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Follow the progress of an American Pioneer Family in 1852 LIVE on Twit

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#1 Alex Ford

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:22 PM

Ever wondered what it was like to cross the Great American Desert? Ever wanted to know the experiences and hardships faced by pioneering families? 

Sometimes it is hard to get students to appreciate the experiences of the early migrants to the west. Well what if there had been twitter in 1850? Enter my experiment (idea was shamelessly nicked from @historyneedsyou who did an amazing live account of the battle of Marston Moor)

This summer, I am going to be LIVE Tweeting the experiences of one emigrant family, from the diary of 17 year old Abigail Jane Scott, as they would have happened 160 years ago in 1852. Each day I will tweet extracts from Abigail's diary for that date. The wording will be modified to reflect the real-time nature of the events. The idea is to keep going until they reach Oregon. There will hopefully be loads of good discussion points on the way too. Let me know your thoughts at @apf102.

All you need to do is follow @hgshistory on Twitter and watch out for the updates marked #TheWestLive

You might also like to read the initial full postings at


Edited by Alex Ford, 04 July 2012 - 08:56 PM.

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#2 Lauren Conway

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:36 AM

That's such an amazing idea - thanks for letting us know about this!

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