Yes....it is "provenance," not "Provence." Today's thoughts on tradition have to do with where things originate....their provenance. Isn't that a marvelous word?
Why am I thinking about this today? Tomorrow morning, this sofa, which came from my great-aunt's house to mine, is going back to South Carolina. It belonged to my 3rd great grandmother (my grandmother's great-grandmother), Clarissa Gibson McMeekin, of Fairfield County, South Carolina. The sofa (from the early/mid 1800's) came from Fairfield to Greenville in 1907, and left the Greenville house in 2002 to come here....but I really have no place for it, and it's not being "honored" sitting in my attic.
Yes, there are plenty of historic sites/museums here that it could have been donated to....but it's important, when you can, to return a piece to its original location...or close to it. So, tomorrow morning bright and early, the sofa is going back to South Carolina and will live in the beautiful Fairfield County Museum. It will be in the entrance hall, so if you are ever in Winnsboro, stop by and have a seat!