Now that I’ve decided to reproduce my aunt’s home economics notebook, I am looking for ways to make the book more interesting and uncover any other stories related to this little keepsake. My approach isn’t strictly genealogical; it’s more a blend of local and family history with a dose of literary criticism from my high school English Lit teacher past.
My purpose is to add a “sense of place” to the notebook, not to overwhelm it with facts, figures, or history. I will probably need to select the most compelling information and save the other research for background. Here’s my initial brainstorm list of possibilities; feel free to leave a comment if you can add to the list.
I used MindNode for Mac (free) to brainstorm possible topics:
I like using a mapping tool for brainstorming, but here it is in list format:
Franny’s Food Notebook
- Part 1 Requirements
- kitchen how-tos
- 50’s homemaking
- food trends
- Part 2 Personalized
Author: Frances Brown
- age 13
- parents Frank & Arline father working?
- 1 sister Susie
- home address frequent moves
- junior high
- santa ana, ca
- new school bldg 1931
- home economics class semester or yr long?
- what was it like? girls only?
- home ec
- orange county
With so many possibilities to make the story richer, it will be tough to choose the best. What have I missed?