On Saturday, February 25, the Special Collections department of Hennepin County’s Central Library hosted an event uniting history buffs with the tech-savvy in order to increase the state of Minnesota’s presence on the user-generated encyclopedia Wikipedia. The goal was that those from the Wikipedia social circle who are passionate about democratic and expansive knowledge access would aid the historical experts as they jointly flushed out the aspects of the state’s past previously undocumented on Wikipedia.
Unlike Gabrielle Hamilton, author of the best-selling Blood, Bones & Butter and proprietor of a New York restaurant called Prune, I’ve never written a memoir. I’ve read a ton of them, though, so I get how it works. You start with a few basic facts about your life, grossly exaggerate them to make yourself sound more interesting, pretend you remember things that people said and put them in quotes, then arrange it all in a fashionably non-chronological order. How hard can it be?