Rediscovering History

There are plenty of people out there who find history uninteresting and boring… I am definitely not one of them. I was thrilled when I found out I would be spending the summer at the Ohio Historical Society. I grew up watching just as much History Channel as Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to rediscover my passion for history, in addition to making a contribution to a worthy (and shorthanded) organization.

As I have mentioned at our meetings, I really enjoy the diversity of my tasks. In the morning, I get to do creative work, while I do analytical and detail oriented projects in the afternoon.

When I arrive to the Ohio Historical Center in the morning, I spend my first four hours of the day attaching metadata to photos on the Ohio Memory website, which his run by Ohio Historical Society. (Metadata roughly is “information about information.” In this situation, it is the information about the Ohio Guide photos which make them able to be accessed by text searches.) The WPA had each state produce a book about the state. The book was part history and part tourism guide. The WPA employed many photographers from all over Ohio to take photos for the Ohio Guide. Although many photos were included in the Guide, there were many more that were not used. The Ohio Guide photos sat in boxes since they were taken (beginning in 1936) until recent years.

After lunch, I help the Information Services department. My typical work ranges proofreading simple HTML code to making suggestions about how to organize content on the Ohio Historical Society website. I have always had an interest in technology and computers, so I am grateful to be able to spend time learning about how to run a large and complex website.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile and shorthanded organization, while getting to learn so much.

Nick — Ohio Historical Society


In addition to hearing what I have been up to at the Historical Society, I thought people would also like to hear more about the unique building that houses the Historical Society. The Columbus Dispatch ran an interesting article on the Ohio Historical Center in yesterday’s paper. If you’re interested learning about the Ohio Historical Center, you should check out the article!

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