archive journeys

Hello everyone. I’m taking this opportunity to let you, the readers of this blog, know about a wonderful opportunity that I’ve been offered in my professional and academic career. This summer I’ll be taking two research fellowships, the first one at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. I’ll be gathering research for my dissertation (and eventually book) on the “Cold Decade” of the early 19th century (1810-1820), a period of remarkable rapid global climate change, at the center of which was 1816, the “Year Without Summer.” This fellowship will begin in early June.

I hope to share with you at least some of the discoveries I make there. I’m hoping to do some blog posts detailing some curious and interesting things I come across, whether related to my research or not–I haven’t decided what to call the series, maybe “It Came From The Archives” or something to that effect. I visited the Huntington for a few days in December, and while there I found a curious article in a British naval journal that became this post about the “dead tea woman” of Nevis. There are so many interesting things in an archive like this, I’m sure I won’t run out of material!

However–and here comes the sad part–my research schedule is going to be so packed for the next few weeks that I doubt I’ll be able to devote as much attention to this blog as I usually do. I’m not totally dropping off the radar screen, but the clockwork schedule of two posts a day, one in the morning and one in the evening, may not be possible. So, look for a little bit more sporadic postings this summer. There will still be plenty of material–I’m almost done with the “42 Historical Objects” series and there’s another series to come after that. Just to keep the momentum going I may also reblog some of my older posts, especially those that happened before “the Revolution” when very few people were reading this blog–so even that material will still be new to most of you.

I want to thank everyone who continues to come here day after day and who shares, comments and likes. Thank you all, you’re the reason I do this. See you in the archives of the Huntington Library!