Why We Do What We Do

I shared the following post on the historical society’s Facebook page and thought I’d post it here, as well:
“Just wanted to share…why we do what we do: We had some visitors this week who dropped in to see some portraits of their ancestors that they knew we had. These portraits hang in the Museum. We told them we might have some more family information in our genealogy library. They were then able to hold in their hands the sermons that their ancestor had held in his hands, written in both English and German, around 150 years ago, here in Henry County. This is why we exist, to preserve the bountiful history of our county to share with people today and future generations, for the descendants of our early Henry County citizens to make a connection with their ancestors. This particular visit made me stop and think about what the importance of Henry County history means to so many generations and what an honor it is to be a guardian of the treasures of yesteryear.”

Later on that week, we had a member stop by to donate a ticket used by the Union Traction Company of Indiana (Interurban).  He asked what we did with our transportation artifacts, photos, and documents, if we ever put them on display to be shared.  Oh, how we’d love to have the space to do that!  We have *so much* stored away just waiting on that special person to come look at it and learn from it.  I tucked the train ticket into an archival-quality envelope so that it wouldn’t get lost in the Interurban file.  Hopefully, in the future, we’ll be able to virtually display more of our collection.  I entered the ticket into PastPerfect and soon will have the ability to add the picture of it, as well.  For right now, though, here it is:

Our database continues to grow!

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