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Gothic Handwriting Instruction to be offered at St. Thomas & St. Croix PCCs by Rigsarkivet (Danish National Archives)


Gothic Handwriting Instruction
A five-session train-the-trainer course for Virgin Islands
Researchers, Historians, Students, Scholars, Genealogists

danisharchiveslogoOn March 31, 2017, the Rigsarkivet (Danish National Archives) will officially release online for free access over 5,000,000 images of digitized historical records of the Danish West Indies. Many of these documents are written in 19th century Danish Gothic handwriting that is difficult to transcribe, much less translate. To provide Virgin Islanders tools and strategies for meaningful research and interpretation, and to train a team of qualified researchers in each district in order that others might be trained and guided in these skills, each five-session course will provide the following instruction:

  • Basic techniques to decipher and transcribe Danish Gothic handwriting
  • Basic Danish language instruction with an emphasis on terminology used in Danish West Indian era documents
  • An introduction to Danish National Archives online finding aids, websites and search techniques for Danish West Indian research

St. Thomas-St. John
Monday, January 30, 2017 – Friday, February 3, 2017
viNGN Public Computing Center
Charles Wesley Turnbull Regional Public Library
Tutu Park Mall
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

St. Croix
Monday, February 6, 2017 – Friday, February 10, 2017
viNGN Public Computing Center
Florence Williams Public Library PCC
Christiansted
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Instructor:
Archivist Niklas Thode Jensen
Rigsarkivet

WHAT IS THE COST?
Funding and accommodations are being generously provided by the Danish National Archives, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, and viNGN. There is NO COST to participants.

ARE THERE PREREQUISITES?
You should be familiar with basic local history research techniques, and have basic computer and Internet skills.

SPACE IS LIMITED! WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO ENROLL?
Contact Territorial Archivist Susan Laura Lugo at 340-774-0630 or susan.lugo@dpnr.vi.gov for an enrollment form.

Enrollment Deadline: December 8, 2016
THOSE PERSONS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE COURSE WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION

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The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from a grant by the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia.The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

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