"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Historic Iowa Children's Diaries

What were children in Iowa concerned with in the 1870s?

This nice digital collection from the University of Iowa Libraries starts to answer that question by bringing together eleven different diaries from young Iowans writing from 1862 to 1907.

The diaries were provided by the Iowa Women's Archives, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Old Capitol Museum. Visitors can click on the Highlights of Collection to get started.

One rather fascinating highlight here is the geography homework done by Lucy Van Voorhis White in the 1880s. Users can look at her faithful reproductions of the major rivers in states surrounding Iowa, and may be especially fascinated by her.

Visitors can browse through the diaries at their leisure and also look around by decade.

Visit Historic Iowa Children's Diaries

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