“Man is a tool-using animal.
Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.”
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
The study of local history often centers around the development of tools and technology. In Information Science, the study of Technology and its impact on people is called Social Informatics.
Tools: Yours, Mine, Ours
Tools Connect various time periods and help us understand the context in which people lived out their lives. Often Oral histories capture people reflecting on earlier times with different technology constraints than those experienced at a later period.
The Cranford Historical Society has a wonderful collection of Historical Tools and they are working to create better ways to display them. If you are interested in supporting those efforts, contact the Historical Society.
Cranford resident, Curtis Grubb Culin III, 1937 graduate of Cranford High School joined the during World War II invented something special, the rhino tank, and this invention is celebrated as one of the most important contributions to the military technology of the time.
Ask Questions to Learn More
Aspects of Tools can provide research and study opportunities – start with asking some questions about the tools you see:
Tool Organizations can provide rich sources of reference material; here are a few to explore:
Consider the vast range of tools used in Industry, the professionals and in everyday life:
Tools and Tool Storage – Follow a journey across time
The Display of Tools