Time travel and other historical adventures
The past few weeks I’ve spent much of my days at the Huntington Library, reading the journals of an exceptional female minister/healer (by some accounts she was the first American woman to seek ordination as a Congregationalist minster). This woman, Emma Newman, was a friend of suffragist Lucy Stone, she lived within a stone’s throw of Louisa May Alcott (and often heard Louisa’s father speak), and her uncle was a well-known abolitionist.
As I’ve spent hours poring over her journals and letters, I’ve found myself filled with a nearly-overwhelming desire to meet Emma. I went to lunch with two historian colleagues today and the sense of time travel was almost palpable as we sat around discussing our obsession with these individual’s lives–so much so that we’re devoting years of our own lives (our dissertation years) to studying them.
As I’ve studied genealogy and church history, I’ve often felt this same strong connection to the people from the past. I remember a moment a few years ago when a colleague asked me where in time I would time-travel to if I were given the opportunity and I replied that it would be to Nauvoo–I craved to meet Joseph myself and know if I would believe his prophetic mission.
So my question to you is: if you could travel back in time to either one historical moment or to meet one historical person, when and where would you go? And why?