By Erin Doane, Curator
Like all historical societies, our museum is filled with common items. Certainly, there are extraordinary, one-of-a-kind items in our collection as well but most of the objects are from everyday life. More than once while I was touring people through collections storage someone has seen an object on a shelf and said something along the lines of “My grandmother had one of those” or “I remember playing with that when I was little.” If so many of our museum’s artifacts are so ordinary, why do we collect them? We collect them because it is the common items of everyday life that tell the history of a people.