As a member of the State Historical Board, I am often tasked with reconciling the emotional side of our responsibilities with the financial components of a decision. The purchase of the Lawrence Welk Homestead was another example of that reconciling process. History is emotional. My Grandpa Jack’s purple heart and My Grandpa Clement’s railroad watch are proudly displayed in my home. They are important to me. However, what may be of value and importance to me may not be to another. An artifact worth retaining by one generation may be thrown away by the next.