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Happy birthday Walt Whitman, and By the People; New features; Lincoln challenge

New Material: Walt Whitman Campaign

On April 24, 2019 at 4pm Eastern time, you can take part in a virtual transcribathon of Walt Whitman materials from the Library of Congress collections. We're releasing new material to celebrate National Poetry month, Walt Whitman's 200th birthday, and the half-birthday of By the People! The Whitman materials will be our first new Campaign since we launched.

This event is a partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Council of Teachers of English, and is geared to students and teachers from secondary level on up. Home schoolers, after school clubs, campus groups, and lifelong learners are all welcome. Registration required.


New Release: Social Share, Resources, and more

We've made changes to the By the People website, which you can delve into here on the Concordia code base GitHub pages. Changes include new social share buttons on the transcription interface. Read more about Social Share on History Hub. We look forward to hearing from you!

Plus, we now have more information for people who want to host their own transcription party, learn how By the People can be used in the classroom, or understand how to use the project towards service hours! Visit the new "Resources" tab in the top navigation!


New Challenge: Review 1,000 #LettersToLincoln from 1862

Everyone loves a challenge or at least this amazing volunteer community does! Let's engage with some of the primary materials that were crossing Lincoln's desk during 1862. On April 16th of that year President Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia "an important step in the long road toward full emancipation and enfranchisement for African Americans" (read more here). To mark this momentous event, we challenge volunteers to review 1,000 pages in the #LettersToLincoln project: "Civil War, death of Willie Lincoln, drafts of Emancipation Proclamation", by the end of April. Remember, review is a vital step in making these materials publishable on, where they will increase accessibility for people who use screen readers. 

Click here for more information.