By breaking the code in 3,000 letters between the Rev. Edward Everett Hale and the previously unknown Harriet Freeman, Sara Day uncovered an illicit love affair and collaboration between two remarkable intellectuals and activists. Their special relationship, grounded in their shared passion for Unitarianism, outdoor life, natural history, and travel, endured for 25 years until Hale’s death in 1909. LEARN MORE
“Day’s informed research reminds me of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Midwife’s Tale, uncovering a previously unknown woman’s role, with the added twist of deciphering the antiquated shorthand which is so central to uncovering the full love story.”
– Mary Chitty, MSLS, Cambridge HealthTech
Sara Day has spent almost her entire career in historical interpretation as researcher, writer, editor, and curator, both as a freelancer and on staff at the Library of Congress, where the Hale-Freeman letters are archived.