Your house is burning! What family heirlooms or keepsakes — if any — are you going to grab?

By Dan Hiestand, Houstory Publishing Marketing Director

A quick post this week asking our readers a very simple question: If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s not my question. Rather, it comes from The Burning House blog. It’s kind of my latest obsession, as it allows you to examine — in a very personal way — the lives of people who choose to respond to the query. Would you choose a family heirloom or keepsake with sentimental value — helping to document family stories and precious memories — or that Gucci handbag?

Answers are posted from around the world, and are succinct: photos, with a brief explanation of the chosen content.

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What would you take with you? — Posted from The Burning House blog

There is also a book for sale with the same name.

“Of all the things you own, what is most important to you?” says the book description at “The practical? Your laptop, your smartphone, what you need to keep working and stay in touch? The valuable? Your money, your jewelry, the limited edition signed poster in the living room? The sentimental? The watch your late grandfather gave you, the diary you kept as a teenager? What you choose to bring with you speaks volumes about who you are and what you believe in—your interests, your background, your view of life.”

What would you take with you? Does anything come to mind immediately? If you had to choose between the designer shoes purchased two months ago and that heirloom quilt handed down from grandma, what are you snagging? We’d love to know what you have to say!

Houstory® Publishing is the creator of The Heirloom Registry™ and the Home History Book™ archival journal.  If you have knowledge in a topic our readers may be interested in — such as historical preservation, family heirlooms, antiques, home genealogy or homes in general — and are interested in writing a guest column for us, please let us know! Contact us at info @