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Two PSU Students Travel to Washington D.C. for a Historic Internship

Jordan Boyd and Jake Letner traveled to the country's capital and had the opportunity to work with some of the most important documents in United States history.
PITTSBUG, KS.--- While most students take winter break to rest from school work, two Pittsburg State University students traveled to Washington D.C. for a historic internship. Jordan Boyd and Jake Letner traveled to the country's capital and had the opportunity to work with some of the most important documents in United States history. 

"Jordan and I have been friends for a while. We both our interested in history, so we both wanted to see the same types of things," said Jake Letner, PSU Student. 

The two Pitt State students traveled to Washington D.C. in December to intern with the Lincoln Archives Digital Project. The project started in 2002 and is run by Karen Needles, a PSU alum. 

"The goal of the project is to take all the records produced during the Civil War and the Lincoln Administration and digitize them," said Letner. 

For two weeks, Boyd and Letner scanned some of the most important documents in our country's history into an online database.

"Some of the records we did transcribe were some confiscated confederate pay roll records, and we actually held some original Lincolns," said Jordan Boyd, PSU Student. 

"You know see all the things that we just read in the history texts, it really came alive right before our eyes," said Letner. 

Once the documents are digitized online, researchers from around the world can access them.

"It's gonna allow future researchers and students to be able to see these records, because if we don't digitize them, eventually they could possibly be gone," said Boyd. 

Both students said this internship was an experience that will never be forgotten.

"It was an amazing opportunity and it was a trip of a lifetime," said Boyd.

"It just feels amazing. I feel like, though be it small, I did make a significant impact," said Letner. 

Both Boyd and Letner said this experience will help them in their respective career paths. Boyd wants to be a museum curator, while Letner wants to be a professor in history.
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