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Veterans Day Transcribe-a-thon

Wednesday, November 1 at 11:30 am 4:30 pm

Explore the history of Sandy Spring through transcription! Transcribe original archival documents to help make these fascinating and important artifacts searchable and accessible to all. The theme of this Transcribe-A-Thon is Veterans Day! Participants will get to engage with letters and personal materials from known veterans in Sandy Spring history, as well as some military materials. Materials date from 1862 to 1947 and cover the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.

There will be two sessions over zoom from 11:30amam-1:30pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm. There will be a brief instructional demo on transcription at the start of each session. SSM staff will be on the call to help answer questions.

This opportunity is appropriate for ages 13 and up.  Many documents require the ability to read cursive in order to transcribe. SSL hours are available. Because this is a virtual opportunity, a parent or guardian must submit a permission slip to the museum. The form should be signed and returned to hmichael@sandyspringmuseum.org and can be accessed at the following link: Permission Slip_Transcribe-a-thon_11-1-23

For accommodation requests, please contact the museum via email or at 301-774-0022.

Please note the following guidelines for student service through live virtual platforms:

  • A student’s parent/guardian must provide the nonprofit with written approval of the student’s participation in the virtual platform prior to the student serving/volunteering.
  • Students must use personal/private accounts (not MCPS student accounts) to engage in the virtual platform.
  • Students will only engage with others under the direct supervision of a nonprofit supervisor. The nonprofit supervisor will be directly present in the virtual space (including any breakout sessions) at all times.
  • The nonprofit supervisor will initiate and host all virtual sessions. If the nonprofit supervisor is not available to initiate and host the virtual session, the session will not occur.
  • Virtual sessions will not be recorded.
  • Students should not share or upload any videos, pictures, or images of themselves, unless the nonprofit organization has obtained a signed form/waiver from the student’s parent/guardian authorizing permission/release.
  • Students’ email addresses/home addresses or any personally identifying information will remain protected and not shared.

Student participation in this service project is at the discretion of the student’s parent/guardian. The nonprofit organization is responsible for maintaining student safety and privacy at any time the student is interacting with the nonprofit and its clients. The nonprofit organization will determine the number of SSL hours awarded based on the evidence submitted. Parents/guardians should contact the nonprofit directly with any questions and/or concerns. This service activity is designed to be completed within the safety of the student’s home.


Wednesday, November 1
11:30 am – 4:30 pm
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860 United States
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(301) 774-0022
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