From the Publisher
This is and easy-to-read diary since it has large 11-point text and its many nostalgic illustrations appear at the page where the subject is discussed. Together, the book can also be used as a Columbian Exposition reference since it contains a full map of the fairgrounds, complete index, and a bibliographic source listing for each inserted photograph.
From the Author
The original diary was not signed, but the authors felt that the reader should know who wrote it and thus make the the diary as personal as possible. They set about finding the diarist by combing newspaper records of the day using clues given in the diary. They found the one-and-only father-and-son combination that left their home in Olean, New York, for the fair on the very day the diary begins: August 17, 1893. Then, using a variety of geneology records, they found the history of the family that went to the fair that summer of 1893. This compelling detective story is told in the Introduction to the book.