History on Paper
Opening up any part of an older house comes with its own horror stories, but it can also bring the past to life. Many have been the times when keepsakes or trinkets have been found, and they add value for the people inhabiting the home. They find that knowing even a little about a person long gone tells them something about their home. Maps and other papers have been discovered hidden in walls, floors, and even attics. These are pieces of history on paper, and they can often make the past real for those doing the renovation.
Maps were quite expensive centuries ago, but they played an important part in the settling of many communities. Modern residential areas and towns have their own look, and they generally cover a larger area than when they were first settled. Finding a map that was in current use when the house was originally built may show it was at the edge of town instead of near the middle in the current time. That alone is a treasure for some people.
Newspapers were popular not too long ago, but they are now being replaced by electronic devices. That is a shame because the newspapers of the past are a way to learn about the real history of a community. People lucky enough to find newspapers in their attic or walls when they renovate will have a better idea of what the inhabitants of their home lived with in their day. It could be a revelation to them.
The study of history in school is often a difficult subject because it is focused on the remembrance of large events and dates. For those doing a home renovation, history can be found in many ways. Papers left behind a generation or more can be a road map to exploring the past in a new and exciting way.