“Louis Gallo enjoys the look, feel and smell of history.
“An American Studies graduate student at Youngstown State University, Gallo, 26, formerly of Chester, began discovering the wonders of historical letters while taking a course in historical editing in the spring of 2012.
“The class introduced him to the prominent Sutliff family of Warren, Ohio, and the Sutliff Family Museum, which houses the family’s letters, papers and artifacts from the antebellum period. Gallo is now working as a graduate assistant at the museum on a project to digitize and transcribe all the family’s papers, many of which have to do with the family’s involvement in the anti-slavery movement prior to the Civil War.
“The majority of them have never been recorded or used by scholars. … It’s pretty much a treasure trove of letters that have never been looked at,” said Gallo, who earned his bachelor’s degree in history from West Liberty University. “You don’t get that many chances to record 170-year-old letters for the first time.”
“Now, Gallo’s work on the Sutliff family papers has earned him recognition by the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE), an organization for scholars who edit the papers of famous Americans. The association singled out Gallo’s poster presentation for praise at its 2013 annual meeting in Ann Arbor, Mich., in July.”
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