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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Back from the dead...Sort of....

I have to apologize deeply for not posting for so long. It's been pretty hectic lately, mostly because my other addiction, history, has overridden every other aspect of my life.

For a few years now I have been exploring and photographing abandoned buildings. I've always been a history nut and for some reason, abandoned things have always intrigued me, probably because I love imagining what came before. I like to walk the halls of these buildings and create pictures in my head of what they looked like 100 years ago. This must also be due in part to the writer in me because I then run to the library or the state archives and start furiously researching each place I shoot.

When I first moved to Central Mass a friend of mine showed me this beautiful inn right on the common in a sleepy little town not far from where I live. The long and short of it is, this inn was eventually turned into a school and the moment I found that out, I was hooked. I had to know more. I found a few discarded yearbooks in the building's library and immediately started searching for some of the alums on Classmates. A few weeks ago I finally got a response from one the alums and in the end, am now in contact with 22 of the members of the class of 1969. I have also been invited to their 40th and final reunion which will be held in October.

So needless to say, I have spent the past month focused solely on researching as much as I can about this school and the girls who attended the school so that I can do them justice when I write their history.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. If anyone would like to see the project as it unfolds, I've started a website at and while it's definitely under construction, it will most likely grow daily as my cluttered brain continues to come up with fascinating ideas for archiving what remains of the Maria Assumpta!