Museum of Us

Introducing: Where you came from.

Introducing: Where you came from.

This month, we took a giant leap forward in transforming 3675 into our dream home – what we refer to as the “Museum of Us” (not to mention, we moved forward with scheduling our new roof, removing two trees, and getting half our fence replaced).

After all, the Museum of Us is a container for, first and foremost, US.

It also holds the things most precious to us. We therefore want it to look like us; evoke our individual and shared pasts, places we’ve been together. The colors of the Museum’s walls should feel like us and the furnishings should be as unpretentious as we strive to be. Many things already in the Museum are made by hand; they reflect our appreciation for hard work. Every month we make or acquire another perfect piece for the Museum.

The walls of the Museum are where we plan to display our provenance. And this past month, thanks to a moving visit with Trent’s grandparents (Burgess and Dorothy), we’ve gathered the archival material to take Project Provenance to the next level.

Here are a few fabulous finds from the Eastwood Family Archives. They’ll join items from the Spada and Wisniewski Family Archives on our walls in a number of creative displays I’ve dreamed up. Some on a rotating basis – check back for the exhibition calendar soon!

And yeah, a few will probably be craftily used in future Flashbacks to embarrass Trent – not gonna lie (I’m holding those back for now, though)…

Amazing photo of Grandpa Burgess, second from right, with some of his fellow railmen.

Amazing photo of Grandpa Burgess, second from right, with some of his fellow railmen.

Trent's Grandpa Burgess was, and still is, a good lookin' dude. This makes Trent hopeful (and me, too, of course).

Trent’s Grandpa Burgess was, and still is, a good lookin’ dude. This makes Trent hopeful (and me, too, of course).

Burgess on an amazing old car. He says he can't remember who it belonged to, but "Damn, it's a nice car!"

Burgess on an amazing old car. He says he can’t remember who it belonged to, but “Damn, it’s a nice car!”

Trent's Grandma Dorothy with her doxie.

Trent’s Grandma Dorothy with her doxie.

Trent's mom, Joyce (right) and her slightly older sister, Judy (left). Instagram just can't beat old hand-colored photos like this.

Trent’s mom, Joyce (right) and her slightly older sister, Judy (left). Instagram just can’t beat old hand-colored photos like this.

L > R: Trent's mom Joyce, Aunt Patsy, Uncle Gary, and Aunt Judy.

L > R: Trent’s mom Joyce, Aunt Patsy, Uncle Gary, and Aunt Judy.

Aunt Judy and Burgess, showing off their shared good smile genes.

Aunt Judy and Burgess, showing off their shared good smile genes.

Trent's mom about to marry a guy who looks an awful lot like him...

Trent’s mom about to marry a guy who looks an awful lot like him…

Trent's parents in 1972. There is a SLIGHT resemblance between that guy on the right and Trent...

Trent’s parents in 1972. There is a SLIGHT resemblance between that guy on the right and Trent…

Dorothy and Burgess in love in the 70s.

Dorothy and Burgess in love in the 70s.

In case you haven’t made the connection, putting the Museum together not only makes us happy and teaches us to appreciate all we have and how we got here, it makes our grandparents happy, too. It gives us an excuse to sit and look through old photo albums with them for hours, and listen to all the memories they conjure up.

Time well spent.

As is all time spent on the Museum of Us. It’s evolving slowly, as we continue to do every day. It will never be done, but it will always be a just-right picture of who we are that day we live in it.

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9 thoughts on “Museum of Us

  1. Emily says:

    Wow, these are such great photos! Can’t wait to see the displays!

  2. oooh looking forward to the exhibit calendar! 🙂

  3. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    The grandparents and I just finished viewing this incredible gallery of family photos, and we could not be happier that you shared them with us. There is something about looking at those faces that evokes a warm and comfortable feeling. It is amazing to think that all of us are linked together through you and Trent. And making your house into the “Museum of Us” is a wonderful way to remind you where you came from. I did the same thing at my house. The only “art” on the walls of our home were the family photos. And I see that the tradition continues, which makes us all very happy. It is great to see that picture of Trent’s dad, and to see how much Trent looks like him. It would have been nice to know him. Thank you for sharing this with us, Lisa and Trent!

  4. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    By the way, Lisa, your Grandpa Sam worked for the Union Pacific Railroad from 1952 to 1954. A little more family history for you!

  5. lisatemp says:

    The exciting thing is, we had many of these ACTUAL PEOPLE over this weekend, too. Even better than photographs. 😉

  6. Viola says:

    It’s a little freaky that Trent’s mom hasn’t actually changed all that much! Good genes, there…

  7. […] I love filling in the history of this Museum of Us. Way to go house; your crooked ceiling […]

  8. […] from San Antonio and I’ve spoken aplenty about his legendary KATY railroading grandfather, Burgess, here […]

  9. […] even got old Pepsi crates from Fresno for shelves. Totally CRUSHING the Museum of Us […]

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