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Your Clutter Might be Our Treasure

by Barbara Rimkunas

This "Historically Speaking" column was published in the Exeter News-Letter on Friday, January 18th, 2019.

“I have a few things I’d like to drop off,” says the voice on the answering machine. “We found them in the attic and thought you’d like them – besides, we don’t want to throw them out.” The Exeter Historical Society, like most small historical organizations, acquires most of its collections through donation. Sure, we occasionally spot something in an on-line auction that we’ll bid on, but for the most part our materials are donated from people who have lived, or still live, in town. Since there’s currently great interest in clearing out clutter, it might be a good time to provide some guidance on when to contact your local historical society about the fabulous things found in the attic (or basement, or bureau, or closet, garage, barn, shed, etc.)

Guideline #1: We can’t take everything We’d love to – believe me. 

There’s a fine line between “archivist”…

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