I am from a small town and have been receiving emails this year regarding the school auditorium. It is a beautiful old building, deco style, built with more memories than I can count. After all it was home for a long time. From the first grade through the ninth grade. I went to school with children I grew up with, known all those childhood years. Not just the ones in my class, but the ones before us and the ones behind us. Everyone in that small town knew everyone. As a child I always felt it was family.
Now, the building is old, but it is an unusual building and I believe on the state historical register or trying to get on it. At any rate, there are people in that little town who want it torn down, a new one built.
Why people seem to want to destroy our heritage is a mystery to me. It certainly would cost less to redo things in the building than to tear down and build new. We seem to want new things, instead of appreciating the old and taking care of it.
I have visited Milwaukee a couple of times a year, twenty-one years, and every time I go there I am amazed how clean the streets are. What is so amazing to me is how they have kept up properties that were built-in the 30’s, 40’s 50’s…even to houses. They don’t tear down, they fix up. Yet here in the South, it seems all too often we do the exact opposite.
Our heritage is important, even to the old buildings. There are years of history attached to buildings and houses. Do we not have any curiosity of the past…what and who came before?
How about you?