Sarah Lowry Ames and her husband, John S. Ames III, are retired and live in Boston. They used to own and operate Ten High Street, a seasonal fine art and antique gallery in mid-coast Maine. Before that, Sarah held various curatorial and administrative positions at the Farnsworth Art Museum, the University of Maine Museum of Art and Maine Coast Artists, now Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Her avocation, however, has long been the study of America in the 19th century.
When a cousin of her husband brought over a box of 19th century family diaries, she offered to transcribe them. That was around 2001, and since then Sarah has read, studied, prodded and in all other respects delved into the lives of the Ames family during the 19th century. The Ameses were both ordinary and extraordinary, representative and remarkable. The diary of Evelina Orville Gilmore Ames helps tell their story.