‘American Pickers’: Why Mike Wolfe Thinks Connecting with History is Important

by Keeli Parkey

“American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe is known as a guy who collects a lot of antique items. This, of course, is his job, but it is also his passion.

During a 2018 interview with “Reconnecting Roots,” Wolfe discussed how the items he collects are more than just things to him. These items are a way to connect with history. He shared his thoughts on the topic after he was asked: “Why do you think it’s important as a professional antique collector, why do you think it’s important to stay connected to our history?”

At the beginning of his response, the “American Pickers” star explained what history means to him.

“To me, history isn’t just places or items, it’s really about people and relationships,” Wolfe said.

Also, this perspective was part of his plan for what the show “American Pickers” was about. “And so, when I pitched my show for so many years, it was really more about the relationship that someone had with something and why it was important to them,” Wolfe also shared.

Antique items allow people to connect to periods of history that they would feel completely separate from otherwise, according to the “American Pickers” star. “So, even if it wasn’t from their time period – like me, I like bicycles from the 1800s, I could still connect to it just because of my childhood and the way I grew up,” Wolfe explained.

‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Said Antiques Help ‘Tell Stories’ of the Past

The antiques he collects and their history also allow the past to come to life in the present and in the future, according to Mike Wolfe. “So, the items on my show and the items that I collect are really just a vehicle to tell stories and to push them forward,” he also said.

The “American Pickers” star also believes that antiques give collectors a window into days gone by. This, he said, is comforting.

“And I really feel that if you surround yourself with things in the right environment, it’s almost like stepping back in time. I mean, obviously, we can’t freeze time. But, in a way, it’s something that is really close to the heart and kind of wraps its arms around you,” Mike Wolfe also explained.

You can watch “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe talk about the importance of staying connected to history in the video below. His comments begin during the opening moments of the interview. The interview took place during “Reconnecting Roots Live 2018″ at Music Ranch Montana.

According to the show’s website, “Reconnecting Roots,” wants to help people stay connected with days gone by. The show’s goal is to encourage viewers to have “a moment to reflect on the heritage that’s still all around us and use it to spark conversations across generations.”

It’s safe to say that’s a goal “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe also shares.