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Post Philadelphia Update

In the past 48 hours I have  been from Philadelphia to Boston, from Boston to New Hampshire, and from New Hampshire to North Adams. Now that I’ve had a few minutes to catch my breath I can recap what I found in Philly.

My overall experience at the PMA archives was absolutely fantastic. The archivist was so kind, helpful and very interested and enthusiastic about this project. As for what I was able to find on Marry Curran, it was not as much as I hoped to find. While there was info on her time in North Adams, the bulk of the material had to do with her activities in Pennsylvania. However, I did find a number of interesting items to include on the website. Curran was heavily involved with the National League of Girls’ Clubs (previously the National League of Women Workers) and founded and was the first president of the North Adams Girls’ Club. I found an article on the history of the Girl’s Club in North Adams and a letter from Curran to the League that gives great insight into her goals and motivations.

Now that I’m back in North Adams I can use what I found in Philadelphia to attempt to fill in some of the blanks.

In Philadelphia!

This week has been so hectic trying to finalize travel plans and appointments that I haven’t had a minute to think about anything else, let alone sit down to blog. For a while I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it down here afterall. But I left yesterday and arrived in Philadelphia this morning! In a couple hours I’ll head over to the Museum of Art archives to begin my research. I’m so excited to see what I will find and I sincerely hope there will be enough materials of interest and relevance to have Mary Curran be a prominent feature on my site.  I’m also hoping I can find some hint as to the nature of her leave of absence for military service.

I’ll make another post later to let you all know how it went!

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