Objects of Comfort

Do you have an object that brings comfort in difficult moments? In this collection, stories show us how objects can give us strength, can soothe us, can remind us of our loved ones. From a rosary that offers fifty-nine chances to say “I miss you,” to a spice box sent from India to Chicago, the objects offer a constant presence during times of change, and a way to cope with the emotions and challenges of being new, of migrating across borders, of missing family and friends. At a time when so many of us seek connection and comfort, we remember how objects can make us feel stronger and less alone. 

Your story

Help us tell a more complete story of American immigration and migration by contributing a family object story to the collection.