- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

Key West, Fla. (AP) - A 1800s-era journal kept by a former Key West Mayor is helping preserve the region’s sea-going history.

The Florida Keys Citizen (https://bit.ly/18F7DEE ) reports that the journal, kept by former 10-term mayor Alexander Patterson, was recently donated to the Key West Library.

Patterson’s writing chronicles the region’s shipping industry in the mid-1800s. His journal was later used by as a scrapbook by one of his young daughters and also gives insight into the daily life a child in the pre-Civil War South.

The library plans to send the book to a conservation center for restoration.


Information from: The Key West (Fla.) Citizen, https://www.keysnews.com

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