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Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby Randy Hees » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:16 am

Andrew and I are discussing a small gathering to work on the Pacificng railroad pages. It would be in part a training session teaching some of us how to import and caption photos, in part a group work session with Google Earth to learn our mapping standards (so all the maps look the same) and if all works out well, we would collectively write a history of one railroad...

For the railroad we would have identified sources, traditional published sources, archival collections, photo collections, maps, random notes, then we would collectively work towards the site's write-up.

We may schedule it with a library day before. Bancroft at Berkeley is a possibility.

We are thinking about a late December date...

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Re: Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby r3feetr » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:49 am

Sounds like fun. May I join in?
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Re: Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby Andrew Brandon » Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:35 pm

I've got a list of agenda items to go over for our meeting. Included will be discussion of article standards, the PngES reports and mapping items. We will also cover the plan for the next year and a summary of what was accomplished this year.

Due to my work schedule (on-call, etc), I am only able to get out of town two weeks of each month. For me, the best weekend would be December 13-14. I will plan on heading down to the Bay Area for the entire weekend, so maybe we can have a group trip to Bancroft or something on the day before.
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Re: Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby Randy Hees » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:46 pm

Yes John, you were on the short list...

If we are going to Bancroft we should order some stuff in advance. They have the Graves photo collection, V&T (and therefore some Carson & Colorado etc.... and Arcata and Mad River...

Alternately we could go to SF Main and their history room. It would be good for Ferries and Cliff House and Union Iron works...

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Re: Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby Solomani » Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:29 pm

My jealousy abounds.

good hunting!
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Re: Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby r3feetr » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:33 pm

Dec 13-14 works for me. I have always wanted to "paw" through the Graves photo collection but have never gotten around to it. The SF Library History Room would also be of interest. The Sanborn Maps there should show the steam portion of the Ferries and Cliff House RR as well as the round house, etc.

Thanks for the invite,
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Re: Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby Randy Hees » Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:46 am

It turns out Bancroft and Stanford Special Collections are closed on Saturday... so we will start on Friday or look to SF Main or Santa Cruz...

John... if you ever want to come down from your mountain of silver we would welcome you...

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Re: Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby Andrew Brandon » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:48 am

I was able to locate what I needed from Bancroft online last night so my "need" to go there is less important.
SF Main and the library would be good. I still need to get a library card so I can get access to the newspapers they have digitized.
Looks like California Historical Society is closed on the weekends too, bummer.
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Re: Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby Solomani » Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:48 pm

Want is not the issue and I appreciate that you guys put the offer our here for folks to join in. Count me in for a trip in the future to leave all this silver behind for a hunting trip with Y'all.
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Re: Pacificng writing and mapping gathering

Postby Randy Hees » Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:19 pm

A quick report on what we plan on making a regular event...

Andrew and Liza came down Saturday... We headed to San Francisco in search of a funicular and the library... We started with lunch in Dogpatch, then explored a bit... We drove through the abandoned buildings of the Union Iron Works plant... We visited the site of Holman's factory, then drove by the site of the NPC San Francisco yard, then on to Bay Street... we found the Las Casitas tram... we spotted a couple of other finiculars nearby... We drove down Lombard Street, then visited the Cable Car barn and power house at Washington and Mason... after all the cable cars are 3' 6" narrow gauge.

We then headed towards the main library... and started to encounter people in Santa suits... or in many cases parts of Santa suits, for this was SantaCon... the annual Santa Claus theme holiday bar hop... Progress was slow... particularly along Polk Street... the sidewalks were full of Santas... the crossing walks were full of Santas... Santas were lining up outside of bars... there were Santas hanging out of bar windows... But we continued on... until we got close to Civic Center Plaza (where the library is located) only to find a demonstration... with crowds and police lines and several paddy wagons... It was soon clear that we were not going to be visiting the library this fine day...

We headed back to San Mateo, then on to the SPCRR Christmas party...

Sunday we headed back to the library, meeting Png author John Hall... we got library cards... and explored the offerings of the History special collections room, pulled a report on US Navy facilities for Jeff Livingston, and spent time discussing the site, standards for articles, and future projects...

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