I was able to finish at the Bentley Library, at least for this trip. I was able to flip through Hannah Glover Carlisle's diaries from the 1890's but I would need another two full days to copy them so they will have to wait for a future trip. I filled my 4gig backup and had to delete some stuff that was one my other stick to make room for all of the images that I have.
Finding all of this should be enough for anyone but not me. As exciting as it was to finally see the letters I was just as excited that I was able to have dinner with Jasia. She drove out to Ann Arbor to save me extra travel. She picked a local pub which was just perfect and I never would have discovered it on my own. We knew each other well enough from our blogs to sit and talk like old friends. And talk we did! OK, to start I did most of the talking because I was so excited and it was nirvana to have a receptive audience. We did soon move onto other topics. I was startled to realize that three hours had flown by. Jasia is just as much fun as I expected her to be and I had a great time! Since I have to come back for the diaries sometime I hope that we can do it again.
After I finished at the library yesterday I drove across the state to Benton Harbor so I could attend the Berrien County Genealogical Society meeting. They were a very welcoming group. Juliane's granddaughter was speaking about blogging - how could I pass that up? It was nice to be able to meet but we didn't have time to talk so we will be meeting later today for lunch and I'm really looking forward to that!
There is no internet access at the hotel here (no hot water either!) so I'm at a charming little coffee shop, the Bear Naked Beanery, where they could not be nicer. It seems Michigan is full of nice people :)