In Response to: Let’s Hit the Road!

Within the Museum of History in Granite (designed for 4,000 years, no guarantee), the “History of Humanity” monuments are used for teaching by the University of Northern Arizona. Writing in granite involves considerable research, hence I object to your Sept. 13 wording that it “purports” (i.e. “claims, often falsely”). This is quite different from other descriptions such as “meticulously researched” (Los Angeles Times) and “design worth the trip” (Time magazine). The museum has been praised by presidents of Princeton and of the University of California, a Supreme Court justice, and others.

A purpose of this letter is to ask your readers, by viewing, to form their own opinion of this endeavor, designed to give a view of our civilization to generations upon generations of scholars, of students, and of our descendants.

Jacques-Andre Istel ’49
Felicity, Calif.