In researching my memoir, I oftentimes slipped into the role of my alter ego, Nancy Drew. I’ve retrieved clues from dusty archives; revisited the vacant fields where my father pitched his revival tents; and reclaimed abandoned artifacts, strewn by the wayside as we followed the Sawdust Trail.
I unearthed this family treasure in the Oregonian archives. Years ago, my father purchased this advertising space, in anticipation of a large turnout for an indoor revival meeting. The venue’s long gone, and the intended audience has scattered. But this newspaper clipping is a voice from my past, harkening me back to my childhood. I remember the murmuring crowds, the rise and fall of my father’s voice in the pulpit, perfumed women and sweat-soaked laborers, gospel choruses and clanging tambourines… same as if it were just yesterday.
Most certainly, dusty pages like this would’ve been trashed, were it not for keen-eyed, good-hearted historians–librarians, genealogists, archivists, and volunteers–saints of a sort, who devote their time and energies to the preservation of our individual and collective stories. I’m grateful to them always, but I think they deserve special recognition on Thankful Thursday. Can I get a witness?
Interesting, Melodye. Thanks for sharing!
You bet! And thank YOU for stopping by.
Joyce Moyer Hostetter
It’s always a thrill to find such treasures! And God bless those librarians and archivists! I will be so ready to read your memoir.
They are like jigsaw puzzle pieces–gratifying when you first find them, and again when you see them in the larger context.
Thanks for the encouragement. It’ll be such a joy (and an honor) to eventually share my story with you, Joyce.
If I could figure out how to place a HEART here…I would.
I feel it, even if I don’t see it. xoxo
This is beyond cool! Younger sister who is a genealogist found advertisements on our own family. One reported our great-grandfather being arrested for having alcohol on his ranch during the 20s. What’s interesting is it was in a Mexico newspaper. We’re thinking because his wife’s family were Mexican nationals. You can find lots of interesting history out there!
You really can! And you know me…I love to play Nancy Drew! 🙂
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