June 2008

Historical Figures - Real or Imaginary?

Susan Fletcher

Yesterday I took a day trip to Cades Cove , a lovely corner of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was my first time in the cove and on the way home I remarked that it is a historian/photographer/hiker’s paradise. This beautiful valley was once home to a thriving community of Tennessee pioneers in the nineteenth century.

Rescuing The Archives

Susan Fletcher

Today I am thinking about the flooding in the Midwest. This morning I listened to this podcast from NPR’s “All Things Considered” about the rescue efforts to save the special collections library at the University of Iowa. In the interview Nancy Baker, the director of the university’s libraries, talks about putting out a call for volunteers to save rare manuscripts, photographs, and film material from the flood waters.

June 4, in 2008 and 1906

Susan Fletcher

The spring that I wrote about in my last post has slipped away and now it is summer in earnest here in Cleveland. Three summer church camps have infiltrated the campus of Lee University. As I walked to work this morning in the warm air I passed groups of middle schoolers doing their morning devotions on the pedestrian mall. Summer camp workers were filling coolers with pint-sized water bottles,

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