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Bernice’s Journals

A reader writes;

“Hello, I found your blog while searching for information on Toronto dance halls. I think you might enjoy bernicesjournals.com These are my Mothers diaries from the 1930s when she is a high school student at Humberside and her family lived on Pacific Avenue. You may enjoy some of the details she shares about Toronto.”

Bernice1Bernice Hodgins Milne


3 responses

  1. sonyxmax

    Cool link. I would never have the patience to do a diary/journal for too long – I did several journals during my first two or three years at OCA but then fell out of practise. I think after awhile I found them too self-referential and potentially revealing. In the end I decided my youthful adventures were neither terribly original or instructive. But Bernice’s efforts also demonstrate that there is a historical, time-capsule value in such efforts. It’s fantastic that her kids preserved and extended their dissemination after their mother’s death.

    December 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    • Joseph

      Great link indeed! I appreciate it to be able to go back more than 80 years and read comments and observations by people who wrote them down, sincerely and without knowing if anyone would ever read them. This lady’s writings bring us good insight of what life was about in those years and we should appreciate what they can teach us today.
      A very nice gesture of the person who decided to share those journals with us! I wish that there were more like them on the inetrnet. Avis aux amateurs 🙂

      December 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    • Hi, so glad you find them interesting. As one of her kids, I have to say, we did not read those journals until years after she had died. She kept them through all the kids, years and moves so we did not feel comfortable throwing them out. We also didn’t feel comfortable cracking them open and reading them. It wasn’t until years later as we were sorting through final things that we had to make a decision about what to to do with them. We were pleasantly surprised to find her voice as a young girl. I feel I know her better for having read them.

      December 7, 2014 at 8:36 pm

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