Fearless Females 8 March 2016: Diary, Journal or Letters?

The prompt for 8 March 2016 focuses on the writings of female ancestors.

March 8 — Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

I don’t have any diaries or journals from any of my female ancestors. I do have a special keepsake from my mother–a notebook she kept while planning her wedding in 1947.

Wedding notebook of Anna Alzo. Photo privately held by Lisa A. Alzo

In this notebook, she kept a detailed description of all the things she purchased for the big day–from the rings, to the blood test, to how many pounds of ground meat for the stuffed cabbage to be served at the reception! She noted in detail how much each item cost. My mother was meticulous when it came to keeping track of expenses and good at math. I love looking at this book–it reveals so much about my mother’s personality.

[This post appeared previously for Fearless Females 2010-2013]

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