Burnsville's Attic: A Wiki for Burnsville

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The twins Edna and Earl Holman in about 1915. Children of Herrman, who came to the U.S. in 1882 from Germany, and Ella, who came from "back east." The Holman farm is listed in the 1916 Farm Directory

So what is a WIKI and how did Burnsville get one?

The best answer is taken from the most famous Wiki, which millions of us use every day: Wikipedia

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The online encyclopedia project Wikipedia is by far the most popular wiki-based website, and is in fact one of the most widely viewed sites of any kind of the world, having been ranked in the top ten since 2007. Wikipedia is not a single wiki but rather a collection of hundreds of wikis, one for each language. There are at least tens of thousands of other wikis in use, both public and private, including wikis functioning as knowledge management resources, notetaking tools, community websites and intranets.
So Burnsville's History Wiki is one of these thousands of "other" Wiki resources.

The most powerful feature of the Wiki is its searching capability. Try it and see!

You should know that our wiki software (MediaWiki) is "open source" meaning free for us to adapt and use. So why do we ask for your financial support? Although no BVHS volunteer is paid, there are expenses and we do have a wish list. For example, we are using borrowed equipment and long to have our own computer, if just to hold our 3 terabytes of digital archives.

We will be adding articles to this online resource and you can too. If you have a submission, or an idea for an article, please contact us by email!