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Introduction to Part II
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By reaching out to children, history museums find themselves trying to connect the distant past to an audience whose own history may span less than a decade and who are focused on exploring and defining their own place and associations with the visible world around them. In “Helping Your Child Learn History” Elaine Wrisley Reed writes: “Your child is born into history. She has no memory of it, yet she finds herself in the middle of a story that began before she became one of its characters. She also wants to have a place in it.”1 History expands a child’s story and challenges her to find a place in this new and unfamiliar narrative.