Colleen lives in Minnesota and is a regular reader of this newsletter. Last month’s polka reference in the Culture and Connections prompted her to write to me about her journey of exploring her heritage. (Have I mentioned how much I love interaction with donors, friends, and members?) She posed a few thoughts and questions that get to the heart of why cultural museums and libraries exist, and why people at different stages of their life are moved to explore their family history specifically, and cultural heritage generally.
She wrote, “I also try to understand what is most important about heritage. Is it the outward things that people can readily see and understand, or does it go much deeper than that? Or maybe it is both; the visible things are what people readily relate to and maybe that helps people delve deeper.”
I believe that Colleen has hit the nail on the head.