The appeal of the diary is in part its promise to expose the private and secret. Reading diaries can open a tantalizing window into past lives. While diaries of the famous have their own allure, diaries of ordinary people offer a unique first-hand perspective of life in a way that official historical records rarely can. Whether you seek the extraordinary or commonplace this month's Dear Diary display has something to lure you in.
The admonition to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes means before judging someone, you must understand their experiences. August's display, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, encourages you to do just that. These stories are engrossing, heartbreaking, unbelievable, and often hilarious. Their honesty offers deeply personal experiences as you reflect on your own.