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The Smithsonian Desperately Needs Volunteers To Help Digitize Records

Good luck. (Photo via the Smithsonian)

Looking for a way to give back to your nation in a way that doesn’t include paying too much on taxes or fighting in wars on the other side of the planet? Well, now there’s a way to do your duty to Uncle Sam in the era of slacktivism.

The Smithsonian is putting out an open call to the Americans of the Internet to help turn barely legible texts from the museum’s library into a pristine, digitally catalogued database. They’ve built a pretty slick in-browser app, and have worked out a system where anyone can come in and work on the transcriptions for as little or as much time as they want. Read More

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Turns Out Twitter Is a Pretty Decent Place for a Civil War Reenactment

(Kansas Humanities)

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is ongoing, but the actual commemorations are a pretty mixed bag. Gettysburg got not one but two reenactments in early July, but New York’s draft riots passed with barely a peep.

Well, Boing Boing reports that one group has an unusual means of marking one infamous, bloody chapter called Quantrill’s Raid: A reenactment on Twitter. Read More