“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. ” – Marcus Garvey
Diving into the histories of the families which converged into one and eventually made their home at Maison Steinbüchel, is an ongoing endeavor. We do so, to better understand the Kansas Historic Landmark where we have made our home since 1988.
I am grateful for the personal history put together in the book “A Living Gravestone” by Elisabeth Wilson Gouldner. She was the daughter of Hermann Joseph Steinbüchel of Cologne, Germany, Marie-Louise Hahn-Stackman’s second husband.
In 225 pages, Elisabeth covers, to varying degrees, the family history from the 1100’s up to the death of her mother in 1947. Whew!
Stories are Gifts
- To compile family documents and record stories as she recalled them. The book reads like a conversation around a fireplace, as you took a walk or even worked on some task in the kitchen or garden, with her.
- To honor her son who died in WW II and never found. There is a sense of her processing the last of her loss by diving into the histories of this family.
- There is a third reason the author wrote the book, which I doubt she had any conscious intention of: To provide valuable information on which the basis of a Historic Designation might be granted to a significant property.
As current owners and caretakers of this house, this book provides invaluable information from which to draw on. What a gift!
Was ist das Steinbüchel?
- family names,
- German businesses,
- a village and maps,
Diving Into The Histories Abroad
We walked around, took pictures, tore the “Steinbüchel” page out of the local phone directory, and followed up with letters via post.
A Knighthood near Cologne, Germany
Your Stories are a Gift Waiting to be Given
- share in the most accessible manner possible, the backstories of our home and other areas.
- spark awareness in your world of the value of Your stories.
- serve as examples of stories for you to follow.
Elisabeth’s book is a perfect example of why we all, including you, should record in some way, your stories. Could it be that diving into the histories in your world and writing them down could be for some purpose you are not yet aware of?
To help in this process I have created a Free PDF download of FIVE LEGACY STORY TYPES TO COLLECT.