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Today and tomorrrow, doing research for the novel, I'm going to the Dublin Seminar in Deerfield to hear about old diaries. Sewing diaries. Commonplace books. Slave ship captain logs. A diary written in code by a Maine minister who was trying to develop something he called a "Philosophical Alphabet" to, the abstract says, "be used in creating a writing system for Native American indigenous languages" -- along with his own sixty coded diaries, he also kept word lists in "Penobscot Indian and a dictionary of Hebrew." Spiritual diaries. A midwife's journal. Travel diaries. Soldiers' diaries. Not unlike livejournal, it's dizzying to think about, but will, I hope, give off glints of what some people's lives were actually like.

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Date: 2006-06-16 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heartwork.livejournal.com
that seminar looks so interesting. i never really thought of it, but our journals and diaries are recording history. no one may be interested in my lj now, but 100 years from now, i'm sure people would like looking at life in the "old days".

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Date: 2006-06-16 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barbarakitten-t.livejournal.com
i'm envious...diaries, journals and travel memoirs are a window into the minutia of the past...

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Date: 2006-06-16 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mermeydele.livejournal.com
wow - that sounds so cool. i'm glad that there are these kinds of events out there and that people care so much about such artifacts.

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Date: 2006-06-16 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daisygrl.livejournal.com
that sounds awesome and totally up my alley! wish I could go. Have fun!

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