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Dear H-Public: In 1876, a historically-minded group of citizens on Prince Edward Island, Canada, distributed a survey to oldtimers around the island, asking what life was like around the beginning of the century. While I understand there were other such surveys in this general era -- seeking military memorabilia, political papers, or aboriginal artifacts -- this one seems unusual in its breadth. It asked 99 questions, everything from "Were they formerly happier than now, as a rule?" to "What kind of horned cattle had farmers then?" to "Were there many bears?" I am writing about this survey and the 19 responses that have been preserved. My question: Do you know of any similar surveys happening anywhere in the United States or Canada that may have served as inspiration? It was the American centennial, of course, so there was an uptick in historical interest around then. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated. __________________________________ Alan MacEachern Associate Professor & Graduate Chair, Department of History - history.uwo.ca/people/faculty/maceachern.html firstname.lastname@example.org Director, NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment - niche-canada.org The University of Western Ontario Lawson Hall room 2268 London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8 p 519 661-2111 x84993: -- H-Public To post to the list: H-PUBLIC@h-net.msu.edu Home page: www.h-net.org/~public sponsored by the National Council on Public History (www.ncph.org) --