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The Hidden Benefits of Learning History

When you think about history, you probably think about dates, events, and other boring information you were forced to memorize in school. Instead, you should think of history as medicine that can be prescribed to your modern problems.


This is a great video and article brought to my attention by Craig Cardimon. As someone with a Bachelor’s degree in History, and raised by a historian father, I concur with this video. History, above all else, provides perspective and understanding of how we got to be where we are now, why our culture is the way it is wherever we are, why language has developed the way it has, etc.  Understanding history of anything–even something like the development of a product in tech writing–has its merits. Check out the video on this page, and think about it. What do you think? Do you think history has its place?


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

3 thoughts on “The Hidden Benefits of Learning History

  1. That was good. Thanks for sharing it. Alas, I was in college before I understood the value of studying history. One teacher turned the light on for me, and he did so by pointing out that history was “breaking news” for the people who lived it. That helped me gain perspective on my obsession with the present.

    1. I think I took it for granted for a long time as well, simply because learning about it was commonplace at my home growing up. While some families would have conversations about sports, weather, how their day went at work/school, our dinner table always had some sort of history lesson worked into it with the additional, “And did you know he/she was from New Jersey/Polish/Irish?” (Our ethnicity was very important to my dad, and still a driving force for him.) He’d also pick up on our interests and tell us stories that sounded crazy, but weren’t fiction, and he was always a source for interesting school paper topics. I think historians, ultimately, are storytellers–and isn’t that what we are trying to be as writers, in some form or another? So, it’s been integrated in me as long as I remember.

  2. I went to a career day back when I was in high school. I was interested in history, and I visited the history table to talk to the professor there. When I asked about careers, I was told one thing. “You can teach.” As I wasn’t interested in teaching, the whole idea of majoring in history ended right there. I wonder how different things would be if I attended a career day now.

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