Sunday, January 1, 2012
More Orphan Heirlooms Have Gone Home
I'm not entirely sure why I feel so sad when photographs and documents have been left behind in estate sales and the like. In part it's because to me they represent the stories of people's lives, and once they are set adrift they no longer have the same context. But if absolutely no one in the family wants the items, perhaps they could be donated to a genealogical or historical society. There they can be appreciated and remembered as artifacts of lives that have been lived. They can be catalogued and available to people researching those families. They don't become generic nameless people with no histories.