Why do we preserve old tech?

Why do we preserve old tech?  Steam tractors, locomotives, 18th century musical instruments, space shuttles, DECSystem-2060s?  How many generations are obligated to maintain the museums of  the stuff their parents, grandparents (…) were too nostalgic about to just trash?  I mean, I’m sure somebody may need a one-row corn or a TECO manual planter sometime….

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