Please join us this week through December 9th as the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Field Book Project and Smithsonian Transcription Center host the #ManyHatsofHolmes transcription event at Smithsonian's Transcription Center.
William Henry Holmes was an important figure of the Smithsonian throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. He held many positions such as head of the Smithsonian Department of Anthropology and the director for the original National Gallery of Art (what became the Smithsonian American Art Museum). His interests in art, anthropology, geology and archaeology led him to a variety of careers. Help us transcribe the digitized volumes of William Henry Holmes’ Random Records of a Lifetime, 1846-1931 to discover more about his expeditions, adventures and his Smithsonian days.
During the next two weeks, we will dig deeper into his fascinating life and work through blog posts and encourage you with other volunteers to share discoveries with the #ManyHatsofHolmes hashtag.
In addition to encouraging the public to transcribe Holmes' Random Records, we'll be celebrating his 170th birthday on December 1st. We'll also take a behind-the-scenes look at his work in the Smithsonian American Art Museum with curator Eleanor Harvey on Friday, December 9th at 2:30pm via Facebook Live. Join us as we celebrate the life, work and many hats of William Henry Holmes!