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Posted by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM
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Earlier in the month I mentioned the Smithsonian thing...well, I found the item and we are in talks for me to donate it. Originally I thought the museum would keep the item for 15yr/ through the duration if the exhibit. Well, today I find out that once I donate the item it becomes the property of the Smithsonian- I will not get it back. I'm not sure how I feel about that. It's not an item we will use, it would be more of a conversation piece.

 Also, the item is not super valuable(I don't think). Maybe a collector might have interest in it, but i think it's has more valuable to us since it's apart of our history/story. . We don't have any more items like this one. there are rumors another exists but I doubt we find it. 

Anyway, my question is. If you had a one of a kind piece of family history would you donate it knowing you will not get it back or keep it?

 

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KW1280
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 5:32 PM
I don't know
On one hand you are giving people a story that they could learn from.
On the other hand it should stay in the family. Ugghhh I am of no help
inmybizz
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 6:07 PM

IDK..I want the story told I just hate not getting the item back. 

Quoting KW1280:

I don't know
On one hand you are giving people a story that they could learn from.
On the other hand it should stay in the family. Ugghhh I am of no help


suziejax
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

If its sentimental to the family I would keep it

dingysfamily
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I think I might be inclined to do this too.

Quoting suziejax:

If its sentimental to the family I would keep it


KW1280
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM
True, do you think you can put a stipulation in the contract


Quoting inmybizz:

IDK..I want the story told I just hate not getting the item back. 

Quoting KW1280:

I don't know

On one hand you are giving people a story that they could learn from.

On the other hand it should stay in the family. Ugghhh I am of no help



inmybizz
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Nope. They want me to donate(give it to them for keeps) or keep it.  They say they want to preserve the item. Which actually might not be too bad because i don't think any of my younger relatives will do that. They might view the item as junk and throw it away. With the Smithsonian the item will be around for a very long time.


Quoting KW1280:

True, do you think you can put a stipulation in the contract


Quoting inmybizz:

IDK..I want the story told I just hate not getting the item back. 

Quoting KW1280:

I don't know

On one hand you are giving people a story that they could learn from.

On the other hand it should stay in the family. Ugghhh I am of no help




AnGLInterrupted
by Kendall on Jul. 18, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I would hang on to it until you're 100% sure.  Maybe see if there's another museum other than the Smithsonian that might take the item on loan?

rocamom
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I'm torn on this one hun..  I'm sorry..  I am no help at all. 

I honestly don't know what I would do.  Just take your time and really think about it.  Do you have other family you can discuss it with to see how they would feel about it?

QuiltLover
by Jocelynn on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM

I would keep it.Put it in your will for it to go to the Smithsonian or let your daughter know how you feel if she would like it to be hers.

inmybizz
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

My mother has done most of the family research and basically found the item, She got me involved recently because she's sick and wants to "pass the torch' to me. She's leaving the decision to me, but I know she really wants to museum to have it. I'm just no sure how I fell about permanently giving it up.

Quoting rocamom:

I'm torn on this one hun..  I'm sorry..  I am no help at all. 

I honestly don't know what I would do.  Just take your time and really think about it.  Do you have other family you can discuss it with to see how they would feel about it?


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