Wednesday, December 09, 2015
On November 22, 1915 a sixteen year old named Beatrice started a diary, recounting the daily occurrences of her first year at boarding college. She continued writing in her diaries until October 26, 1925.
The diaries sometimes recount rather bland details of a school day, but are sometimes full of parties, dates, and teenage crushes. There are moments of wondering about her future and times when she struggles with her mental health. There are glimpses into the personal impact of major historical developments like World War I, the introduction of the first automobiles in the Montreal area, and spread of deadly diseases. Ethical Thinker came across her diaries in a box of papers and photographs that she left behind when she passed away and has been transcribing and live tweeting her diary from 100 years ago @CenturyBea.