When the Del Mar Historical Society put fliers up in area high schools hoping to get someone who might want to do a very tedious but important job, they never expected what they got. The job was indexing the famous ‘Del Mar Looking Back,’ and Kathie Jiang, a junior at Canyon Crest Academy who just loves history, said, ‘I can do that.’ It was a match made in heaven. Kathie and her father developed a system to go from the huge digital PDF version of the book to manageable portions that could be converted to an MS Word document and then indexed. This proved to be a very time-consuming project, but the last task — combining the indices from these manageable portions into one index — is nearing completion. During this season of giving thanks, the Historical Society is definitely grateful to young talent like Kathie Jiang. If you would like to help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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