Southampton Historical Museum Journals: February 2015

Southampton Historical Museum Journals February
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The Southampton Historical Museum’s special journaling project is entering its third month this weekend, so it’s time to see what participants have been writing about in February.

In conjunction with Southampton’s 375th anniversary, the Historical Museum asked willing members of the community to write a daily journal for the entire year, beginning on January 1, 2015. After they are completed on December 31, 2015, the journals will be submitted to the museum and included in a major Southampton 375 exhibition at the Rogers Mansion in the spring and summer of 2016. The journals will ultimately end up in the museum’s archives to enlighten and entertain future generations.

To help celebrate this unique event, we are posting select entries each month from a few of the project’s 60 participants. On Thursday, January 22, these participants will gather at the Historical Museum to mingle, get to know each other, share their journals and discuss the project.

These select entries from February 2015, furnished by the Southampton Historical Museum and the journaling project members, are edited only for spelling and basic grammar.

Susan Colledge, Southampton Trails Preservation Society
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
This is becoming more difficult. Why? Certainly I am not desirous of doing LESS so that I have more time to journal. Therefore I shall be more efficient with the time in front of me. But, standing in the rice aisle, there are many types of rice from which to choose…..pilaf ? risotto? curry? soup? salad? side? Long grain, short grain, Jasmine, Basmati, Brown, white, Bhutan, Black Pearl, Wild…ahhhhh. You see? I have used up my journaling time!

Laurie Collins, Programs & Education and Events Manager, Southampton Historical Museum
Friday, February 6, 2015
Diane, Courtney and I were the only ones working at the museum today. Catching up on lots of paperwork and sprucing up the gift shop. It’s chilly in the museum as usual, but compared to the temp outside it feels warm. Walking anywhere in Southampton is a challenge because of the ice. It is not safe for any age. I kept hearing an engine revving outside. I finally got up and looked out the office window to see a mail truck stuck on a small patch of ice near the curb on Meeting House Lane. I’m sure he had just put the mail in the museum box. A young strong looking woman was pushing  from the front as the driver kept trying to back the truck up. Finally a man comes along and joins the effort and together success. That was the excitement for the day. Back at my desk I get an email from Hilary Woodward sharing a journal entry from Emma and Lucy from Hawaii. They seem to be enjoying the warm weather! I request, no more sharing journal entries from any warm climate! ALOHA!

Matt Nuccio, Financial Planner, Ameriprise
Thursday, February 12, 2015
We’re all prepared for the blizzard. We got salt, a shovel, snow boots, firewood, and in case we really get stuck, cross-country skis.

Oliver Peterson, Web Editor,
Wednesday, February 12, 2015
Work began as usual, but things got interesting around 2 p.m. when Colleen called from home to say it sounded like a plane had crashed into the house and tons of smoke was billowing from a property across the street! She called 911 and Brendan and I raced to the scene. Turns out the house literally exploded! They hit a gas line and BOOM! People had just started gathering and firefighters were just getting in place when we got there. Two men covered in soot and blood with burnt clothes were treated and taken to hospital. We snapped lots of good pics and shot video. Pics were used by CBS, NBC and ABC. Also stolen by some conservative radio station—I’m dealing with that. We need to be credited. Brendan and I had lots of fun doing spot news like old times. We uploaded photos from my house and posted quick story and then returned to the office. On the way, we saw a lady walking topless by McDonalds. Cops stopped her.

Brenda Simmons, Assistant to the Mayor of Southampton
Monday, February 16, 2015
Reflecting on Black History Month: a time to inform and share with the world the many known and unknown extraordinary contributions of a people once considered being merely equal to cattle and goods.

Check back next month for more entries from the Southampton Historical Museum journaling project. Read January’s selections here.

For more information, visit or check out the journaling project on Tumblr.

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