I was never very interested in history as a subject in school. My grades were proof to that. But, over the course of time, as I tended to my own family's needs, my interest in our ancestral roots grew. Once I was able to place family members (such as my great-grandfather Frank Andersen, a Norwegian immigrant, or my Nana Richardson with Pilgrim roots) in historical context, things changed. It's kind of like watching a Broadway play and personally knowing the star of the show. There's perspective and clarity to history because it's our history.
Now, because of this interest, I have become the recipient of a plethora of family papers, photo albums, and other heirlooms. By using this archive of stuff, it is my hope to bring these stars into focus in such a way that my children will remember those who came before them and to protect and guard the memory of their ancestors.
* The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
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