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Basements are of particular interest to be because of their historical value. While the public areas of a home - living room, kitchen, bedrooms - generally are updated over the years, the basement becomes an archive of fashionable tastes long past.
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In the the basement, you get an idea of the different generations of a home. You might find a collection of records, like this one with Johnny Cash and The Mickey Mozart Quintet. You might find tools ranging from a hand-cranked drill up to a modern cordless set. You might find newspapers from the Truman administration, boxes of track lighting from the 1980s, schoolwork on mimeographed paper.
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These are all artifacts of the Family Museum that remain part of the permanent collection, but are not currently displayed. They stay in the archives, waiting until the proper occasion to return them to the prominence of the main floor. By the time we get there, though, it's already too late. The museum has been closed. We just get it ready for a new display.
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