So I’ve spent the past couple of days in the Reading area, finishing up some research for The Long-Lost Friend. Yesterday I made my way down to Franklin and Marshall to check on some items in their library’s special collections, and managed to walk in the one day that half a dozen students showed up to work on their papers – and it’s a small room. Today I went to the Berks County Courthouse and the Genealogical Society, which is in the Goggleworks, an old factory that’s been refurbished and turned into studios for artists and ballet classes. It has been a very positive experience overall, with everyone willing to go above and beyond to help.
As for the actual research, it was good, but it could have gone better. For example, I was hoping to track down the tract of land on which Hohman lived when he wrote his book, but gaps in the property records have left me unable to track down that particular plot. Nonetheless, I managed to find a few other bits of information, including a fascinating local murder case of Hohman’s time and the fact that he lived in a log cabin, with a corresponding log stable.
I also had some traditional, um, Japanese food.
I’ll let you know how the rest of the trip goes.