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Green-Wood's World War II Project-Researchers & Writers Needed

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The Green-Wood Historic Fund

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Hi everyone,

Gabrielle Gatto here, Green-Wood's Coordinator of Public Programs. Our Ambassador program has a plethora of opportunities both on-site and virtually. This sign up is specifically for our WWII project as we are in need of researchers and writers. Below is a message from our Resident Historian, Jeff Richman, with more information.

Dear Ambassadors,In 2002, I launched our Civil War Project. Since then, we have identified 5,200 Civil War veterans--and each now has an online biography. See https://www.green-wood.com/2015/civil-war-biographies-introduction/ In 2017 we began researching World War I veterans interred at Green-Wood. See https://www.green-wood.com/2017/biographies-of-world-war-i-veterans-part-one/ And, just a few weeks ago, we started our search for World War II veterans who are interred at Green-Wood.In just a month, I have heard from almost 200 people about Green-Wood's World War II veterans. Sons and daughters, grandchildren, and neighbors have all contacted us with information and amazing photographs.Now we need to turn these leads, and this information, into biographies that will tell their stories and honor their sacrifices. You can help!I need volunteers to do follow-up research, after we have heard from a family member or neighbor, using the supplied names, life dates, etc., for Internet and ancestry.com searches. I have a few free ancestry.com subscriptions I can offer to volunteers for this research. Researchers should be comfortable online and have a desire to discover. You do not need to know how to do this research--step-by-step research instructions will be provided.We also need writers who will receive this research and turn it into a coherent biography, in the form we have been using since 2002 for such biographies, to be posted on the Green-Wood website.Please respond at jeffrichman@green-wood.com if you would like to volunteer, specifying how you would like to help and why you are interested.Thanks!-Jeff RichmanGreen-Wood Cemetery Historian

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About The Green-Wood Historic Fund

Location:

500 25th Street, BROOKLYN, NY 11232, US

Mission Statement

Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events.

Description

Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers, Green-Wood is a Revolutionary War historic site (the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what is now its grounds), a designated site on the Civil War Discovery Trail and a registered member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System.

On September 27, 2006, Green-Wood was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior, which recognized its national significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history.

After almost two centuries, Green-Wood is as beautiful as it was at its founding. But such historic beauty is fragile. Time and weather have taken their toll on marble sculpture, granite monuments, brownstone mausoleums, cast-iron signs and landscaped parkland.

Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events.

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WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Technical Writing
  • Program Management
  • Reading / Writing
  • Research
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Internet Research

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Time commitment is up to you-your involvement is as much or as little time you can afford to donate to us and the project.

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