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?