The archivist pulled out the box you see on the right, which contained various items including a day-book which is basically his financial account log. Meh, not great for kids. I spotted a "Biographical Sketch of the Late Tim Jackson Esq", a handwritten booklet. Meanwhile the archivist had a "Narrative of T Jackson", and under that was a booklet of lined paper titled "Timothy Jackson". I skimmed a few pages of the Biographical Sketch, and when she put it down I looked at the archivist's Narrative. Neither has an author listed, but the Biographical Sketch ends with "Attest, Samuel Murdock Town Clerk" .... why would a biography need to be legally attested (like a will or a marriage license)??!!
Another thing: see below how similar the sentences are on the first page:
After studying these documents for a while, I've concluded that the left-side "sketch" is the original, and the right-side "narrative" was written as a paraphrasing of the earlier piece. It might even be a younger Jackson's assignment, like Write about your grandfather's history! However, I might be wrong about this ... more consideration is needed.
But there are more mysteries, like why the handwriting seems to change between page 19 (upper-right) and page 20 (lower-left). Is it the same person?? The wider handwriting style continues for ten more pages to the end.
The flipping awesomeness will come later. I plan to record a few videos about the discovery, and my thought process as I encountered the documents. Exactly how I will script and perform those videos....I'm not sure. Present it "live" as if I'm experiencing them for the first time? Retell my step-by-step discoveries, somewhat like I did in this post? And how much should I save for students to figure out for themselves?