Local History Education and Digital Media in Historical Societies (or I haven’t come up with a catchier title yet)

Cultural institutions, archives, and museums have often incorporated educational initiatives into their mission statements and organizational activities. The dissemination of these resources in the teaching of history, however, has changed with the proliferation of technology and digital media.[1] More and more, these organizations are offering educators online lesson plans, access to digitized collections, and interactive […]

What TripAdvisor Says About America

Background Bizarre, contentious, and extremely popular, Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been etched into the U.S. identity since it’s construction in 1877. According to the official site, it “[symbolizes] the ideals of freedom and democracy.” The National Park Service’s page for the memorial features this quote from Rushmore’s architect Gutzon Borglum: The purpose of the […]

Memory and Materiality: An Examination of Dear Photograph

On January 13, 2014, the Tumblr based blog, Dear Photograph reached 150,000 followers. Although the site has not been updated since last fall, its first three years of use provide a wealth of material I will use to examine how people interact with the past, form memories, and view materiality on the web. The blog of […]

Text analysis of the Diary of Jacob Engelbrecht

For the print project I propose to perform text analysis on the diary of Jacob Engelbrecht which is owned by the Historical Society of Frederick County.  I propose using MALLET, Voyant and WordSeer to discover which of these tools work best with the diary and to gather what information I can through analysis of the […]

Crowdsourcing Culture and Implications for Professional Labor

The 2013 New Media Consortium Horizon Report, Museum Edition, identifies crowdsourcing as a digital topic on the near horizon, which the report defines as within a year or less of wide-scale adoption by a significant number of museums and cultural institutions. Indeed, 2013 appears to be the year that crowdsourcing really took off in the […]

Obsessive Nostalgia and the World Market: a project proposal

In this paper, I am going to examine the how a global marketplace of internet consignment retailers is redefining, manipulating, and exploiting the idea of “vintage.” Fashion has long been a window into the values of an age (see Drew’s blog last week about the costumer) and the new niche market of internet consignment – […]

My Print Proposal = Reviewing Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

My print project proposal involves reviewing the new game Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery, in order to assess learning goals and outcomes by mainly using the rubric of learning principles as enumerated by James Paul Gee. Though Gee has thirty-six principles of learning that he applies to video games, I propose to use approximately […]

Communicating Design, Or this Post Would Be More Visually Appealing With Some Images

As historians, when doing research, don’t we just yearn for some sort of source material that will explain why someone made a particular choice or help us understand why an event unfolded as it did? Documentation in the form of various deliverables is the historical source material that helps us understand the design choices that […]

Make it Innovative, Make it Intelligible, Make it Accessible: Designing Successful Digital Projects

This week we’re learning all about digital projects, particularly how to design, develop, and implement web projects that engage with and benefit the humanities. This is a rather daunting task. Organizations like the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), however, which award annual grants to support digital humanities projects, provide simplified directions for project proposal […]