Sunday, August 7, 2016

'Decoding the Civil War' Volunteer Project

(Note from Leigh: I typically do not post items that are general interest, not related to our local area. But this is so unique and intriguing, I would think others would agree and would be interested in participating. For those that need to accrue Community Service, I would think this would count, maybe?)


Volunteers Wanted! 75,000 Strong!

Join our Effort!
Over one hundred and fifty years have passed since the end of the United States Civil War and it still captures the imagination and passion of young and old. Decoding the Civil War, funded by a two-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is a consortium project to digitize and transcribe the Union Army telegrams from The Thomas T. Eckert Papers. This project draws together the expertise of four organizations — The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; the Papers of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; North Carolina State University; and the Zooniverse with its team at the University of Minnesota — with the hope that the transcription and decoding of Civil War telegrams will engage, and fire curiosity, in new and younger audiences.

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