Louise Withers Sloan was born in 1892 near Davidson, North Carolina. She grew up in the small college town of Davidson and her family owned a home on Main Street. Her father was a businessman and traveled around North Carolina frequently. In 1907, Louise went to Peace Institute for Women, a women's college in Raleigh, NC. She graduated, became a teacher and lived in Clarkton, NC. Later, she moved back home to Davidson and taught in Henderson. Louise lived in her family home on Main Street until the 1980s. She owned several rental properties in the Davidson/Charlotte area and was known by many as a local town character. She would arrive, unannounced, to weddings and if she did not show up, it was considered an insult. She loved the Davidson College Library and read the library's copy of the Charlotte Observer when it first arrived in the morning. An obiturary written by Chalmers G. Davidson from the Davidson College Archives remembered her as independent, a friend to all, and a woman who was "never vulgar and not without a certain wistful charm." She passed away in Falls Church, VA in 1992 at the age of 100.
This website invites you to imagine that the year is 1940:
Louise Wither's Sloan is 48 years old but still lives in her childhood home in Davidson, North Carolina. Searching through her room one day, she finds a box of letters and school things from her time at Peace Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also stumbles upon her correspondence with William Richardson, a long time suitor. Although their relationship has ended, they remain cordial. While these evoke personal memories for Louise, as future onlookers we don't know all the context that she does. Explore the Neatline maps to get a better sense of Louise's youth through spatial relationships, digitized map, and copies of her correspondence with family and William.
This is Hannah Grace Heartfield's final project for Digital Studies 215: Death in the Digital Age.
"This class explores the idea of digital death, through critical approaches to the possibilities of true “digital death” in the computer age and the production of digital archives that “resurrect” the stories of people who are long dead. By the end of the course, students will learn to create and curate online databases, to consider the preservation (and annihilation) of digital data, and understand the meaning of death in the digital age."
For more information, visit http://courses.shroutdocs.org/dig215/
A selection of their correspondence, 11 Letters