Who’s eyes are these anyway? If you know, you are a better authority on who’s who in San Francisco than I am.
I’ll post a little more of his face, and see if you can recognize him.
Can you guess his era? How about his nationality? This shows a little more of him.
I erased part of the paper behind him, leaving just a little clue. So if you have guessed his name, do you know what he did in San Francisco?
You may know already that he is a wax statue. I love them. They look so life-like. It really helps me to get a feel for history.
The interesting thing about statues is, first, how does the historian decide who is important enough to spend the time making a statue? Of all the hundreds of thousands of people who have lived in San Francisco over the years, why this guy? Then, once you, the historian, pick someone you want to immortalize, then you have to figure out what part of his or her life are the important years, or what the unforgettable story is. You only get a few paragraphs, at best, to explain to posterity what they should remember.
Try doing that just with the folks in your city or town, or even you family. For that matter, what about you. Could you write a paragraph about yourself that would sum up what contributions you made to the world, and why someone should remember you? Now you are starting to delve into the real work of historians.
So I’ll let you ponder this a bit, and see what story you might tell about this dashing gentleman. Take a guess. I’m sure Ralph could weave a great tale about this San Franciscan. Tomorrow I’ll let you in on the secret. If you’re from San Francisco, all the better. You might actually be able to recount the facts behind this man’s life. So give us all a great story here. Or maybe you’d like to tell about someone famous in your town. Or dig a bit, and write your own statue inscription for a museum of the future.
Take a shot at being a historian. 🙂