Carol Kammen narrates an experience she had while escorting a number of school children who were seeking a local field trip destination to a place that they had not yet visited.

Kammen recounts the journey to nearby Elmira, New York, which is filled with a number of historical features ranging from the Civil War to Mark Twain.

Through this example she enlightens readers to how local, hometown sites can have valuable and fascinating stories that inspire visitors discover their own histories.