A popular saying is that you need to know where you’re from to really know where you’re going. Culturally rich communities are effective guides in this regard. As such, more culturally rich communities should be built.
What is a “culturally rich” community?
We’re speaking of communities which have a good grasp of their local history. Local lore is preserved. There is active action regarding the maintenance and protection of historic landmarks. This is a community wherein the members themselves work hard to keep the ties to the past alive.
Like in Walhalla, the annual Oktoberfest is a great throwback to the German roots of the community. It is no secret that Walhalla was once a settlement of German immigrants from Hamburg. Walhalla takes great pride in things that tie them to that heritage. A great example of this is their care and restoration of the Keil Farm.
What benefits does a culturally rich community bring?
A common complaint that younger generations have is that they feel lost. A good way to counter this feeling is by developing a deep sense of belonging and cultural identity. That way, no matter where they find themselves, they are armed with the teachings their culture has ingrained in them.
Being able to have a frank look upon the years that have passed is a great way to spot mistakes. When you know what mistakes have been made, it’s easy to avoid them. If people are on the verge of committing the same mistakes, there is an established precedent on what should be done.
A community that has a strong sense of identity cannot be swayed or manipulated. Instead, they can serve as pillars in this uncertain world—especially during uncertain times.
A community that has great respect and care for their heritage usually enjoy tourism booms for their town. It’s not all that common to have full on communities be active in protecting their historical ties.
How can culturally rich communities be built?
This shall be a group effort. It normally starts with the pillars of the community itself. If they start the movement to reconnect with their history, this trickles down unto every branch of their society. It isn’t just a single generation that can accomplish this. It will take numerous generations to establish a strong sense of cultural identity. If you feel like you aren’t in a culturally rich community, take the steps to correct that today. Your community’s future generations will certainly thank you.