The Buena Vista County Historical Society is asking county residents to help keep historically important memorabilia from ending up in the landfill or antique stores.
Items need not be rare or worth a lot of money to be important to the museum. The value lies in their ability to reveal the history of the area. Most times the items with the least value have played the most important part in our ancestors' everyday lives. Things earlier generations took for granted, such as tools, letters, everyday clothing, toys and games, are usually those that now offer the most hints into our history.
For example, the Buena Vista County Museum has a number of fancy ball gowns, but they are sadly missing the everyday clothes like house dresses, overalls, nurses uniforms, mechanics, waitresses and most especially, play clothes for children.
The museum would very much like to have some of these items for their displays. Also lacking are children's toys and games. We do not have such things as team uniforms - basketball, baseball, etc.
Also lacking in the collection are everyday pictures. Not the studio-type pictures, but snapshots taken of people doing ordinary things - farmers working, games being played, people relaxing with their family at a picnic.
Read the rest of this article in the 1/20 Pilot Tribune.