What Family Treasure Have You Saved? Save-a-Story Saturday


I am all about saving family stories. And, family treasures, although I have few of them.

For this Save-a-Story Saturday, I invite you to leave a comment about a family treasure that you’ve saved.

What family treasure have you saved?


Several years ago I wrote an article for the magazine Personal Journaling on keeping a 21st Century journal. In it, I bemoaned the fact that there were no diaries passed down through the generations and fewer still family treasures.

However, I have managed to gather a few . . . and they truly are precious to me. I’m in the process of photographing them using Shotbox, which is a pretty neat product that allows me to actually get a great photo of family treasures. So far, these are the keepsakes I’ve managed to save:

  • my great-great-grandfather’s straight edge razor
  • a few beautiful teacups
  • a text book that my great-grandfather used when teaching school
  • my grandmother’s cookbook
  • my great-grandfather’s bible
  • a locket
  • hand-held chalkboards used more than 100 years ago
  • my grandmother’s wedding dress
  • a hand-carved duck decoy

My goal is to write at least a paragraph about each of these, then insert my photos. Just think of the kinds of stories you can write about each of your keepsakes. Although I obviously wasn’t at my grandmother’s wedding, I can definitely imagine it. And, I have the ability to research photos of the time and place she was married as well as the events of the day. Now these are the stories that I love.  And, if I don’t do it, who will?

If you don’t do it, who will?

Thank you for leaving a comment and sharing what family treasures you’ve saved.

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  1. I am lucky I guess. My parents, gr-parents and gr-grandparents were “hoarders” of family treasures! Some of my favorites are my father’s saving of everything related to his military service. My gr-mother also save many photos and letters he sent while stationed in Europe in WWII. I have my Gr-grandmothers wedding ring and also a music cabinet that she received from my Gr-grandfather on their 1st wedding anniversary. I have a perfectly preserved Ambrotype photo of my 3rd. Gr-grandmother and also a photo of my 4th Gr-grand Uncle who was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in England. I also have lots of “handiwork.” Many dollies, table cloths, napkins and pillow cases that were hand embroiders. And Quilts! I even have a dress my Gr-Aunt sewed by hand.

    I worry about what is to become of them when I am gone. Any thoughts, Nancy?

    1. You ARE lucky. I can’t even imagine having so much wonderful family treasures. I feel lucky that I have my grandmother’s wedding dress!

      You know, your worry is so prevalent in our world. These things have such meaning it’s hard to think of someone just tossing them after we’re gone.

      If you have items that a museum or historical society might want, I’d start there. Do you have a family member who cares about such things? I’d start there too. I’m also wondering about other museums, like the World War II museum in New Orleans, or even the Smithsonian. I have found the Smithsonian archivists are pretty good at suggesting resources. Hope this helps.


  2. Great Aunt Jessie’s pineapple pattern doily.

    My mother and I went to Valley Springs, AR to visit my great aunt Jessie Fowler Lair in the ’70’s. Aunt Jessie handed me a piece of her crochet work and bragged that she was 84 and still didn’t wear glasses. I treasure this small doily and the times I spent with great aunts and uncles.

    1. You know, my sister has a few doilies made by my grandmother but I think the only thing of grandma’s that I have is a hankie (store bought). But, it’s one of those things I treasure.


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