Traditional history too often omits the majority of anonymous men and women whose backs built our economy and society. The daily struggles, abuses and injustices born by individuals in pursuit of a better life for their families is our social history. They leave beyond incredible tales of survival and expressions of love that can inspire even the darkest of times.
With the impending end of physical, private, objects - written letters, documents, paper photographs, crafts and other expressions made by hand, connecting to what we can becomes vitally important.
The intimacy of these artifacts, so often lost with death, are honest record and an invaluable glimpse of humanity and raw emotion. Allowing one forgotten voice to speak can lead to the understanding of a social circumstance that affected many. Actively elevating what we respect can only lead to a more inclusive history and better informed future.