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Filson Friday- Transcribing Family Documents: Where to Start

Date: July 7, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Filson Historical Society (In-Person and Zoom Options)

Sponsored by Dinsmore Family Wealth Planning.

Free but registration required.

You find a bundle of family letters in the attic or have an 1800s diary in your desk drawer. How should you share that with your family or local history community? With more than a decade of experience in federally funded editing and publishing projects in print and online, Patrick Lewis will give step-by-step instructions about transcription, annotation, physical or digital publishing, and long-term preservation of historical materials. Whether you have a single postcard or a family archive, this program will give you the tools and knowledge to get started on your transcription project.

Dr. Patrick Lewis is the Director of Collections & Research at the Filson Historical Society and co-editor of Ohio Valley History journal. A Trigg County native, he graduated from Transylvania University and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky. He previously worked for the National Park Service and the Kentucky Historical Society and has won grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the James Graham Brown Foundation. Lewis is author of For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War (University Press of Kentucky, 2015) and co-editor of Playing At War: Identity & Memory in American Civil War Era Video Games, under contract with LSU Press.