Whether it be snow globes, coins, or stamps, collections can symbolize a variety of different things, from memories of a vacation to just a mere interest in the history they may hold. The more time that passes, the more valuable these possession become.
Collections may be deliberate or they might just begin accumulating on their own.
“I’ve been collecting elephants since I was eight because they’re my favorite animal and my dream is to go to Africa one day,” junior Celine Rodriguez said.
Other more bizarre items can be the basis for a collection. For example, Myrtle Young, an elderly woman from Kentucky, began collecting potato chips in 1987 through her profession as a potato chip inspector at Seyfert Foods.
She would pocket any chips that resembled faces or reminded her of friends or of celebrities. Young eventually accumulated somewhere between 250 to 300 chips.
MAST teachers’ collections have come in handy during class discussions.
“I collect shells to show my classes. Some of them [in my classroom] are Mr. Tohulka’s as well,” Marine Science teacher Christina Walker said.
Some people have become so passionate about their collections that they have decided to dedicate museums to their items. Deborah Henson-Conant founded her Burnt Food Museum when she accidentally left apple cider on the stove for too long and it became “Free-Standing Hot Apple Cider”. Conant started her collection in 1989, and she and many others continue to add to the collection today.
Collections are a method of preserving memories that will stay with people throughout their lives and tell a story to posterity.