Diaries & Recollections of Elizabeth Penson
By Joan E. McHugh
Elizabeth Penson (1884 – 1974) described herself as a Science teacher with a tendency to dream.
In her ninetieth year, living with her grand-niece, Elizabeth Penson rediscovered her journals from the early decades of the 1900s. Reading them allowed her to recall her youth, her passion for studies, time teaching in Saskatchewan, and years pioneering as a female in high school science labs. Backgrounding all: a romantic story set in the District of Muskoka, where she delighted in family summers and eventually retired.
. . .memories, a vast sea of them, seem to lift me on a rising swell and whisper to me in the trough as I close my eyes. I am floating away through childhood memories of long ago.
Joan McHugh has drawn on her great aunt’s diaries and recollections to introduce a complex woman living, working, and daring in what is sometimes regarded as a simpler time.
144 pages, quality softcover
$22.00 in Canada