How many ways can you look at an object?........What can a document tell you beyond the words you read on a page?
Consider a simple object you have around your house or your car or your school locker.
How about a pencil....or a table....or a cherished family letter.
Each one has many stories to tell.
Imagine the stories a simple pencil could tell.....
Imagine the technology needed to make your pencil.
Is it wood or a man-made material?
How was the wood acquired?
How was it shaped?
Or, what man-made material is it? How was it discovered?
How did your pencil make its way into your hand?
Imagine the social life of your pencil.
Did you take your pencil to school or work?
Was it stamped with the name of a company?
Or is it a colorful pencil designed with a child in mind?
Has your pencil been chewed?
Did it write a love letter or your homework?
Imagine the history of all pencils leading up to yours.
Why were pencils developed?
How have they changed over time?
Do you have many in your house, or are pencils becoming something rare?
How do you think pencils will change in the future?
Questions and stories are found in every object and around every corner at Andover Historical. We'd like to help you discover stories about Andover, about our collections, and perhaps even about you.
What would you like to explore?