All aboard! Roll through the Eddy County Museum archives in new feature
December 30, 2019
The above photo was one of the many artifacts uncovered by Rachel Brazil at the Eddy County Museum. Brazil serves as the primary archivist for the museum, she and has documented more than 2,650 artifacts in the past three years.
"There is far more in this museum than a person could imagine," says Brazil, who aims to give the public a closer look at the collections.
Last Monday, in the spirit of any good archivist, Brazil presented the Eddy County Historical Society board with an idea to launch a weekly column in the "New Rockford Transcript."
"The idea is to give people an opportunity to engage with the contents of our museum, which is open on a very limited basis." Brazil says.
The weekly column called "Archival Anecdotes" and will include a photograph of an artifact as well as an historical description with additional details and relatable information.
Transcript publisher and historical society president Amy Wobbema welcomes the idea as a long term fixture in the paper. She says, "If you do the math, there are enough artifacts in the museum to sustain a column for at least 50 years."
The historical society expects readers will connect with the column, but they also see this as an opportunity to fill in historical gaps. Readers are welcome to submit additional information about any artifact. Additions will be recorded in the museum's archival database, and may be used for displays in the future.
See page A6 for this feature series debut.