A high school student touring John Quincy Adams’ archives recently noticed his bite-sized diary entries looked a lot like tweets. That observation led to a new initiative starting Aug. 5, as the Massachusetts Historical Society begins posting Adams’ updates from 200 years ago on Twitter in a program that links history with modern technology, reports the Associated Press. The historical society will include a presidential tracker of sorts, linking maps to show Adam’s progress on a diplomatic trek to Russia as U.S. minister. The tweets will include mentions of the sixth U.S. president’s favorite reads, memorable meals, weather updates, and the daily drama of months at sea. His updates are concise enough to put Twitter experts to shame: "Thick fog. Scanty Wind. On George’s Bank. Lat: 42-34. Read Massillon’s Careme Sermons 2 & 3. Ladies are Sick." (This one, from Aug. 6, 1809, comes in at 109 characters, well under Twitter’s 140-character limit.) Librarians and historians at the society say they hope to connect a new online generation with Adams by bringing his life into the 21st century. The group’s web site has digital copies of Adams’ diaries that show his whimsical script…

Click here for the full story

About the Author:

eSchool News


Add your opinion to the discussion.