Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Getting Nosy

Ever been tempted to read someone's private diary? Now you can read the Diary of William Steinway, of the famous piano company family. He started it in 1861, just as the Civil War was getting underway and 3 days before he was married to his first wife. The Diary Project is the result of thousands of hours of research by about 100 volunteers, one of which was Diary donor, Henry Ziegler Steinway, until his death in 2008.

The National Museum of American History has made availaable an annotated online edition of William Steinway's diary at this amazing website. Each of the 2500 handwritten pages has been scanned and there are transcriptions, family trees and information, and historical perspectives.

Even if you don't have much time to spend on stuff that doesn't pertain to your daily life, it's worth at least one visit.