Wikipedia:WikiProject Poetry/William Blake/KSU Editathon

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Welcome! On October 11, 2013 from 1-5 PM, the William Blake Archive and Kansas State's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will be cosponsoring a William Blake Editathon as part of the GLAM-Wiki cooperation with the Archive. For more information on what an edithathon is see . At the editathon, we will be working with Mark Crosby, an editor for the William Blake Archive and professor at K-State, to improve the content of several high profile pages related to William Blake's art and poetry. Also, we will have original print copies of Blake's illustrations of two other artist's works (Robert Blair's The Grave (poem) and Benjamin Heath Malkin's Father's Memoirs of His Child), and a small talk explaining the works by Mark Crosby. Wikipedians and Volunteers will be joined at the editathon by students from one of Crosby's classes who will be working on other Blake articles as a class assignment. Snacks and WiFi will be provided by the Beach Museum but please bring your own computers (a few extra laptops will be on hand, if you don't have one available). Editathons are great opportunities to meet other Wikipedians and to learn more about the dynamics of cultural institutions!


  • 12:30-1:00 - Arrive at the Beach Museum
  • 1:00-1:20 - Introduction from the Beach Museum and Brief Informational discussion from Mark Crosby about Blake and his materials
  • 1:20-1:40 - Introduction to Wikipedia editing- how to ad references, and create new content
  • 1:40-5 - Break up into groups to edit pages on the "Content focus areas" section, including occasional breaks to go explore the Museum
  • 5:20 - Possible retreat to Aggieville for dinner and/or drinks and good company

Getting to the Beach Museum[edit]

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum is located near the corner of 14th St. and Anderson Ave in Manhattan, Kansas. For directions and parking instructions see the information available on the Beach Museum's Webpage. We will be meeting in the UMB Theater, the large room on the East end of the building on the second floor of the Museum. Parking is free for visitors to the museum in the parking lot adjacent to the Museum, however, make sure to register the vehicle with the Museum at the Information Desk on the second floor. Their is also free public parking across Anderson in Aggieville.

We will be meeting on the second floor of the Museum in the large room on the East end of the building.


Please sign for which part of the editathon you will be participating in below with # ~~~~ which will add you to the list of participants! (Requires being signed in, to create an account go to: the Wikipedia SignUp Page)

In person[edit]

In person participants will have opportunities to interact with Wikipedia editors, Beach Museum Staff, and Mark Crosby from the Blake Archive. Snacks and Wi-Fi will be provided.

  1. Sadads (talk) 20:52, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
  2. User:Akbeeson
  3. User:Hixsongirl
  4. ~5-8 students from K-State Poetry Class
  5. ~ 5 Faculty and Grad Students from the English Department


Online participants will provide much needed review and followup on the articles. If you would like to help, and/or be digitally present during the event on Oct 11, please note it here.

  • Online --DThomsen8 (talk) 14:18, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I'm training at a clashing event in the UK earlier, but hope to look in, or tidy stuff aterwards. Johnbod (talk) 14:57, 5 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I don't have four hours, but I will translate parts of the article The Grave (poem) into Swedish during my lunch break. Jopparn (talk) 20:10, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
    • I published my translation a bit late - but in any case the article is partly translated into Swedish now because of this event. :-) Jopparn (talk) 23:42, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
      • No worries, every little bit helps! Sadads (talk) 19:53, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Without having access to the material or familiarity with the content I'll leave the content to those present and with knowledge, however I will absolutely review and provide markup assistance to the editors creating content. Also, these events occasionally attract unwanted attention from users who like to cause trouble and since I often patrol recent changes, new pages, and review revisions I'll make sure no vandalism slips through while productive edits are going on. I do wonder if these pages will be semi-protected during this time?cliffsteinman -- Discuss 21:47, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
    • @Cliffsteinman: I hadn't planned on protecting the pages, but if it comes up: I am an admin so can always turn people into Confirmed users. Thanks for monitoring, and I will make sure all of the articles we are working on are listed below, Sadads (talk) 15:42, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Won't be able to attend, but interested in future events[edit]

If you cannot attend but would be interested in hearing about future events in Manhattan, Topeka, Lawrence or other parts of Kansas, please add yourself to our invite list for the region.

  1. Already on the invite list, but would just like to note my regret that I will not be able to attend this event due to already-made plans. Hopefully I'll be able to make one in the future! Ks0stm (TCGE) 17:43, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
    Definitely would like to make sure that you come to the next one! I hope to do at least two (if not three) events next year at the Beach, Sadads (talk) 20:00, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
  2. I work normal business hours. Maybe next time! – voidxor (talk | contrib) 23:28, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
  3. Like voidxor, I'll only be able to make an event if it's held after 5:00 p.m. or on a weekend day. Spacini (talk) 00:21, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
  4. Thanks for the invite, but I have a job and cannot just take off. Would love to come and bring people to visit manhatten, also visit other things but a saturday or sunday would be good. James Michael DuPont (talk) 04:31, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
  5. Must pass too. Busy, busy time of year and I know very little about poetry. LionMans Account (talk) 18:50, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

Content focus areas[edit]

The following articles will be the focus of the editing event, because the event is sponsored by the William Blake Archive. Of course, Editathons are open events, if you have other ideas or would like to work on something other than those items listed below, that will certainly be fine! Go ahead and add those ideas to the list:

Works we have in person[edit]

Other Blake of interest[edit]

Beach Museum[edit]

  • Open table from the Beach's collection (more information coming soon)

Important materials for help[edit]


The group for the event was a little smaller then expected: as is often the case with academic communities, many people doing many things at many times. However, for an event that didn't draw many experienced Wikipedians (there are few in Kansas and the time of the week prevented attendence from that small community), we got a fair amount done. Beyond teaching 5 new editors how to edit Wikipedia and Wikisource, the volunteers got a chance to learn more about Blake's works and contributed to both Wikipedia and the Wikisource! The event was also one of the first times that the Beach Musuem has included outside volunteers in an active event related to the museum and it's community.

Pages improved
Users in attendence