LOL with JQA

File this one under “Signs of the Times.”  Somebody at the Massachusetts Historical Society noticed that John Quincy Adams wrote very brief entries in the diary he kept after his appointment as minister to Russia.  Next thing you know, Adams has his own Twitter account

They’re posting the diary entries on a daily basis, exactly two centuries after Adams wrote each one.  So far he’s still on his voyage across the Atlantic, headed to St. Petersburg.  Today’s entry: “9/7/1809: Head wind. Calm. Rain, Fog. Lat: 60-30. Long: 7-14. No Soundings. Phocion. Cato of Utica. Birds. Cards.”

Some entries are linked to a Google map marked with the coordinates he put down, so you can trace his voyage across the Atlantic as he tweets merrily away.  Pretty nifty!

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2 responses to “LOL with JQA

  1. I think that’s a neat idea! I love old diary entries like that and that’s a great way to use Twitter too. I wish more people tweeted diary entries or quotes from historical figures.

  2. mlynchhistory

    I suspect other museums and archives will start using it once it catches on. Apparently the JQA site has gotten a lot of hits.

    –ML

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