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Crazy idea: Documenting the Boston Common and the Public Garden on Wikipedia

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, April 9, 2009 11:11 AM
I had a crazy idea I wanted to do with Nerd Fun in the warmer weather... we document every single plaque, monument, or statue in the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden, filling in any gaps Wikipedia might have. We can somehow map out the location of each monument (Google Earth?), photograph it, and record the text of each plaque, creating our own entries in Wikipedia if need be. After, we can get down to brass tacks... who crafted it? Was it restored at any time? Who dedicated it? Was the dedication part of a larger social or political movement? What about the group that dedicated it? If we want we can even dive into newspaper archives to capture articles about the dedication ceremony.

I wasn't going to be doing this for months... I seem to have been hijacked by two Boston By Foot docents who have infiltrated our group last summer and I won't be released until I pass the Boston By Foot's Guide-In-Training program.

Feel free to talk about this under the topic: "Crazy idea: Documenting the Boston Common and the Public Garden on Wikipedia" that I am posting to "Nerd Fun - Boston - Non Event Related Discussion" at if you are interested.

... Heck! I would love to capture this information we find in a book or something, or crafting it into a web site. Not that it hasn't already been done before, more than likely.

-T.J. Maher, Assistant Organizer, Nerd Fun

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