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On the left is a photograph at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS)  when I met David McCullough





Above- I gave Mr. McCullough a copy of a book one of my article appeared in titled McAllister, Crane & Co.

He visited the Arabia Museum and told me he'd like to see a book on the Arabia. ( I love Historical Collections and my vast collection I wouldn't dream of breaking up and should eventually be part of an appropriate archive like AAS that can protect it for future generations and researcher's can have access.)

Why am I attaching these photographs in this blog, you ask? David McCollough is a great researcher and he takes time to follow up on each led.The most encouraging comment he made on Charlie Rose (If I remember correctly) was he is a great re-writer (new information means revising the draft) which you will see in the next blog on my Salesman's Journal.
I heard him give a lecture on his book John Adams at AAS and you could not hear a pin drop. He spoke about Massachusetts (MHS) developing a program for teachers teaching them how to research and I hope my blog helps teachers and others learn that too. McCollough gave the lecture below that remind me of the  It like the old parable:
"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."
14 July 2004
John Adams: Independence Forever, 2004 Teacher Institute, sponsored by the Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, Massachusetts, National Park Service
Teachers attended a lecture on "Researching John Adams" by David McCullough. The MHS staff introduced the Adams Papers documentary editions and presented the Adams Electronic Archive and the two web-based, teacher curriculum projects, "John Quincy Adams: One President's Adolescence" and "Abigail's War: The American Revolution through the Eyes of Abigail Adams."


This afternoon, I had time to keep my promise to send an email to the Mass Historical Society in hopes of finding a name for the St. Louis Traveling Salesman....Keep your fingers crossed.

In my query you see below, I mention why I need this research....this is very important because libraries keep a count. I believe this is a good thing because when collections can document why and how they are being used by the public or by scholars, they reap better government funding and private donations.

Query
From: ElizabethCT@gmail.com
To: library@masshist.org
Cc: dgrodzins@masshist.org
Date: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 2:46 pm
AttachmentSalesman_blog.jpg

Hello,
Recently I have come across an article on Theodore Parker (August 24, 1810-May 10, 1860) written by Dean Grodzins, who is a Mass Historical Society scholar. I have included him as a cc in this email.

http://www25.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/theodoreparker.html

His cited the Massachusetts Historical Society holds the largest collection of letters to and from Parker (mostly in copied form), two more volumes of his journal, and notebooks.

I am not sure if Parker's journal kept a log of his visitors or not, but I do hope he did. I need the name of the St. Louis man who visited him on Monday October 29, 1855. Also, is it possible I can have a copy of the Sermon he gave on Sunday October 28, 1855 and a list of any known famous members of the Congregation that attended this service.

I am a historian for the Arabia Steamboat Museum and while I've been writing my manuscript I have been downloading ephemera about the steamboat's history and collection on my blog

http://steamboatarabiamuseum.blogspot.com/2010/04/salesmans-journal-glassware-chinaware_14.html

This research request pertains to an 1855 traveling St Louis salesman's journal and he attended this service and later visited him on Monday. It is an excellent example of a traveling salesman but he never wrote his name in his journal and it would be greatly appreciated if your holdings have this information.
"Monday, October 29, 1855- I called on the Theodore Parker and Elizas Wright. Afterwards, I visited the fair grounds and attended the sale of cattle and also visited again the inventor’s fair. I saw Mr. Wright again in the evening."

With warm regards,
Elizabeth Isenburg