We belong here. At this place, at this time. We’re the product of those that went before us. We know this because we have their pictures, their stories and legal records and maybe the same color eyes, cleft chin, or the stature of someone in the family tree. Family is important for reasons we want to remember—or to forget. It separates the Hatfields from the McCoys. Or, after a little research, maybe not. If you have family here, you’ll never really know about the heroics or the skeletons in the family closet until you turn a few pages at the Gasconade County Historical Society’s (GCHS) Archives and Records Center.
The volunteers there are the keepers of time, but it comes with a price. That’s why they hold fund raisers like the current quilt raffle. After all, it takes operating funds to run the Gasconade County Historical Society’s Archives and Records Center in Hermann and the museum in Owensville.