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From: "Vee L. Housman" <>
Subject: Re: [PD-LIFE] History
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 01:27:12 -0500
I guess both of us know what each of us is talking about. I was also
presented with boxes of papers and newspaper articles when I first took over
the position of town historian. They weren't as dusty as yours, but they
were certainly in a mess. Nonetheless, I grabbed hold of them readily and
after days, weeks and months I was able to sort them out and at least file
them chronologically. After many, MANY years (over 40(?)) they are finally
available for research.
Now I'm trying to do the same with the original newspaper articles that the
town's museum has been handing over to me for the past several years after
they had Xeroxed them and filed them away properly by subject. I want so
dearly to file them in folders by subject myself but I know that I'm the
only one who has been filing them chronologically and I guess I'm going to
have to eventually convince myself that it's the best way to go.
But before I'm convinced I guess I better haul myself back up to the museum
and check to see how the volunteer "girls" have improved on the filing
system I had set up over ten years ago. I have the feeling that they've
been so over-worked for years that they haven't had the time to break down
the larger files into special sub-categories.
Oh how I want to make all of the history of our town easily available to
anyone who has the slightest curiosity about it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carolyn Lacey" <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 10:10 PM
Subject: [PD-LIFE] History
>I can sure empathize with your sorting and filing of the town history
>articles. I am my church historian. They told me they had some boxes of
>papers in the furnace room at church and did I want to go through them
>before they pitched them! Wow! Did I! Oh, my! Must have been ten boxes
>or more! And dusty! I think I developed a dust allergy after about a
>month of going through the boxes. But the treasures I found. Minutes from
>the Official Board meetings dating back to the 1940's. Sunday School and
>Circle meeting minutes. Our church will be 150 years old next year and
>these records are going to be a big help. We also have a church web page
>and I have a "column" called "Do You Remember?" I submit old pictures and
>articles like when the old chandelier came loose from the ceiling during a
>church service back in 1866 The Quilting Ladies of the 1960's and when
>they were going to fine a Sunday School Clas because they hadn't gained a
>new member that month. I have been
> re-writing the church history and coming up with 52 tidbits of history to
> include in a bulletin each week next year. I went on the internet and
> found information on the 50 ministers that we have had in 50 years. And
> we are inviting back some of our past ministers to share in a Heritage Day
> in March next year. I think the article about the congregation not
> wanting the minister to take a vacation is hilarious!
> Do you Yahoo!?
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