Humanities Event

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:00 PM3:00 PM
To celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, the Colored Conventions Project, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Transcription Center are gathering communities across the US and abroad to transcribe the Freedmen's Bureau Records. In collaboration with Mass Humanities, AAS will be hosting a gathering in Worcester to join this effort. Specifically we are inviting you and your friends and colleagues to the Goddard-Daniels House to help transcribe documents from the Freedmen's Bureau. The bureau was established by Congress after the Civil War to help formerly enslaved people transition to freedom. We will also participate in the live-stream of the entire transcribe-a-thon, featuring brief talks from historians and curators, along with a dramatic reading of a speech by Frederick Douglass. We will ask that folks bring their own laptops or tablets (we can provide a few laptops to anyone who doesn't have one). There is no special skills required, all training and instruction will be provided. Food and refreshments provided.