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Journals as a Source of Historical Information

Most of us will not write a journal with the intention that it will become a source of historical information. This is so because we do not feel that we are living in a time that deserves to be captured on paper. Anne Frank’s now famous diary captured the horrors of the Holocaust. This diary is of great significance as it captured the day to day trials of a person living in hiding with her life at stake. It is a period in history that we hope will never be repeated.


The question is; how do we know that what we write in our own journals will not be of historical value to someone else? Our lives do not need to be traumatic or painful to be written down. Even if it is, maybe what we journal will convince others to take a different path. Many of us are parents, grandparents, aunts, teachers and what we say about our lives might provide important lessons to someone else. We may even want to leave special stories or advice for persons who are special to us.


The world is rapidly changing and what we experience today might be gone tomorrow. Hence, our words might be beneficial to future readers. It might not be a monumental historic occasion but even mundane rituals might become important. Still, if we want to write about something serious, there is the economic crisis and it affects all of us.


Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.


Sheryl A. Keen

Author “Journal According to John.”





January 26, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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