Historic treasures can be found

It has again been brought to my attention there are still historic “treasures” to be found in local attics, basements, garages and buildings. The most recent “treasure” that was saved was a bound set of Parkersburg newspapers from the mid 1860s, Civil War era publications; they came very close to be being “landfilled!” Unfortunately it is highly likely that other historically significant items from that same location were trashed.

Perhaps it is not as frequent during routine spring-house-cleaning, but at times when families move, prior to buildings being razed or when people just get tired of “all this clutter” lying around, are the times when treasures are lost; it is too easy just to put documents and pictures and other items in a box or bag and set it at the curb.

Old newspaper articles have made mention of maps, photos and even manuscripts that have not as yet be found. These may be just the type of items that are taking up space at your home. It is this type of material however, that can be of great importance to genealogists and historians, and great additions to museums and the archives of historical societies.

Should your readers have old items, especially any of those mentioned above, lying in their attic or just “gathering dust somewhere,” I would urge them to contact their local historical society or museum. Not only might they have historical value, but they may also be something that could be sold.

Bob Enoch