In order to build an accurate picture of each officer’s life, the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project relies on volunteers and community members to share information and photographs and to assist in researching each of the 1,100-plus men who were involved in the strike. The information gathered will be shared with the world on the 100th anniversary of the strike, September 9, 2019.
Here are some ways you can participate:
Potential volunteer researchers may enroll in a free, self-paced online course to become adept at the Project’s method of documenting biographical research and learn the ins and out of filling in the Project’s “Bio Worksheet”.
Upon completion of the course, some participants may elect to continue on as a Project Volunteer. In that case, we would send you a test worksheet to fill in and submit. Project staff will check the worksheet and if all is well will assign you your first striker to research as an official Volunteer. (If you have problems with the test worksheet our staff will give you some pointers and let you try again.)
As a Volunteer you would then carry on working at your own pace, contributing time and research as your life and schedule permit, emailing completed worksheets to us as they’re ready and receiving new assignments as often as you like.
One worksheet or dozens of worksheets – every little bit counts! Click here to enroll in the training course!
(Already enrolled? Then go to openeducation.blackboard.com to work on the course!)
2. Share a Photograph of a Striker!
We hope to locate at least one portrait photograph of each striker to include in the biographical encyclopedia to be unveiled on September 9, 2019. Do you have a photograph of a friend or relative who participated in the strike? Click here to upload their photo!
3. Share a Story with the Project!
Community and family members of strikers sometimes have important stories about the strike and the strikers that cannot be found anywhere else. We welcome your contributions, which will help to better document the lives of those who experienced this dramatic event in Boston’s history. Click here to share your story!
4. Share Existing Research with the Project!
Have you already collected factual information (dates, names, locations) about a striker’s life? We welcome contributions of biographical research to help us document each striker. Click here to share your research!
5. Subscribe to our Mailing List!
This site will provide ongoing information about the status of the Project, volunteer opportunities, and Project events (including the big centennial commemoration event to be held on September 7, 2019 at UMass Boston). Subscribe to receive related updates and content. There may be a few postal mailings as well. Add your e-mail in the box to the right –> to stay in touch!