Preserving History

Belinda Swanson is preserving history in more ways than one through her business Forget-Me-Not Antiques.

Swanson moved to Jamestown 10 years ago with her husband, Rob. Swanson was born and raised in Panama, and is a nurse for The Resource Center when she is not running her antiques business. When the antique lovers moved to Jamestown they purchased a home at 101 Forest Ave., where Swanson’s business is also located.

After moving in, Swanson went to work renovating the home that was once owned by Dr. Tracy, the man after which Tracy Plaza is named. Swanson said while remolding the house, an elderly relative of Dr. Tracy stopped by and wanted to see the home. She said the woman, who passed away shortly after the visit, walked through the home discussing all the fond memories she had experienced in the house when she was younger.

Swanson said people enjoying past memories, like Dr. Tracy’s relative did walking through the house, happens all the time through the antiques she has collected during the past 30 years.

“It is nice when older folks come in to remember the past through an item they might have used back in the day,” she said. “Items from the past bring back good, warm memories.”

Swanson said she has furniture, oil paintings, vintage toys, art glass, coins, clocks and almost anything else you can think of that is an antique. Swanson also makes lamp shades.

“I have an item that dates back to 1729,” she said. “It is a passion of mine. I appreciate the talents that created all this wonderful stuff. It is nice to see people come in and enjoy what we enjoy too.”

Swanson said collecting antiques is the only bad habit she has. Once she started, though, she couldn’t stop.

“Now that I have the business, I’m not a hoarder, but I’m a preserver,” she said. “We’re all preservers. Preserving for the next generation.”

Forget-Me-Not Antiques is open 2-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment. For more information, call 397-1555.