The story of the people is essential to local history and often composes the narratives found in historical societies and county or city museums.

But rarely do these type of institutions tell the story of the poor.

Myths focus on how impoverished people rose above the ranks and lived a fuller and richer life from the efforts of their hard work.

Carol Kammen makes a case that while individuals were able to achieve the seemingly insurmountable, many people still lived in poverty their entire lives. However, historical narratives rarely tell this story.

She calls for a need to research the story of the poor and put this within the context of the history presented.

This significant portion of the population have a unique story that informs their communities and it is a history that needs telling.