Personal History & Archives Blog

History is written based on what is saved.  What are YOU saving?

Family and Women’s History for Kids: a shocking first date!

Family and Women’s History for Kids: a shocking first date!

Family history gives kids a foothold in history.  Kids see their role within a larger context, and learn the value of their actions and contributions. “Once upon a time there was a farm girl — the youngest of six kids.  She was shy and thought she was ugly.  She had some very glamorous older sisters and some very rowdy older brothers. They all lived in Aroostook County, Maine.

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Preemie on stage: Amanda Gorman

Preemie on stage: Amanda Gorman

Like so many who heard her, I was blown away by Amanda Gorman. And the next morning she. was. everywhere. And I'm thrilled for her--and us!  In my own kid-related corners of the interwebs, I read...

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Structural Racism in Archives

Structural Racism in Archives

Structural racism in American history – a series of actions over 300 years – has resulted in a lack of minority stories in the archives. We can change that!

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About Me

I spent 18 years as “archivist and senior research scholar” at an academic science library, actively trying to add women to the historical record and looking for the women who were already included almost accidentally. I have degrees in women’s history and cultural theory — the latter means that I see the cultural value of everyday practices such as food, clothing, hobbies, and domestic arrangements. Non-famous people matter.