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Happy Kwansaa – people preserving and celebrating their heritage and telling its stories.

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Happy Kwansaa everyone! (The official “holiday” website:  Independent of how the week became recognized, by whom it was created/organized or why… it has evolved to a more friendly form of humanity in celebration of an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community. Indeed, I don’t think it takes away from the […]

Taking Care Of Original Family Collectibles (Memory Triggers)

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Detergent spilled from another box when they collapsed onto this portrait of a family member- a heartbreak for them. By Khola Malik, Guest Blogger – This article has been syndicated. See end of blog post for more details. Some items that are collected or saved over the decades in families might have a historical or […]

Good Recommendation From Chicken Soup For The Soul Author

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Heirlooms and pets don’t mix (at least not in the same space… like your car, unprotected). This big rip was a $2,500.00 mistake. While at a glance, the new book featured in this article, looks like a pet care book, actually, if your house was on fire and you had to grab and go, would you […]

Losing Treasured Family History Items and Heirlooms Is Heartbreaking!

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By Khola Malik Items that seem unimportant and worthless to one person, can be the most precious property to someone else! It doesn’t have anything to do with the financial value. Its all about the memories, your family heritage and the emotional attachments that would make loosing a keepsake heartbreaking. I’ve heard of people being […]

How to Keep Old Documents Safe

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Old documents can be a valuable source of family history information. In addition to formal documents, such as birth, death and marriage certificates, you may have old letters or other papers written by people from your family tree. Some of these could be relatively recent. You might have some old love letters or other documents […]

Fragile Tangible Heritage

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Our family heritage items are not all about financially valuable family heirlooms that will grow in value. Our heritage is also about the photographs and documents that help us to feel a close personal connection with the past. We feel more when we see a letter written between our great-grandparents than we do when we look […]

Why Our Heirlooms Matter

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Our tangible connections to the past, and the stories that go with them, can help us to form a sense of who we are and where we have come from. The lives that we have lived in the past shape our identities and influence the way we live now, but it can be difficult to […]