Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/DC History

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The edit-a-thon will concentrate on a range of topics around Washington D.C. history.


Jennifer Krafchik, the Library Director of the Historical Society of Washington D.C., will conduct a behind-the-scenes tour of Kiplinger Library and the exhibit "Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at HSW."


Time Activity Location
10:00 - 10:20 Arrival & wireless account setup; Library Orientation At the entrance of Washington D.C. Historical Society (801 K Street NW / Washington, DC 20001)
10:20 - 12:00 New editor instruction and tutorials; experienced editors can dive right into the collections
12:00 - 1:00 Provided lunch
1:00 - 1:45 Behind the scenes tour of Kiplinger Library and exhibit led by Jennifer Krafchik. Kiplinger Library
1:45 - 4:00 Editathon led by Librarian Jennifer King


DC History meetup

Do I have to register to attend, or can I just arrive on the day?

There is space for up to 30 participants! Signing up in advance assures that we will have enough food for everyone and know how many to expect.

Do I have to be a member of Wikimedia DC?

No, this event is open to everyone.

What happens if I get hungry?

Lunch will be provided by the museum.

What should I bring?

  • A laptop. The Historical Society only has two public computers, and they will be available on a first come-first served basis.
  • Enthusiasm!

Can I take pictures in the exhibits?

Photography will not be permitted during the tour.

What material will attendees be able to access?

Event attendees are library patrons and are welcome to browse the ready reference material we have in the main reading room. You may also want to access our special collections, by searching the catalog and filling out a call slip; library staff will bring materials right to you! If you already know of specific items you would like to see, let us know below and we can have it pulled for when you get here. Please use call numbers from the catalog! ;)

Add your own questions here

Will we be permitted to photograph pre-1923 (i.e., public-domain) items held by the Kiplinger Library for inclusion in Wikimedia Commons?
For the purposes of this particular event, if it is clear from the public catalog listing and/or the item itself that it was created prior to 1923, then you are welcome to include images taken by your camera or smartphone. We won't be able to facilitate scanning. - HistoricalSocietyWashingtonDC (talk) 16:06, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
Do we have to commit to the whole event or can we still attend even if we can only come to half of the event?
You may come for as long as you like. If you need instruction, we highly recommend coming for the beginning of the program.- HistoricalSocietyWashingtonDC (talk) 16:06, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Basics on editing Wikipedia[edit]

  • Editing - The Basics has .pdf handouts and videos
  • Wikipedia Training, Includes a one-hour training for newcomers, and more extensive pages for teachers and Wikipedia Ambassadors
  • Wikipedia Tutorial is a hands-on approach that walks you through various aspects of Wikipedia editing

Sign Up[edit]


  1. Geraldshields11 (talk) 02:44, 17 January 2013 (UTC)- I need to use someone's laptop.
  2. chandler wiland...has own laptop...marking my calendar, as this is great fun and with like-minded folks!
  3. epicAdam(talk) 00:36, 19 January 2013 (UTC)
  4. ubiquity (talk) 13:44, 22 January 2013 (UTC) Have laptop, will travel (not to worry, just down from Baltimore)
  5. AbbyLiz -- will be editing for the first time [under supervision of ubiquity (talk)], could use a laptop.
  6. Andrew Kuchling (talk) with laptop, 23:33, 4 February 2013 (UTC)
  7. Flappable (talk) 22:09, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
  8. user:Slowking4
  9. Daniel Schaible [Count me in, and I have a laptop]
  10. Andrea Cheney
  11. Bohdan Kantor
  12. Gary Teal with laptop
  13. Maggie Ellis
  14. Julie Alderman
  15. Jeff Mattox
  16. Kwasi Agyeman
  17. BrianAdler - I will bring my laptop and my film & slide scanner, just in case.
  18. --DianakohnTP (talk) 15:45, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
  19. J. Mike Lindle
  20. Faith Fugar
  21. Sydney Golstein
  22. Joshua Lee - I need to use someone else's laptop.
  23. Diana Stephanie Lara - I will bring my own laptop
  24. Chris Scott
  25. Brian Lokker
  26. Cynthia (from MLK)
  27. Yingda Chen
  28. Craub (talk) 20:07, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
  29. Michelle S-H
  30. Mattie Wissing


  1. Andrew327 02:36, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
  2. Sounds interesting but I don't know if it will work with my schedule as of yet.—cyberpower ChatOffline 16:30, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
  3. Djembayz (talk) 00:44, 19 January 2013 (UTC)
  4. DocTree (ʞlɐʇ·cont) Join WER 21:13, 17 February 2013 (UTC) depending on RL obligations.
  5. applesauceeyes (talk) 19:07, 20 February 2013 (UTC) depending on whether we can come for only part of event
  6. Jason Spriggs chat 01:47, 16 March 2013 (UTC)
  7. CyMoahk (talk) 03:36, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
  8. User:Carolmooredc Have to see if other commitments arise first thing in am.

Participating Remotely[edit]


  1. --EEMIV (talk) 13:40, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
  2. Econterms (talk) 12:05, 9 March 2013 (UTC) -- with much regret, but I am hosting visitors then and can't join in
  3. Trevormunoz Unfortunately can no longer attend
  4. will be on the road Smallbones(smalltalk) 16:32, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
  5. Jerrel Catlett Was unable to attend due to family emergency, but will edit Snows Court entry with complied research.

Articles to Work on[edit]

List of DC history articles needing improvement (or creation)


Votes for Women Parade flowers, Historical Society of Washington, D.C.