Archives — Grandma’s Diary

Helena Muffly
Helena Muffly

My grandmother, Helena Muffly, kept a diary from 1911-1914 when she was a teen living on a farm in central Pennsylvania. The original purpose of this blog was to post Grandma’s diary entries, as well as background and contextual information, a hundred year’s to the day after she wrote them.

Now that all of the diary entries have been posted, the purpose this blog has shifted. It now focuses on food, healthy living, and more from a hundred years ago; but diary posts are still available.  You may enjoy reading (or rereading) some of those posts.

Click on any entry posted between January 1, 2011 and December 29, 2014 to read diary entries. You can access the pages about the diary here:

About – The Diary Years

People Mentioned in the Diary


A Few of My Favorite Posts During the Diary Years

Last Day of School, a Graduation Ceremony, and a Wedding

Cube Root Word Problems

What’s the Difference Between Butternuts and Black Walnuts?

Halloween Parties a Hundred Years Ago

Hundred-Year-Old Velvet Hats

Diary Text (Chronological)–with no comments or background information

5 thoughts on “Archives — Grandma’s Diary

  1. This is absolutely marvellous reading. What a wonderful platform to record your Grandmother’s diary and the era. I have just completed scanning my Grandfather’s farming papers and diaries from about 1913 to about 1932. I am inspired by your blog to post some of his entries. Included are invoices for my own Grandmother’s groceries that give an insight to the cooking she did. Thank you for sharing your family memories.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. I really enjoyed posting my grandmother’s diary entries, and it’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed them. You are so fortunate to have your grandmother’s diary and related materials. I wish my grandmother had kept a diary for as many years as your grandmother did. 🙂

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