What Is HIP?

“The past is the mirror in which we may discern the dim outlines of the future.” — Frederick Douglass

I’m Aaron Barnhart — a journalist, critic, and history buff. For two decades I covered television, film, and the media for The Kansas City Star and other publications. For the past five years, my wife Diane Eickhoff and I have been researching, writing, and speaking around the Midwest about history.

I created History Is Power to help you understand how history influences us every single day.

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it … History is literally present in all that we do.” — James Baldwin