Here’s an outstanding new research opportunity for homeschool students from the Library of Congress.
If you have a history-minded homescholar in your family, take a look at this excellent site:
- 📖 Crowdsourcing the Library of Congress (crowd.loc.gov) — “Volunteer to uncover our shared history and make documents more searchable for everyone.”
The Library of Congress is inviting volunteer researchers (that means you and your homeschool students) to help transcribe important historical manuscripts, documents, and records so they will be more accessible in digital form. Interested in the pioneering nurse Clara Barton? Or maybe Mary Church Terrell and the founding of the NAACP? Or perhaps letters written to Abraham Lincoln.
Original scanned documents on these subjects are now available, and your task is to read and transcribe what they say. This is a great opportunity for homeschoolers to develop valuable academic skills, while at the same time making a real contribution to historical research (in the spirit of our River Houses Lunar Society). Take a look, pick a project, and before you know it your little home academy will become a research powerhouse. 🔍 ✒️ 📖
What treasures have you discovered in your library lately? 😊
❡ Books in the running brooks: The sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to several important online library collections that we like to explore. The WorldCat Library Finder (worldcat.org/libraries) will help you find all the libraries in your local area — there may be more than you realize — and the WorldCat catalog itself (worldcat.org) will help you locate the nearest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊