Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Underground Railroad

While poking around on crafty blogs today I came across this old paper tutorial. The moment I saw the first picture I didn't need to read any further (further or farther?). I had seen this done before. My sister Polly went through a phase when she was a (youngish I think) teenager where she made a number of these for various reasons. I think the first one came about as the result of a school project. I don't really remember. What I do remember are the few that Polly made as part of a hoax. We grew up in an old farm house (100 years old this year) and so Polly made a few "old" papers saying that our house used to be part of the underground railroad with hopes to fool her younger siblings. As I recall, she hid them in the crawl space or somewhere in the basement and then pretended to find them when she had us hanging around. The whole idea was ridiculous, considering we grew up in Oregon (nevermind the fact that our house wasn't around when the underground railroad was in operation), but since I wasn't old enough to even read the papers Polly made I can assure you I wasn't old enough to know that Oregon had nothing to do with African Americans fleeing from slavery. And I was most definitely oblivious as to the age of my house or its relevance to the matter. Unfortunately for Polly, I also wasn't old enough to know that that's what the underground railroad was- African Americans escaping slavery, that is. For years afterward I spent many secret moments down in the basement looking for any sign of railroad tracks. She sure got me, but not like she meant to.

5 comments:

Kathy Haynie said...

She also made a "diary" from "Elizabeth Laurel" (since our house is on Laurel Lane). She claimed that Elizabeth had died in our house, and that the house was haunted. David was worried about that for years.

Katie said...

Yeah I remember that too. Apparently E. Laurel died in Kendra's old room... which is now the bathroom. I'm pretty positive that E. Laurel's diary was "found" in the crawl space on Halloween. Oooh. Spooky.

Polly said...

Was it Halloween or April's Fool's Day? Can't remember...

Lisa Lou said...

Haha! This is great! That craft looks really cool and now I want to try it!

Katie said...

I feel fairly certain that it was Halloween.