I feel like a very bad juggler and using rocks instead of balls! I have over 30 House Stories I’m trying to complete. I have well over 100 biographical and historic pieces that are basically done but not in a presentable form and I have 50 some homeowner tips on historic preservation that need to be posted.
The worst to get rock-pummeled by is anything dealing with history. Things are so sketchy that even a trip to the Newburyport Archives results in frustration. You would think someone would take the time to look into these things! And the histories! You would think that some abolitionist or civil rights advocate would have done a thorough job on the Underground Railroad in Newburyport. Not so! Just bits and pieces with most of the information missing.
One of the advantages of being an amateur historian, I can afford to ‘fill in the blanks’ and knit together facts and make conclusions. Too many historians try to be ‘scientists’ only relying on solid facts. They never make conclusions or extract lessons from human history. They’re like a big kid mixing the peas and carrots into the mash potatoes and making history a big mess. They also bore the average onlooker to tears rattling off battles, dates and names without giving reasons for their significance.
I am always trying to use history to derive a lesson. Unfortunately, there is so little information out there, I can’t even do that exercise.
But I won’t give up. I just want everyone to be aware that a huge mass of information is still being worked on and will eventually end up online*.
* Of course, if someone has amassed information on their home, please send it along!