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Contributing to the MNHS Mission

By: Rebekah Bjork | December 13, 2019

Volunteer Phil has an abiding interest in local and regional history, and has visited many historic sites in Minnesota, including most of the properties administered by MNHS. Through his volunteer work at MNHS, he was able to apply his writing, editing, and photographic skills.

As part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) MNHS has participated in since 2007, we are required to submit a "title essay" to the Library of Congress, along with the digital newspaper files, for each newspaper title selected for digitization. For the 2017-2019 NDNP grant cycle we had 30 newspaper titles that required an essay! Phil wrote a 500 word essay on the American Jewish World newspaper, with a deadline only a few weeks away. He researched the title independently and quickly returned with a concise, interesting, and readable essay. It is not yet posted online, but should be available on both Library of Congress's Chronicling America site and MNHS's Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub landing site within the next few months.

Phil said “I enjoy contributing to the MNHS mission and the broader societal goals of preserving historic sites and educating the public about past lives and events.”


Information provided by staff supervisor Jillian Odland and volunteer Phil.