Ever wonder what it would be like to live — and eat — in the 18th century? Want to bust out your XML coding moves to preserve and study old books? If the answer is yes, join Christian Brothers University students from Dr. Juliette Paul’s “Restoration and 18th Century” English course, in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, for a “transcribathon” at CBU’s Crosstown Concourse location on Friday, November 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to transcribe and apply XML tags to images of one-of-a-kind, handwritten recipe books from 18th century England, while sampling delicious food inspired by the very recipes contained within the manuscripts and prepared onsite in Crosstown kitchens at CBU and Church Health. Get your tastebuds ready to sample some 18th-century-style German puffs, mince pies, “gengerbread,” pippen tarts, and more!
After being transcribed, the manuscripts will then be published online as an open access document that can be used by researchers and individuals alike. Participants do not need detailed knowledge in digital transcription (although that’s welcome too), since the hard work will be accomplished with an easy-to-use online transcription platform. Just bring your laptop — or a friend with one!