The Martha Willson Diary Exhibit
October 3- November 4, 2017
In May 2017, 11th graders at Keene High School transcribed the 1850 diary of a teenager from Keene, Martha Willson. Interactive panels created by the students showcase their ability to analyze historical text, interpret local history, and engage with the past. Come see the diary of this 18 year old girl. Learn more about daily life in 1850s Keene. Support our community youth as they create their own sense of history. Exhibit design elements and supporting interactives are the work of student interns from Keene State College and Smith College.
Creating Her Own Interpretation of the Past
Inspired by Martha Willson’s diary while volunteering at the Historical Society in August 2017, Smith College student and Keene resident Patience Kayira created a blog and a Martha-inspired Pinterest page entitled “Utterly Me: A Vintage Teen.” The Historical Society of Cheshire County is proud to support projects by students who create their own unique understanding of the past and projects that link the past with the present.