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Why do we cherish objects from our childhood? Re|Collect, a community-based narrative exhibition at the California State University–San Bernardino Anthropology Museum, set out to find out. In this article I draw on interviews with sixty exhibition participants to suggest that things saved from childhood—often accidentally, and only sometimes manufactured for children's use—serve as "biographical objects" that anchor us in moments of time and space and enhance perceptions of the concreteness and reliability of memory. I hone in on participants' stories about the active realization of affective ties with kin—an aspect of children's lives that is understudied.