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Historically Speaking

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Written by Joanna Karomfily, Archives Intern   
January 20, 2017

Written by Joanna Karomfily, December 2016-January 2017

When I had finished researching the Beechdale Farm, the next thing I did was helping Katie move books to different shelves. We shifted the tax books for at least an hour every time I came in for a couple weeks. However, it really wasn't a drag because I got to get out of my chair and move around. I also got to spend time with Katie or Heather for most of that time, and talking to them about things other than work is nice. Around this time I was also reading a diary written by Phebe Gibbons who kept track of her family and their affairs. Her diary was interesting because I was trying to piece together her family tree by what she wrote about, and she also was involved with the Underground Railroad in Lancaster so I would read and see if she revealed any information on that subject, which she rarely did. Soon after I finished her diary, it was the first week of January, and I was helping out with cleaning the whole building. I was allowed to help in Wheatland, and I went into the parts of the house that aren't on the tour, like the basement and attic. That week was a lot of moving things around, trying to find a better place for them in the building. After that week, and most recently, I was tasked with transcribing letters from Sarah Yeates, who lived during the revolutionary period. She was writing to her husband, mostly about their family and business regarding them, but also events currently happening due to the revolution. I liked reading those letters because it was a challenge for me to understand the older writing. There was a bit of a learning curve, but I mostly had it down by the end. I was really proud of myself when I could figure it out. The last time I tried to read letters like that I struggled a lot more than I do now, but I definitely asked Katie less times for her to tell me what the letter said. Although my internship is ending soon, I am happy I got opportunities to try out different projects in the archives, and I think the skills I learned here could potentially manifest in ways that haven't shown yet!

Yeates, Carson Collection, MG-207

 
Beechdale Farm Records Print Email
Written by Joanna Karomfily, Archives Intern   
January 20, 2017

written by Joanna Karomfily, Archives Intern, November 22, 2016

When I was first presented with this project, I honestly wasn't sure how interesting it was going to get. However, different aspects of the project emerged and brought it into a different light. After I finished counting everything and labeling the inserts and files, I started to read the information gathered for this project and I was really surprised by the articles gathered. There were multiple newspaper features speaking of meetings held by Miss Gibbons regarding the current political happenings in Lancaster. It was intriguing to me because I am now 18 and politics are weighing in on my thoughts, but not only that, the fact that it was a woman speaking of these things held my attention. The mention of suffrage in some of the later documents was so cool, the fight women had is something I love to read about, so I grew to admire the Gibbons sisters a bit. Venturing deeper into the project I got involved with researching the Underground Railroad, and I liked that because I never thought of slaves coming to the farm houses of the Amish community, near where I live now. It made the Underground Railroad more comprehendible. I liked reading about the Brubakers and Gibbons and all they did for other people, and the direction the family went in the future. The project really appealed to lots of aspects of history I love.

Beechdale Duck Farm Records, MG-756

 
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