Have a Part in the Class Play

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, January 20, 1913: Our class expects to have a swell blow-out one of these days. We’re going to give a play. I am Chloe the negro servant. That was the part I really wanted.

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Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Hmm—I could go a lot of directions with this post, but I guess I’ll just leave it with this:

I’m glad Grandma got the part she wanted, but I wonder why she really wanted the role of Chloe. Was it a large part . . . or a relatively minor one? Did she think that it would be a challenging role . . . or an easy one?

34 thoughts on “Have a Part in the Class Play

    1. It would make an interesting discussion! One of the things I enjoy about doing this blog is the wonderful opportunities that it’s given me to get to know some of my relatives better.

  1. Hi, Cheryl,
    I am in awe of your blog! How special to have your grandmother’s diary.
    I’m subscribing to future posts, and although it will take a lot of catching up on my part, I hope to (eventually) read all your previous posts.

    Thanks!

    1. I also thought the same thing. Even though I know that the times were very different back then, I really struggle with the use of black face and the way African Americans were often portrayed in plays a hundred years ago.

  2. It sounds like everyone was arguing over the parts they wanted to do, I am glad Helena got the part she wanted. I hope she posts more on the play. (oh look at me… posts!! I meant write…, Sheryl it is like she is writing this today!)

  3. Well, Sheryl, I’ve come to bestow another blog award. (Except maybe you’re an awards-free blogger?) This award is
    the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award and you’re receiving it because you often comment on my blog posts. I want you to know that I appreciate that. It means a lot to know my posts are read. You can read my post about it at http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-favorite-award-to-give.html. (I finished the post late last night and was too tired to contact the recipients.) Thanks again for being such a great supporter of my blog by reading, visiting, and commenting. I appreciate it!

    1. Thank you for nominating me. I am greatly honored that you think this blog is worthy of the award. As you suggested, I don’t accept awards–though I always really appreciate the nomination. I want to keep this blog focused on my grandmother’s diary–and I’ve never been quite able to figure out how I could accept awards without shifting away from the blog’s theme.

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