Aimee here! I’ve returned from my wedding/honeymoon/archive symposium. I had a lovely time, and surprisingly, I barely thought about work! (No, really, that’s strange for me. Usually I’m the type to wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea for the magazine, or I’ll call the office a bunch of times to see how things are going while I’m out of town.)
Normally, I wouldn’t tell you too much about my personal life, but I made some observations while I was away that I wanted to share on the blog. For my honeymoon, my new husband and I drove down to Nashville, Tennessee, and also went to the Smoky Mountains. While we were in Nashville, we visited the Tennessee State Museum and learned a lot about the settlers who came to Tennessee and how they lived. Like in Labrador, they lived simply and were (and had to be) resourceful, using what was in the natural world around them or get at a trading post which was often far away. It was a really neat museum. I wish I could have stayed longer, but we went not long before closing and were escorted out of the building by security guards as soon as the clock struck 5. I wish I were kidding!
The next day we went to eastern Tennessee, and I picked up a bunch of pamphlets of things I wanted to see. One of the pamphlets was for the Museum of Appalachia. It had a write up from the founder in there – and I swear, you would think he was connected to Them Days somehow! He talked about how when he was young, he loved listening to stories from his elders, and his grandfather encouraged him to preserve the history that was being passed down to him somehow. And so he started to collect items from the older generations. And then he formed a little museum, and that museum grew to include several buildings, including old homes/cabins. And the pamphlet also had pictures of people doing things like playing the fiddle, and the photos were captioned with people’s names, like “Uncle John playing the fiddle.” Doesn’t that sound like a Them Days style place? Unfortunately we didn’t stop by, but I would have liked to!
Then, on our way out of Tennessee, we passed by the International Storytelling Center. I wanted to drop by and give them a copy of Them Days, but it was a Sunday morning, so it was closed. Again, I marvelled at how the Tennesseeans were keeping their history and traditions alive in a very similar manner to here in Labrador. I guess it has a lot to do with being rural and remote. Okay, so Tennessee isn’t quite as remote as Labrador, but many of the small mountain villages were isolated for a long time!
So I guess I was thinking about work after all!
One thing is for certain though – we definitely don’t have climates in common! It was 24C the day I was in Nashville…that’s a nice summer’s day here in Labrador!
I will update again later this week with information about what I did on Friday – I was in St. John’s for an archive symposium! Also, while at the symposium, I realized that I hadn’t made a post to show the end results of the construction from the spring…I know some visitors from the symposium will want to see those!
Have a good day!
Update: I added a few pictures since I realized I had my camera with me at work…these aren’t from my good camera, but they’re mostly just for fun anyway.
This has nothing to do with what I wrote in my blog post, but I need to share these cool cows anyways. They were the fanciest cows I've ever seen, with a big white stripe down the middle.
This was a sign at The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's Tennessee home. This is how I first saw the cool cows. I didn't think they would actually look like that!
Here I am in front of a log cabin display at the Tennessee State Museum.
Getting in the Smoky Mountains National Park spirit...