April 17, 2019 – “Christmas Marathon, Fort Ticonderoga, and Storytown USA”

Hello, everyone!

Today, I relearned a very valuable lesson: spoilers either help build better expectations or lower them in order to endure the inevitable. Earlier this week, I read the documents regarding the footage that I reviewed today. I noticed that one video file featured five Christmas celebrations in a row (little did I know, another video file added a sixth Christmas celebration, too). I steeled myself for the onslaught of holiday cheer whilst prepared for any other surprises. Those surprises came in the form of two previously featured sites seen in other donoted footage: Fort Ticonderoga and Storytown USA.

Starting from where I left off yesterday, I continued watching this family’s doting parents filming the growth of their children. As a side note, I now believe filming a parent giving their baby a bath or the baby giving themselves a bath adds no value whatsoever to the child’s adorableness factor. I guarantee wholesome future archivists do not want to see naked children. Returning to the footage, the children enjoyed playing on the swingset and slide in their backyard. I watched several of them climb and hang from the swing set’s structure with little difficulty (something an adult thinks twice about doing).

Next came the Christmas Marathon. Starting with footage 1951 to 1955, I watched this same family celebrate Christmas season five times in a row. Thankfully, I noted some indicators to help me identify the year of the footage being shown, such as the attire of everyone in the room. Just as I moved on to the next two compilations, a sixth film of holiday cheer greeted in me as I watched the last bit of this group of donated films. As of right now, I am not sure if I saw more birthday party footage or Christmas footage throughout this entire experience.

As I watched more footage I noted the family visited Fort Ticonderoga. The prominent fort that saw service in the French and Indian War (Seven Year’s War) and the American Revolution provided a strategic advantage along Lake George. Now, the fort stands as a tourist attraction for all visitors and even holds seminars regarding the fort’s role in the aforementioned wars. For the family, the fort’s structure received a lot of footage as well as the view of Lake George from fort.

The next place the family visited happened to be a location already covered in the video collection: Storytown USA. As expected, the family took their picture with the giant shoe based on the children’s story, “The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe.” They filmed other attractions, like a giant whale that either is Monstro from Pinocchio or the whale that swallowed Jonah from the Bible. I am not sure which. Regardless, the children seemed to enjoy the trip.

Not long after, my shift came to a close and I ban my closing procedures. I saved my work, unplugged the hard drive, packed everything away, and returned all related materials to the stacks. Afterward, I bid the staff farewell and left for the day.

In review, I endured six rounds of a Christmas marathon and watched the family visit Fort Ticonderoga and Storytime USA. Friday, I resume my progress in the Home Movie Collection with a new batch of films. Until then, enjoy the rest of  the day 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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