Stacie Peterson is exhibitions manager and registrar at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been working for eight years to digitize letters, diaries, journals. They are from soldiers, sailors, and families during the First World War.
Today, the National World War I Museum and Memorial has found an opportunity to keep preserving history. A team of 16 employees who normally work in guest services are working from home to transcribe 10,000 pages of hand-written letters, journals, and diaries.
Some letters sound so familiar. “Like William Letts, who served aboard the USS Wyoming and wrote to his cousin in November 1918 that, “Yes the ‘Flu’ was pretty bad over here…””