By Grant Hier
and John Brantingham
Just outside of the frame of what has been recorded as “True History” exist countless stories, places, objects and people that connect our lives to the continuum of what came before us. As D. J. Waldie writes in his Introduction, “the history embodied in the stories in this collection [has] the quality of continuous epiphanies that enmesh the local, the regional, and the global." Like tiles in a larger mosaic or pieces of a patchwork quilt, these highly compressed, non-chronological narratives interconnect to reveal a larger story, highlighting places that traditional history books have failed to reach, finding the emotional truths once lost to the shadows, giving us a deeper understanding of our past.