18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, April 21, 1913: I’m not doing very much studying now since final examinations are over.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The final countdown—only two more days until graduation!
Now, that final exams were finished, I’m surprised that Grandma was doing any studying .
Was she still making final revisions to her commencement speech titled Relics of the Earth’s Past?
Was the speech about fossils? . . . dinosaurs? . . . evolution? Was it controversial?
Grandma graduated well after the publication of the Origin of the Species (1859), but well before the Scopes Trial (1925). If the speech was about evolution, how did she frame it?