Remembering Birdie MacLennan, A Year Later

Last year, on this date, our wonderful project director and principle investigator, Birdie MacLennan, passed away. We are grateful to Birdie for all that she did to ensure the success of the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project. With thanks to her leadership and dedication to historic newspapers, we are now embarking on our third phase of newspaper digitization.

Birdie after a Chinese calligraphy lesson in Singapore two years ago. She wrote, “The character represents: Longevity, Life, Vivacity 壽 in the traditional Chinese script.”


Birdie was a huge proponent of the inclusion of foreign language newspapers in the newspaper digitization project. View our two foreign language papers below:

And, read Birdie’s blog post on the history behind the titles and tracking them down for the project.


Recently, the University of Vermont’s Special Collections purchased 1568 copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy in Birdie’s memory. To read more about the rare book purchase and to view additional images, visit this page.