Narratives are personal stories that help enrich the reader’s understanding of a time period, person, place, or event. These are first-person views of history taken from personal recollections, memoirs, diaries, and oral histories.

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Many years ago, I was at the Los Angeles natural history museum. Members were allowed to go back where the spiders and other things were kept. Seeing a tarantula, I mentioned that my uncle, Bill Baerg, studied spiders, especially tarantulas and black widows. I was then told that Baerg’s book was used until an updated version came out. That made me feel pretty good.

Myla Seidel
Los Angeles, CA