…of a thesis and now a Public History project!
How do your projects start? Do they start in a garage with a car to restore? Do they start with a map and an idea for a route? Do they start with inspiration from a book, something learned in class, or a random discovery?
For me, one could say this started in 1929 when Dotty, Edie, and Ev began this trip (and in some respects that is certainly true), but you could also say it began with a box. This box:
It’s a smallish, maybe 12″ x 8″, cedar box.
As with many boxes, however, it is what’s inside that counts.
For if there was nothing inside this box, or if it held jewelry and not the postcards, letters, National Park books, and newspaper articles that Dotty asked her family to save (and then saved herself), then there would be no project despite an amazing road trip. There would have been little I could have done without this box and its contents.
Stay tuned as I show you more of what’s inside the box over a series of upcoming posts.