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Island People

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A trip to New England sparked my interest in the writings of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909). An early feminist, ecologist and architectural preservationist, Jewett wrote about the Maine country people she knew so well.  Her best known story—really a novella—“The Country of the Pointed Firs”—is a series of portraits of the lives of ordinary people. A woman...

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These Dear, Ordinary Days

These Dear, Ordinary Days

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(This reflection by Cornelia on “Life in the Archives” was published in the newsletter of the Coordinating Council for Women in History in August, 2011)   I take my favorite place—a chair at the long wooden table that is closest to the tall windows—and wait.  Soon a librarian rolls to my table a beige metal cart whose three shelves are loaded with...

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