Letter: G-J archive photos rekindle memories
This is an open letter to the staff of the Gazette. As executive director of MCVIC, I have had the pleasure of seeing the looks on the faces of people when they first see photos of their relatives on a placemat and then to hear the wonderful stories that these pictures tell.
Mathews residents love reading about the history of the county, but to be able to see the actual photos of the people and places that they grew up with is a treasure.
Thank you for opening your archives and printing off these long-forgotten photos and putting them in the hands of those who would never have the opportunity to see the photos.
I have gotten several requests for a photo of a particular person, place or event, and the staff has searched the files and generally has been able to come up with the information.
I have reordered placemats almost weekly because so many are being sold. They are being used on dinner tables to teach grandchildren about the history of Mathews. They are being framed and hung for reminders of days gone by. They are also being purchased by visitors to the county to take home as reminders of their visit to a county that has not forgotten its roots.
Thank you for allowing MCVIC to display these priceless treasures.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Gazette-Journal has a wide variety of laminated placemats for sale with images from the newspaper’s archives. The images cover the history of the two counties, as well as scenic and nature shots. They are on display at the newspaper’s offices in Gloucester and Mathews as well as at MCVIC, Gwynn’s Island Museum and Gloucester Visitor Center. Bookmarks and note cards are also available.