Not all historical societies have a home, which is a shame. While in West Virginia, I had the opportunity to talk with the president of the Raleigh County Historical Society. Unfortunately, they do not have a home and I truly believe they need to. I spent about a half hour talking with Tom, the president of the society, about local history and some of the founding families of the area.
Tom was kind enough to show us some old photo’s and other great things he has collected over the years. It was fascinating to see so many cool, historical things together.
My grandfather’s paternal family are pretty much both pioneers in the areas they settled in. So, it should not greatly shock me when I was shown a few great pieces of history that involved my families.
After each person voted, their vote was listed in the poll book. The historical society received this poll book from a resident who had it in their personal collection. I am very grateful for this gift to the historical society because not only was I able to take pictures of it, but I got to hold this piece of history in my hands. I totally believe there is nothing better than being able to touch a piece of history.
How amazing is it that we can look back and see how our ancestors voted? If I did not take the time to talk with Tom I never would have been able to touch this piece of history and be able to see how my ancestor voted.