Remove yourself, sir!
To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is.
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
marinate your mind
You can't be a full participant in our democracy if you don't know our history.
The pull, the attraction of history, is in our human nature. What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much is luck the deciding factor?
I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do, in the original sense of the word - for love, because I love it. On the other hand, I think that those of us who make our living writing history can also be called true professionals.
No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read.