March 19, 2019 – “New England Tour”

Hello, everyone

While I continue to watch more footage of the Home Movie Collection, my supervisors seem concerned for my well-being. To break the monotony of this process,  Mr. Ogreten gave me a small assignment. To be truthfully honest, I am sure he wanted it done yesterday. So, I made it my priority before continuing on with the Home Movie Collection.

The small assignment related to the collection of audio cassettes I relabeled last week. The task involved accessing the U Drive of the archives network and relabeling the audio files according to how the cassettes are labeled. Unfortunately, the computer I used yesterday did not have access to to the U Drive for some reason. As such, I chose a different computer today and successfully accessed the files. Using my notes I wrote for the cassettes along with a guide Mr. Ogreten provided, I relabeled almost all the files accordingly (three files remain questionable as the notes inadequately discerned the order of the series of recordings they belonged to).

After reporting to Mr. Ogreten of the completion of the assignment, I returned to the Home Movie Collection. The latest batch of films depicted the family seemingly taking a tour of the American Northeast. In Maine, the family visited the Desert of Maine. Not a true desert, the forty acres of glacial silt became a tourist attraction after Henry Goldrup purchased the property from the Tuttle family in 1919. The Tuttle Barn remains one of the structures at the site and featured in the film.

Next, the family visited Plymouth, Massachusetts. Of course, they visited Plymouth Rock and the Plymouth Village. While reviewing this part of the footage, I made a huge blunder. As I am not familiar with the New England region, I did not recognize certain landmarks. For instance, I mistakenly a memorial to be of Hiram Rhodes Revels, an African American Reconstruction Era U.S. Senator, Methodist preacher, and Union Army chaplain (to be fair, I believe more memorials need to be erected in honor of Revels). The idea finally on me that the landmarks in the footage I reviewed actually resided in Boston, not Plymouth!

The Boston landmarks included the Freedom Trail, the Old State House, a statue of Paul Revere (not Hiram Revels), and the Old North Church. The Freedom Trail consists of a tour of sixteen landmarks in Boston that remain pivotal in America’s history. These include the aforementioned landmarks as well.

The set of films told of the the parents’ honeymoon in 1951 at Miami Beach, Florida. The newlyweds enjoyed sunbathing, swimming, and playing on the beach. Interestingly, the shallows contained a rope line for beachgoers to use. I wondered about the rope’s purpose and thought the owners erected them for non-swimmers (more specifically, people who did not know how to swim) to enjoy themselves with. This stood out to me as I never encountered such a thing during my times at a beach.

Alas, my shift soon ended. I saved my work and returned all materials to the stacks. Afterward, I bid farewell to the staff and left.

In review, I finished the side assignment to the best of my ability and continued watching more footage from the Home Movie Collection. Tomorrow, I continue this long process and hopefully make significant progress. Until then, enjoy the evening and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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