Clothes that document family history
Too Good to Leave Behind
Most people have special items they save and take with them when they
move to a new home. When the first Euro Americans came to the Valley in
the 1850s and 1860s, they had to make hard choices about what to bring
and what to leave behind.
After the railroad arrived in 1885, people moving to the Valley could
bring many more possessions from their former homes. Ancestors, life "back
East" or "down South," favorite relatives, and even special
events "back home" are all reflected in the clothing people
continue to save and move even when its fashion is long outdated and all
usefulness is gone.