I was more interested in history. It wasn't just the stories, tough they captivated me. I wanted to go visit the places where important decisions were made and battles were fought. To stand in a room or on hallowed ground is exciting. Listening to a guide interpret its meaning is exhilarating. None of this would be possible without generous, like-minded people giving of their time and money to study and promote preservation.
Many are under the assumption that history is boring and stuffy, like a reference section in a library. Libraries are awesome, but history extends well beyond their stacks of books. My particular interest is the Civil War. Battlefield parks are great places to spend a day - or two or three. They're clean, and most provide acres of land to hike, job and ride a bike. They're great places to take dates. The more land saved, the more opportunities for enjoyment. I highly recommend the Civil War Trust. It's the premier organization for battlefield preservation. By visiting http://www.civilwar.org you can learn about member benefits, conferences, teacher workshops and more. Of course, many communities have local chapters of various historical groups. So get involved. History could use your help. Far from stuffy, we history buffs are an attractive lot, too.