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Jacques Istel wearing a sportcoat and sash which says Mayor of Felicity, arm in arm with his wife Felicity wearing a pink dress and matching coat in front of History of Humanity in Granite monument

Meet Our Founder:

Jacques-André Istel

Early Life

Growing Up

A young Jacques Istel wearing dark aviator glasses and a skydiving rig holding a helmet



A parachutist beneath a round parachute lands in front of a grand governmental building in Boston as a crowd watches
You might ask: What qualifications do I have to write a history of humanity? Well, I would ask: What were my qualifications to design parachutes when I was a banker?

Jacques-André Istel

Felicia wearing a pink sleeveless high-collared dress gently holding Jacques arm, an elderly man in black sports coat, slacks, and tie, in front of a History of Humanity monument


Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write history in granite.

Jacques-Andre Istel (Inspired by Edward Gibbon 1737-1794)

Aerial view of a section of the geometric pattern of the History of Humanity in Granite museum


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