The Year Without Genealogy, Part II

[See Virginia Blog for Part I. It is my plan to write a blog a day and since I have a week’s worth of blogs–that means I will post on this blog at least once a week.]

Some years ago, I attended a lecture at a historical conference at Utah State University where the professor, speaking from the podium, caught my attention with this question: “How will we know its us?

Seems the many historical barns in Northern Utah dating from the Pioneer period were disappearing–“They are eye-sores on the landscape.” “The paint has all chipped off over the years.” Some of the best specimens had advertisements for ancient remedies from the past that had been painted on the roof with white paint. The products were no longer available. And it was suggested by the newspaper editor that the barns be torn down.

Well it caused an outcry that was heard across the whole state of Utah. No matter. One by one these regal old landmarks have gone away. One beauty still stands proud on the west side of the highway approaching what is called Sardine Canyon. It is pale red, and has a white ad on the side facing the road. This barn has been tended and preserved by its owner over the years. And we still know its us!

Directions are keyed to GPS–while there are still people who drive around using local landmarks as directionals, the old timers among us remark about the barns that are no longer with us.Everyone else just follows the voice on the GPS.

Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle

PS So far as I know, not one of those old barns was removed in anger or burned to fit an agenda. Be well. And please stay tuned!


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