Teaching Preservation: Digging Out & Catching Up

Posted on: February 2nd, 2009 by Guest Writer 3 Comments
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On Tuesday, January 27, we received five inches of snow. On Wednesday, January 28, we received one inch of ice. And then later on Wednesday, we received another five inches of snow.

Sound fun? Welcome to winter in Ohio.

Unlike many across the country who were hammered by last week’s massive snow storm, we never lost power. What we did lose, however, was four consecutive days in the classroom. Oh darn.

Today, we’re back in school after digging out from our supersized weekend, which means that it’s time to pick up where we left off with our ongoing database project for the Good Hope Cemetery.

When we started, we were given 2,180 names, birth dates, and death dates for those buried at Good Hope. Between the two of us, it has taken about 13 hours to enter them into a spreadsheet document. To fight the boredom factor, we split the names up and turned the whole process into a contest. (One of us is winning by ten pages.)

Overall, it has been tedious, but the community will benefit from having a clearer picture of those who rests at the cemetery.

Oh, and if we disappear again for a few days at a time, check our weather forecast. Tuesday and Wednesday are already lookin’ a little iffy…

- Alyssa S. & Lynne M.

Alyssa S. and Lynne M. are seniors at Washington High School in Washington Court House, Ohio. This semester, they'll be working with their Research History classmates to document and preserve Good Hope Cemetery. Stay tuned as they share their experiences here on our blog and on their Flickr photostream.

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3 Responses

  1. PreservationNation » Blog Archive » Teaching Preservation: Databases, Transcripts & Prom

    February 10, 2009

    [...] probably remember them from their previous blog post, but Lynne M. and Alyssa S. are still busy organizing the Good Hope Cemetery headstone readings. [...]

  2. PreservationNation » Blog Archive » Teaching Preservation: Databases, Transcripts & Prom

    February 10, 2009

    [...] probably remember them from their previous blog post, but Lynne M. and Alyssa S. are still busy organizing the Good Hope Cemetery headstone readings. [...]

  3. PreservationNation » Blog Archive » Teaching Preservation: Looking Back at Lincoln

    February 12, 2009

    [...] new partnership with the Wayne Township Trustees and Good Hope Cemetery. Thanks to the hard work of Alyssa and Lynne, we are already off to a running start with our 2,100-name database, which will (among many other [...]