Some of the objects found in this section speak to life before the city was founded, reminding us that our history did not begin just 250 years ago; others speak to how we live today. Some were used for work; others were used for play. Some were used by important leaders; others were used by people whose names have been lost to history.

Artifacts—often called “the real stuff” of history—are important because they are what remains of the past and are what we will leave future generations to help tell the stories of our time. Machines, clothes, documents, tools, and toys may look simple at first glance, but they also can serve as keys to our shared past.