The end of the year and with it the approaching holidays always get me to thinking about the past twelve months. Sort of a time for personal reflection, thoughts of things that went great and those that didn’t. I guess it all boils down to memory, which is our link between the present and the past.
What history museums do, or at least ought to do, is help people forge and maintain that link between then and now. My job here frequently brings me into close contact with objects that can serve as such links, by stirring memories of both personal and public events. Whether on view in exhibitions like Making Connecticut 1or through online resources such as eMuseum or Connecticut History Online, objects and images from this collection provide professional researchers and casual browsers alike the opportunity to make the connections with the past that provide context and meaning in our present lives. Trite? Maybe. True? Definitely!
Memories of holidays past, for example, are stoked by items like old Christmas cards or vintage decorations. Take, for example, a box of blown glass tree ornaments in the collection. Manufactured in Stamford and dating to the 1950s, these ornaments bring back memories of decorating the tree and, in the process, strewing that vacuum-choking tinsel all over the living room. Memory. It’s an inescapable part of being who we are; of being human.
So here’s wishing everyone the very best for the holiday season as we enjoy old memories all the while creating new ones to sustain us in the future.