Roman Bergner ’20 spent the summer digitizing and transcribing records from the St. Lawrence County Poorhouse, specifically those logged by a supervisor of this facility between 1895 and 1907. Roman’s work will connect to Dr. Mindy Pitre’s on-going Death in St. Lawrence County Project; Dr. Pitre, Associate Professor of Anthropology, will serve as the faculty for this summer project. Roman is working with Eric Williams-Bergen, Director of Research & Digital Scholarship regarding the digitization workflow and the digital platforms used to publish the records.
His work will include regular collaboration with the St. Lawrence County Historical Society. Through the project, he hopes to gain further insights into the workings of this early American social service agency and its people.