Second Annual Veterans Day Transcribathon - The American Soldier

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Type: 
Event
Date: 
November 11, 2019 to November 13, 2019
Location: 
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Digital Humanities, History Education, Military History

The American Soldier in World War II project is hosting its second commemorative Veterans Day transcribathon, November 11 through 13. This groundbreaking digital initiative is providing public access to a one-of-a-kind documentary collection: tens of thousands of pages of handwritten reflections on war and military service from US personnel—in their own words. Since the project’s May 2018 launch, citizen-archivists on the 1.9-million-member crowdsourcing platform Zooniverse.org have transcribed 46,000 pages, in triplicate. The goal of this 72-hour event is to complete another 2,000. 

“The American Soldier in World War II project is bringing to light 65,000 individual troops’ uncensored thoughts about their military service, thoughts that are sure to inform new angles on military history and our understanding of the Greatest Generation and American society during this defining conflict,” said National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “The Veterans Day transcribathon is a fitting tribute to our country’s armed forces, past and present, and one which NEH is proud to support.” 

You never know what you might discover.

To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/TASWWII. We encourage local libraries, civic organizations, and individuals to host synchronized transcribathons for this US holiday. All that is needed is a computer or computers with internet access. Customizable, as well as high-resolution, fliers are available for public distribution. Read a few pages for yourself, then help spread the word. 

For more information about local events and to register yourself or group, please visit https://forms.gle/7XrFnAZ7ZjvRBSFp6 or our Facebook event. If you have any questions, please reach out to us. We are happy to help and to receive suggestions about how to further extend the reach of this synchronous event. 

The American Soldier in World War II project is a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded collaboration among multiple units at Virginia Tech, the crowdsourcing platform Zooniverse.org, the University of Virginia, and the National Archives and Records Administration, with additional support from the Social Science Research Council.  

 

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Jessica Brabble, Graduate Research Assistant

[jmbrabble@vt.edu]

 

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Jessica Brabble, Graduate Research Assistant

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