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I promise, I really was going to write a blog post yesterday, but the power went off at 11:30 and didn’t go back on until 4:30. I went in search of a bookstore with a coffee shop that would have power, but I didn’t find one. Everything was closed due to the lack of power which was a result of a fire at the substation (whatever that means). I ended up at a coffee shop on Ludlow (don’t I sound like a local), which seemed to be the only place with power in a 2 mile radius from HUC. It reminded me a bit of Tea Chai Té, a place I frequently haunt in Portland. It had a  tea menu, slow service, and community journals to write in. It made me miss my friends (shout out to Adrienne, Alan, and Ceara <3).

I have been thinking a lot about the plantation database I am building. I am really shocked by some of the plantations that still exist today and their website designs. They seem nostalgic for a time when slavery was though of as acceptable (let’s move on people! not acceptable!). It is also hard because I have never learned my tech skills in a formal setting, I learn by myself, on the go, or with the librarians from Haverford, Laurie Allen and Mike Zarafonetis. I am still having trouble thinking about how to create the front-end for a database, which program to us,  ensuring that the aesthetics are pleasing, and that it is user friendly. I leave you with a few photos from this morning, the first day that the sun has shone in the morning.

Reading Room
Reading Room
Though almost everything is in an online catalog, there is about 10% of the archive that one can only find through the card catalog
Though almost everything is in an online catalog, there is about 10% of the archive that one can only find through the card catalog
Where I work everyday
Where I work everyday
The desk where you sign in and request archives.

 

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Laura Newman Eckstein is a recent alum of Haverford College. She is an enthusiastic cartophile, a digital humanities lover, and creative spirit. Currently, Laura lives in Portland, Oregon where she makes maps and works on her urban farm.