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Everything I Know About Anything I Learned from American Experience


James Earl Ray escaped from maximum security prison in a bread truck.
Lobotomies were a common cure for eccentricity.
Dolley and James Madison were introduced by Aaron Burr--yes, that Aaron Burr.

Change is brought about by everyday people.
It is easier to give advice than to take it.
Fear is the greatest cause of injustice.
If you don't have anything nice to say...

These are a few of the lessons I take with me as I get ready to leave my friends and colleagues at American Experience after more than five years. Some of you might think I'm crazy for leaving this job, and maybe I'm secretly starting to think that, too. What keeps me excited about the change -- it's a big one -- is that I know what I'm taking with me as I leave. 

I'm taking an appreciation for history that I didn't have when I got here, and the ability to look at the news and recognize when we're in familiar territory. It's a roadmap - and sometimes it leads us in the right direction, and sometimes it steers us wrong - but we never get lost. It's comforting.

I'm also taking some amazing life lessons from a group of talented and inspiring people who I'll miss greatly. I can't wait to see what they come up with next. 

So, it's my last blog post here. Unless of course they start taking guest posts from viewers like you (and me).  

Jen Holmes is a member of the marketing and communications team at AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.


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