AUNT ADA’S DIARY, the Story of a Washington Woman in 1918, a Reading at Friendship Terrace

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Date(s) - September 24, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Seabury at Friendship Terrace

Contact Info:
202-244-7400 [email protected]


“Aunt Ada’s Diary” is the story of a Washington woman from 1918 speaking today through her diary.  Her great-grandniece, Bonnie Coe, found the diary on the passing of her father.  Ada Hume Williams in 1918 was 31, living in Washington on 7th Avenue NE.  She taught Latin at McKinley Technical High School along with tutoring Latin at home, writing four or five letters and day, receiving visitors, and reading to housebound friends.  She got candy at a store called Huyler’s, shopped at Woodward and Lothrop, and went to church, concerts and silent movies at the Apollo.  This and more is recorded in her diary.  The year 1918 was also the story of a city at war.  Classes at McKinley were canceled many days during that cold winter as scarce coal was reserved for war use.  Older boys dropped out of class, returning in their uniforms.  A captured German gun was displayed near the Capitol.  Bonnie Coe will present readings from “Aunt Ada’s Diary” at Seabury at Friendship Terrace Monday, September 23rd at 7:00 PM. The program is FREE and open to the public.  For more information call Friendship Terrace at 202-244-7400.  Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community is located at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW in Washington, DC, just two blocks from the Tenleytown Metro Station.  Friendship Terrace provides 180 affordable, independent living apartments for active seniors.