I’ve been working with Ford’s Theatre for the past year and this February they will open their new Center for Education and Leadership next door to the Petersen House. One project I’ve been thinking is one my boss seems to be throwing around. We’re going to be collecting user-generated web content, videos, comments, and I’d like to try to find an engaging way to collect and manage that content.
A second project I’d like to take a look at is public memory surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg, using comments and insights from travel sites (Yelp, TripAdvisor etc.) in addition to heritage sites (Sons of Confederate Veterans, Grand Army of the Republic).
I was also considering starting a blog that allowed new public history students and graduating public historians who want to work in education to come together and share ideas, books, job postings, and advice.