Thank you for the thoughts and organization! I am out of town on the 14th
and am in general pretty absentee, but let me know if there is anything I
can do on the teaching museum people about Wikipedia front.

On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM, Gaurav Vaidya <> wrote:

> Hullo hullo!
> On 19 Nov, 2013, at 7:14 PM, Todd Allen <> wrote:
> > At DYK. My suggestion for a hook is:
> >
> > Did you know that the first branch of the Boulder Public Library
> (pictured) was built in 1906 for $15,000 from a donation by Andrew Carnegie?
> >
> > Any other ideas?
> I think there's a link between the original funding of the BPL and Mary
> Rippon, possibly the first woman to ever teach in a state university (
> There was something about that in
> one of the books at the last meetup, but I unfortunately didn't start the
> BPL article until Starbucks. Another reason to meet again at the BPL, I
> guess!
> > On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM, Todd Allen <>
> wrote:
> > Also, we're about 300 characters away from getting the Boulder Public
> Library article on the main page DYK. :) If anyone can suggest some more
> references, I'll try to get it over 1500 and submitted.
> Woah! We'll be famous!
> > If we do end up doing the museum one I can bring two. My wife has said
> she's interested in going for that one as well.
> I spoke to a few people at the museum, and they seem quite excited by this
> idea! We brainstormed some ideas yesterday, and figure the most useful
> format for the museum might be a two-part event, in which:
>  1. Museum people show us around the collections, and then
>  2. Talk to us about the best way for them to contribute to Wikipedia.
> I think this sounds like a lot of fun, since this way it'll be pretty
> freeform: we'd probably start at 2pm in the public collections, to give
> people time to show up; at some point, we'll all move to the collections
> building and be shown around the collections. The goal here will be for us
> to suggest how those collections could benefit Wikipedia -- would we like
> photographs of the items in the collection themselves? What articles could
> we write about the items in the collection or the people associated with
> the museum? After this, we could have a normal editathon, or we could
> continue working with museum people on a particular item which catches our
> interest. Do you think that's a good way of organising this? Do you have
> any other suggestions?
> If everything goes according to plan (hah!), I should have some details
> finalised by early next week. Once that's done, I'm going to need your help
> in publicising this. I'll make sure a Geonotice goes up, but there was some
> talk of writing on the user talk pages of (1) anybody who's ever attended a
> local Wikipedia event, and (2) anybody in relevant categories ("Wikipedians
> interested in Colorado", "WikiProject Colorado members", and so on). If we
> can do a lot of that over Thanksgiving weekend, I think we'll be a good
> place going into December.
> An event page for Saturday, December 14 is up at
> --
> I'll update it as more details are finalised on the Museum's side, but
> please fix anything that needs fixing, and do e-mail me if I've messed
> anything up!
> cheers,
> Gaurav
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