Restorations Belong to Everyone

Restoring a home is a very personal matter for the restorer. After research and study, the restorer becomes a member of that long ago family, thinking their thoughts, living the routine of their daily lives, knowing what and when they ate, how they cooked, what they wore, how they communicated, traveled, and entertained. The restorer comes to understand the family’s place in the community, their education, daily work, financial status, and even their personal tastes.

The restorer is faced with reconstructing, in those empty rooms, the historic yesterdays of another era and incorporating, along with the furnishings, the spirit of determination, love, strength, survival, and fulfillment of those who lived there many years ago. When the restoration is complete, a strong personal tie has developed which is not easy to break.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 18:3
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