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Buffalo Soldiers Scan-a-thon

Innovation Hub
Washington, DC

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


We’re digitizing Buffalo Soldiers’ historical documents, and you can help!

Please join us for a Buffalo Soldiers Scan-a-Thon on Thursday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Innovation Hub at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

This event is part of the Innovation Hub’s effort to digitize pension files of Black soldiers (often called Buffalo Soldiers) who applied for military pensions based on their service in Indian Wars campaigns between 1866 and 1892. Learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers project.

During the scan-a-thon, you will help to scan pages from these records so they can be made available online. We’re hoping to scan 2,000 pages in one day!

At noon, learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers from Trevor Plante, Chief of the Archives I Reference Services Branch.

All you need is a National Archives research card (available on-site for anyone age 14 and older; please bring a photo ID). You don’t need to have any prior experience scanning records—we’re happy to show you how it works.

Email to reserve a scanning station (available in one-hour blocks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).


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