Time to Start a Blog

02 November 2008 12:00 AM CDT

Hello everyone!  I’ve decided to start a blog.  I didn’t really think that much about it, basically just decided to go for it.  Here’s what I’m thinking: I’m gonna use this space to keep a journal of my work on the family archives.  Even I forget what kind of work I’ve done or what I intend to do when it comes to the family archives.  I’ve decided to just start referring to the entire project as the family archives.  It’s just a lot easier than having to describe the audio tapes, the film negatives, the slides, the knick-knacks, coin collections, personal memorabilia, video and film reels, etc.  So, here at cityofthedes.tumblr.com I intend to keep a running journal of my work on the archives.

Today I spent a little time organizing family audio tapes.  I inherited a bunch of tapes of Emil and Ella Ekwall, Jewell Benson, Edna and Chris Nielsen, Ken Ekwall, Velma Lundstrom, and various Thede family (Larry, Laurie, Adam, Emily, and Rosie) tapes.  I’ve already digitized a majority of them.  However, I’ve still got a lot of computer work to do on the audio files before I can start putting them on the web or on to CD.  I’d like to clean up the audio a bit, and break the files into 10 minute segments (or shorter), or whatever makes the most sense for public distribution.

At the local thrift store I found an audio tape rack and 90 cassette tape cases all for the grand sum of about $12.  I’m really excited about the find, because I feel the tapes need some decent protection for storage.

Here’s a before shot:

Here’s the final product … I also decided to print out labels for all of the cases.

So there you have it.  Today’s work on the family archives.  I’m already looking forward to my next addition to the blog.