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Women’s Rights National Historical Park to Host Digital Volunteer Transcribe-a-thon

Seneca Falls, NY — In recognition of 2020 and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Women’s Rights National Historical Park invites the public to participate in a virtual transcribe-a-thon through the Library of Congress to help build our available sources of research. From the safety of their own homes, volunteers will lend their hands to transcribing historical documents belonging to leaders of the women’s suffrage movement.

The suffrage papers are a part of “By the People,” the Library of Congress’ crowd-sourcing program begun in 2018. The program relies on the public to help make the Library of Congress accessible to everyone. The library has launched their “Suffrage: Women Fight for the Vote” campaign, including collections of documents from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Lucy Stone and others. Join our VIPs- Volunteers in Parks- as they help to transcribe these important historical documents virtually and help to build up the research database available to the public. Transcription can be done any time, but Women’s Rights National Historical Park’s Community Volunteer Ambassador Audrey DeAngelis will host a “Transcription Chat” each Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m through the end of May.

“In these challenging times it’s important to maintain a sense of community and work together even as we maintain social distance,” noted Acting Superintendent Andrea DeKoter. “We’re extremely grateful to our volunteers for all that they do and look forward to connecting with them virtually.”

Volunteers at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park assist staff in interpretation, visitor services, and behind-the-scenes work. For more information on future volunteer opportunities or to sign up for this event, contact Audrey DeAngelis at Audrey_DeAngelis@partner.nps.gov. You can also follow the park's social media sites for Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/womensrightsnps) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/WomensRightsNPS) to learn more about upcoming opportunities, exhibits, programs, and events.


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