As some of you may or may not know, I have been doing research on the Truxton Circle part of Shaw looking at the 1880-1930 census. It's been a hodge podge job, where I do a little here for this census year and then do a little there for another census year.
Well I lost about a couple of days work of the 1880 census. I remember having it. So now I'm pissed at myself.Fast forward nine years and there is TruxtonCircle.org, where TC residents can see various maps of their block as well as downloading their block's census data from 1880-1940. I had participated in one of the DC Humanities Council's House History workshops earlier this year and one of the participants was from the TC. So for him, the work had already been done.
How I'm culling the census is super labor intensive. As I get annoyed with the long dead residents of Truxton Circle, I am collecting house by house info. I find mutli-generation houses a chore. I find houses with many boarders a pain. People with kids, bah. I like hermits and lonely widows, and old couples who live alone. I also dislike big blocks where the houses are small and plentiful, like all the blocks between Q and N, North Cap and 1st. Now work for at least 1/2 of one of these blocks is gone.
Subject matter wise, I am discovering heavy pockets of Irish & German immigrants and 1st generation Americans. It will be cool when I can plug all this data into a computer and see demographic patterns shifting.
Well I'll have to do some of the transcribing again, and do a better job of keeping up with my stuff.
The Humanities Council asked me to participate in their on-line auction. For a minimum bid of $175 (so far no one has bid on my thing) I'll give a lesson, one-on-one to up to a group of 20 neighbors on how to get something similar for their block or neighborhood. I imagine it to be part mini-lecture and mostly tutoring to make sure everyone understands completely. Unlike a workshop, I can work with individuals, see what work they've done already, answer questions specific to their needs and challenges. So please check out the Humanities for Sale Auction at this link and please bid (or find someone to bid) on my neighborhood history lesson. Auction ends October 15th.