The missing item is a book of the minutes of all Town meetings from the years 1886-1909.
It’s been missing for years—possibly as many as 50 years—but Herndon Historical Society President Carol Bruce still has hope that it can be found.
“The Society tried, back in 1988, to locate the book. And, since it has been 25 years since that attempt, I thought it might be time to put out the word again," said Bruce. "While it’s definitely a long shot, I can’t help but think that it just might be sitting long forgotten in the back of a closet or in the attic of a house somewhere in town.”
Many decades ago, residents were allowed to check books out from the Town office, which is what current Town Clerk Viki Wellershaus thinks may have happened to the book.
“We think that’s probably what happened. Someone borrowed the book and simply forgot to return it,” Wellershaus said.
Procedures for accessing those books are very different today, according to Wellershaus, who said that residents nowadays are always welcome to look at the books in her office—but that staff would not dream of letting someone take one of them home.
The photo that Bruce provided above shows one of the other minute books in the Town's set, so the missing book would look very similar.
The Historical Society encourages all residents, especially those with homes more than 20-30 years old, to poke through their old stored belongings to see if perhaps the book might be among them, left behind by a previous family that may have borrowed it from the town.
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