Last week I visited California Room of the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library in San Bernardino out of personal curiosity and to write an article on the collection focused on local history and the people who have and continue to serve as its caretakers.

It’s common for journalists to also be history buffs and I’m no exception. I’ve long been interested in American, military, aviation and automotive history. I’ve been a subscriber of “Aviation History” magazine for as long as I can remember. It’s a significant part of what interested me in writing and journalism.

I’ve grown ever more fascinated by local history (particularly Highland, Redlands and San Bernardino) since I began reporting in this community.

Every little community is filled with its fascinating people, interesting stories and dramatic events. As a town reporter I come across these stories regularly and am increasing appreciative of those who take the time and effort collect and preserve this heritage, like those at the California Room and local historical societies.

Seeking out and cataloging all these little bits of information can seem like tedious work. It takes a special kind of caring to clip and save information, in some cases seemingly unimportant, for the possibility that it might be important to some unknown person years, decades from the day it was preserved.

Thanks to them, the lives of local residents, their accomplishments, personal and community experiences in the unapproachable past can still be reached by today’s generations and those to follow.

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