History.
By making available "old-fashioned" history, as it was enjoyed as a pastime rather than studied as a subject, Heritage-History hopes to repair some of the damage to its
reputation inflicted by "social studies", and reawaken the interest of a new generation.