When you read what you wrote, then doesn’t it sound like you’ve made up your mind already :-) I am sure you’ll find a way to tie it all together! The mindset is “where there is a will, there is way”. All the rest is form more than anything else?
If you want additional inspiration on how to weave history into the present than you might want to take a look at Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
It shows how an unusual approach can work extremely well.
In fact, next time you go out to see the sunrise you might want to walk up the mountain and along the way, who knows, you might find that special combining component that sets your story apart :-)
Good luck, cheer, cheer.