For nearly a year
now, I have been working on a translation project for ALBA, the
Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. I have been translating the
online journal The Volunteer from English into Spanish. The Volunteer
is the journal of the veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade,
a group of American volunteers who traveled to Spain and fought
in the Spanish Civil War. The journal recounts stories of their
wartime experiences, supplies information about their lives since
the war, and provides updates about ALBA’s present efforts
to educate the public about the war and their role in it.
In recent years, calls have been made for this journal to be available
in Spanish as well as English. Muhlenberg College became involved
in this project after a visit from ALBA Chair Peter Carroll and
ALBA’s traveling photo exhibit in Fall, 2002. In Spring,
2003 the Advanced Spanish Grammar and Translation class translated
one volume of the journal, and this work has been continued in
subsequent semesters by myself and Melissa Stein, ‘04. Right
now I am working on translating the second full issue of the journal.
This project has been very rewarding and educational, affording
me the opportunity to hear stories and learn a history I might
otherwise not have known. I encourage anyone interested in working
on this project in the future to contact Dr. Erika Sutherland.
--Jessie R. Bergstrom, ‘04