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Transcribe volunteers help make Virginia’s history more complete

Several diligent MLWGS students from Chesterfield, Goochland, Henrico, Prince George, and Richmond dove into the challenging and rewarding work of transcribing historic documents for the Making History: Transcribe! project on Wednesday.

Some found it easier to decipher cursive with help from a friend. And whether working independently or together, students discovered that reading these documents brings history to life in new ways.

students working together on laptops to decipher historic documents

During this Transcribe-a-thon, we worked with two recently merged collections: the Virginia Museum of History and Culture’s Unknown No Longer and the Library of Virginia’s Virginia Untold, both focused on pre-1865 Virginia documents by and/or about enslaved and free African Americans.

The letters, freedom suits, and other documents that students transcribed revealed both personal and public details about individuals and families; painful details about the brutality and inhumanity of slavery; poignant details about resilience, tenacity, love, and loss–details that will soon be searchable by scholars, historians, and genealogists.

Along with other Transcribe volunteers, these MLWGS students are helping make the story that accessible historical records tell about Virginia and America more complete.

If you’d like to participate in this important project, stop by the library to see Ms. DeGroat. You may earn up to 35 hours toward the MLWGS community service requirement by participating. After you attend a training session or Transcribe-a-thon (our next one is on April 10th), you can even work on transcriptions from home.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2019 in news

 

Stickers!

sticker_on_water_bottle_smallCurious?

Love to read?

Enjoy the challenge and thrill of research?

Then adorn your water bottle, notebook, journal, laptop, or sketchbook with one of the library’s

Wonder. Research. Repeat. stickers!

Grab one today in the library near today’s newspaper.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2019 in news

 

Transcribe-a-thon this Wednesday!

Come to the library after school on Wednesday, Feb. 13th to participate in our next Transcribe-a-thon! We’ll be deciphering and transcribing historical documents for the Library of Virginia’s Making History: Transcribe! project from 3:15pm until 4:45pm. If your parents are coming to school for conferences, you’re welcome to stay longer.

If you’d like to participate, sign up for an account on the project web site by tomorrow, then send me an email to let me know what email you used. That way I can let the Library of Virginia know that email is associated with a student at MLWGS.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2019 in news

 

Coming soon…Library 2025 Vision Walk

Last spring, several dynamic, insightful students from across the school districts that send students to MLWGS participated in library focus groups. Their valuable feedback kicked off my process of gathering student, faculty, and parent input as I develop the library’s 2020-2025 strategic plan.

About six weeks from now, YOU will have an opportunity to contribute your ideas by engaging in the Library 2025 Vision Walk which will take place in the hallway between the library and the Digital Video Lab from March 11 through 15.

In the meantime, if you appreciate the changes that have already taken place in the library this school year and would like to join me in thanking the 2018 library focus group participants, you’ll see fliers around school with their photos on them!

photo of flier showing 2018 library focus group participants and promoting the Library 2025 Vision Walk, March 11 through 15

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2019 in news