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The History of Thurber in 12 Objects: Artifact 1

by Shae Adams
“This meant that the miners were away from home twelve hours and fifteen minutes every day they worked, and gave rise to a complaint that the only opportunity a miner had to see his children was on Sunday, as they were engaged in peaceful slumber when he left for work in the morning and were packed off to bed when he returned from work at night. Yes, the lowly and humble miners love their children just as other people do.”
I ran across this quote a few weeks ago while researching for an upcoming exhibit. It comes from a draft of Mary Jane Gentry’s thesis about the history of Thurber. Through all my research that day, that last sentence stuck with me. So often as we study history, we forget that the people of the past had lives as colorful, heartbreaking, exciting, boring, and complex as our own. We forget that they tucked their children in at night, made jokes with co-workers, fell in love, felt hopeless, and experienced personal victories, just as we do today.
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