I’ve got cabin fever!

March 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Cabin fever has ravaged all aboard
This once proud vessel has become a floating psycho ward
We were sailing, sailing headed who knows where
And now though we’re all here
We’re not all there
Cabin fever!
– lyrics from “Muppets Treasure Island”

Actually, it’s not that sort of cabin fever where you’re pacing because you’re stuck on deck of a ship that’s lost wind from its sails and it’s not the sort where you’re trapped inside all day for weeks on end with nothing to do and you can’t get out. The type of cabin fever I have has to do with the Roberts-Ferris cabin on the Main Square in Huntsville, TX.

Dr. Crimm at Sam Houston State University published a compilation of essays on the historical Roberts-Farris Cabin that she and her History class helped restore and rebuild in downtown Huntsville. The Newton Gresham Library has a copy of the book, which is titled Cabin Fever: The Roberts-Farris Cabin : A Campus, a Cabin, a Community (F392 .W24 C75 2002). The best part of this book to me is Dr. Crimm’s essay at the beginning as she talks about the project: how it got started, the troubles, the emotions, etc.

Some interesting issues are also raised as to whether or not restoring a historical site or artefact also means being historically acurate or only giving off the atmosphere of historical accuracy in order to comply to city ordinances and financial/time considerations. I get an answer to this question from Dr. Crimm herself. She graciously consented to be interviewed in a podcast by me, Michelle Martinez, which has just been posted online. A lot of other issues are covered and discussed. It was a great deal of fun and very interesting!

(You can listen to past podcasts online through the Library page under the Podcast button in green.)

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