By Lindsay Bina, Intern and Anna Clutterbuck-Cook, Reader Services
Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s previous entries, here:
May | June | July | August
September | October | November | December
As regular readers of the Beehive know, we are following Barbara throughout 1918 with monthly blog posts that present Barbara’s daily life — going to school, seeing friends, playing basketball, and caring for family members — in the words she wrote a century ago. Here is Barbara’s June, day by day.
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SAT. 1 JUNE
Swimming. May [Fête]. Hot as the deuce
Went to Winthrop
School. Swimming Exhibition
School. Went up River and to Park.
Babies. In town with Peg.
Hung around. Commencement Vespers
School. Babies. Class Night at Lasell
School. Sick? Mother with Cousin Bert
In Town. Wellesley with Peg. Dance at Spuds
Church. S. School. Mrs. Moody to dinner
School. Babies. Got a boil.
School. Riding with Cousin Bert. Peg over Night.
French Exam. Mother’s Birthday. Headache. Pegs. Almost Sick
Latin Exam. Tennis at Pegs
Cooked. Pegs. Party at Posies. Dancing at Garden
Sunday School. Peg’s over night.
Geometry Exam. Cleaned Closet. Peg’s for eighth grade party.
In town with Mrs. Dow. Cousin Alice’s for supper. Met Babe
In town to the Dr. Dill. K’s for supper. Study club affair
DIn town. Worked with Platt.
Cleaned. Dentist. Dinner with Platt. Saw him off.
Shampoo. Aunt Mable’s. Said goodbye to Stewarts
Church. Sunday School. Riding with [Gathaman’s]. Packed.
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If you are interested in viewing the diary in person in our library or have other questions about the collection, please visit the library or contact a member of the library staff for further assistance.
*Please note that the diary transcription is a rough-and-ready version, not an authoritative transcript. Researchers wishing to use the diary in the course of their own work should verify the version found here with the manuscript original. The catalog record for the Barbara Hillard Smith collection may be found here.