Still no cover yet, but soon! At least the book has a title at last, and a pub date in June. Or July. Stay tuned!
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Did You Know History Could be Exciting?
By: Dylan Robertson
From: Digging Up History
Series: Museum Mysteries
Author: Sheila Connolly
I had kind of mixed feelings when I applied for a summer internship at the Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiquities. Oh, it had a good reputation, and everyone told me that their collections were great, but did I really want to be cooped up in a musty library in Philadelphia all summer? Still, I figured it would look good on my application when I was trying to find a job after I finished my degree in library science.
I never guessed it would be so exciting! Okay, how could I have known? Nell Pratt (the President of the place), her friend Marty Terwilliger and I spent a week or two discovering things that most people in the museum and library community didn’t have a clue about, even though Philadelphia has been studied for centuries. Even Marty was surprised, although she knew a couple of things that she had never shared with anyone, but which came to light during our “investigation.” Yes, I did mean to say investigation, because there were bodies involved—lots of them—and they didn’t all die peacefully.
There was history and mystery and murder all tangled up together, and I loved figuring things out. And I learned a lot—about archaeology, and genealogy, and what Philadelphia was like two hundred plus years ago. And I also learned how library and museum collections could teach everyone a lot about people and places—not just scholars and college professors. The details about how people lived in seventeen-whatever are hiding right below the surface of the modern city, and all you have to do is dig a little, and then history comes alive to you.
I’ll admit it—I’m hooked. And I’ll never look at this city in the same way again.