Saturday, January 17, 2015
Connecting with the Past - Treasures Hidden Within an Old New England Home
In any case, Paige went on to say that during the course of doing some renovations on the house, they had found some letters, which had been tucked away in the eaves of the attic, and that these letters appear to date back to the original owners of our home. For a time, she considered giving them to the Scituate Historical Society, but now felt that it was appropriate to turn them over to us for safekeeping. I will admit that I was a bit shocked by this revelation and had to read these lines several times for it to sink in. I've always had an interest in American history (having majored in it at college) and in old homes, and to have a relic from the past, particularly of the people who once occupied our own home, seemed in many ways awesomely fortuitous and very special. To think that these letters remained undiscovered for over a hundred years, that they might offer us a small glimpse into the lives of the Newcomb family - it's beyond words to express how I excited I am about this.
We'd like to send the letters off to a professional to have them preserved in a shadowbox and maybe translated by someone accustomed to examining such things. Eventually, I'd like to display these artifacts in our study, as they remain part and parcel of this house. But for now, we've tucked away our treasures to some place dark, sealed and safe. I'd also like to pay a visit to the Scituate Historical Society to learn more about the Newcomb family and to see whether there might be other letters or documents out there.