The documented local history centers or “Heimatsammlungen” (homeland collections) are home to memorabilia of various kinds, as well as historically, artistically or ethnologically valuable objects, books and archives—often unique pieces. Some of the items were taken with people as they escaped, many were acquired later through purchases or during visits to former places of residence, so that, over the intervening decades, a number of collections have been created, some of which are extensive.
One of the project's goals was the complete compilation and presentation of all existing “Heimatsammlungen” in Germany. Included were also those collections that no longer exist today as independent institutions. Each individual collection is characterized by a brief outline of its history and a (summary) documentation of its holdings.