The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Posts tagged with: Wikipedia
- Lend a hand to "Wiki Loves Monuments" to improve Wikipedia articles about U.S. historic sites.
- The Banned Book Handbook, 2016 edition. [via Info Docket]
- Didn't get tickets to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Museum opening? You can still attend the surrounding festival featuring The Roots and Public Enemy! [via NY Times]
- The first non-white male is sworn in as Librarian of Congress, aka Carla Hayden. [via DCist]
- The exhibition history of MOMA now online. [via Info Docket]
- A (long) list of Mark Twain's favorite comfort foods (of course includes apple pie.) [via Open Culture]
- Ick, sneeze in slow motion. [via NPR]
- Aww, baby oranguatan and momma at our National Zoo. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, over 30 volunteers showed up at the National Museum of the American Indian to write minority women into digital history during a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in honor of Women's History Month. On the to-do list were artists, educators, activists, Smithsonian employees, the first Chinese-American female dentist, and the African-American woman who founded the Black Fashion Museum.
To kick off the day, while enjoying pastries from local baker, Frenchies, participants learned about African-American archival and library collections at the Smithsonian and the U.S. National Archives. Following that, a fellow volunteer showed new Wikipedians how to edit and create articles. After an amazing banh mi lunch from a local Asian restaurant, Maketto, participants worked together to write and edit articles. Our food and coffee were generously funded by Wikimedia DC and it was wonderful to have so many long-term Wikipedians to help the new folks out.
Six new articles were created:
- Claudine Brown, Smithsonian Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, who passed away just days before the event.
- Faith Sai So Leong, the first Chinese-American female Dentist
- Edith T. Martin, Artist and museum curator
- Vaino Spencer, the first African-American woman to be appointed judge in California
- Toyo Suyemoto, Japanese American poet
- Grace Lincoln Temple, an interior designer who worked on the Smithsonian's children's room and many other federal buildings including the White House (she is not a minority, but a staff member had been researching her.)
In addition to that, thirteen articles were improved. It was wonderful to see our archivists and librarians helping participants find resources for their articles, and there was a happy buzz in the air.
My favorite comments on Twitter about the day are below. It is indeed empowering to write deserving people into history. There is a lot of work to do in that aspect, so join us as there are a lot of great resources to help you get started!
— *like the bird* (@Ravon_Ashley) March 19, 2016
All the pictures of the day can be found here.
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