History and Archives: It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

 Today the kids and I helped decorate Watkins Mill for their annual Christmas on the Farm event.  We met with friends to enjoy a huge lunch, hang garland, decorate a tree, gently hang the stockings with care, and repeatedly stab oranges, pears, and apples with cloves.  It was a lovely experience. 


During the event I chatted with one of the state employees about eReaders and how technology is changing the way people read.  We discussed the important work Google, The New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and other libraries are conducting by digitally preserving historical documents for public viewing.  I mentioned how I’m just simply in awe that I can visit a library Web site thousands of miles from my home, and view a book or document that would normally be prohibited due to the delicate nature of the paper. 

It was nice to be able to use the information I gathered for my research paper on teen reading trends as well as from another historical research paper on The New York Public Library to discuss such topics.  Ah, the interesting conversations which occur when people find out that you’re a graduate student in the field of Library Science. 

Later I donned white gloves and perused the historical archives of the Watkins family.  It and the joy of spending time with family and friends, old and new, were the first Christmas presents of the year.   

2010 Decorating party with new and old friends.


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