Join Louisa Trott, TNDP Project Coordinator, for a FREE Brown Bag lecture at the East Tennessee History Center this Wednesday: From Rags to Pixels: East Tennessee’s Newspapers from the 19th Century to Digitization.
Louisa will talk about the Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project and share some of the intriguing stories found in East Tennessee’s 19th century newspapers. Wednesday Oct 29 – noon East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville
More often than not, jokes in 19th century newspapers leave modern readers scratching their heads rather than splitting their sides.
The Victorian Meme Machine is a new project that will attempt to entice a 21st century audience into seeing the funny side of Victorian humor.
“A collaboration between the British Library Labs and Dr Bob Nicholson (Edge Hill University), the project will create an extensive database of Victorian jokes and then experiment with ways to recirculate them out over social media.” Source: British Library’s Digital Scholarship blog
As you can see from the article and photos above, I recently had the honor of meeting a man whose contribution to the world of newspapers and journalism is widely recognized not only in his home state of Tennessee but far beyond. Walter’s story is, thankfully, well-documented—a quick internet search will return several nice articles about him (for example, here)—so I won’t take up space re-writing it. I just wanted to share this article here as I think it’s a great image of our newspaper future learning from our newspaper past, and vice versa. I loved listening to Walter’s stories about his reporting assignments during World War II (he interviewed Tito in Yugoslavia!), his time at the Washington Post, and his ownership of the Harriman Record. The visit also gave me a chance to tell Walter a little about the newspaper digitization project.
Thanks to Greg Sherrill (TPA Executive Director and TNDP Advisory Board member) for arranging this visit.
The Library’s public websites (loc.gov, copyright.gov & others) will be unavailable from 7 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Congress.gov website will be available over the weekend of August 22-24. Data will be current through Thursday, August 21, and updates will resume on Monday, August 25.
On Saturday, Aug. 23, all reading rooms and research areas, Library Shop, Madison and Adams buildings will be closed to the public.
The Thomas Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 23. No food service will be available throughout the day, however the vending lounge in the Thomas Jefferson Building cellar will be open.
The Architect of the Capitol will be conducting essential maintenance on the Capitol Hill campus from Friday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 24, resulting in power outages that will require these closings.
Two new states will be joining NDNP in 2014 – Nevada and South Dakota – and there will be eight returning states: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.
Phase III will begin on September 1, 2014 — watch this space!
John Seigenthaler, one of Tennessee’s great newspapermen, passed away today.
Seigenthaler’s career in journalism and newspapering began when he was in high school. He devoted the rest of his life to the profession. Below is a very brief timeline of his career. For a detailed account of Seigenthaler’s achievements, see this piece in the Tennessean.
The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project is especially appreciative of the support Mr Seigenthaler gave the project in its early stages. Mr Seigenthaler provided a letter of support for the initial NEH award application, which helped get the project under way.
1940s – Editor-in-chief of the Panther, school newspaper at Father Ryan High School in Nashville
1949 – Hired as a reporter at the Tennessean
Late1950s/early 1960s – Seigenthaler became friends with Robert F. Kennedy, and later served in the Kennedy administration as chief negotiator with the Alabama governor. He was also US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s administrative assistant in the US Justice Department.
1962 – At the age of 34, Seigenthaler returned to the Tennessean as editor. Under his editorship, the paper won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting of the coal industry and the United Mine Workers.
1973 – Seigenthaler became publisher of the Tennessean
1982 – Became the inaugural editorial director of the new national, USA Today.
1989 – Named chairman, publisher and CEOof the Tennessean.
1991 – Retired from the Tennessean and USA Today. Founded the First Amendment Center.