“What Would You Do If You Have More Time?”

Hello everyone! In class we made a timeline. Considering my final project is a virtual tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, I opted to make a timeline of the construction of the building. Fun fact: the Capitol was not built all at once. It has been altered multiple times over two centuries, as late as 2008. This timeline is a summary of *some* of the changes that the building has seen over the years.

In her article “Spacial Storytelling”, Emily Bembeneck discusses how the human world revolves around time and how our lives are dictated by it. While she does go onto say that our minds handle time in varying ways and emphasizes the importance of space (rather than time) in regards to storytelling, she does make a valid point. As she said, “Time is a strict master of our lives. Our clocks tick like marching bands, and our calendars send reminders just on schedule everyday.” This is true, especially in regards to history. I cannot say how many times people have said to me, “You’re a history major? Then you must be good at memorizing dates!” While there is so much more to history than memorizing dates, they are important. It is how we contextualize and understand what happened in the past and how various events/trends developed and effected the future. The U.S. Capitol Building is a great example of this–as the country changed and grew, so did the building. For example, as states were added, the House and Senate Chambers had to move multiple times to accommodate more representatives and Senators. Even today, paintings and statues are added and altered in accordance with various events in American history. Therefore, a timeline is appropriate, because, via a timeline, one can see how the Capitol changed along with the nation.

Note: the title of this post is from the musical Hamilton. Here is the citation:

Miranda, Lin-Mauel. “Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story.” Hamilton, AvatarStudios, 2015, Genius, genius.com.

 

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