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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.

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

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.


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


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