Final Project: The Past That Haunts Us

Bryce Thomas

Hello everyone!

My Final project is a online exhibition on the history of ghost tours called “The Past That Haunts Us” that sought to explore the importance of ghost tours and their history. To create the project I used ArcGIS StoryMaps and it was much easier to use than I thought it would be. In my project I was able to explore how ghost tours interact with concepts like memory, place, and history as a field. I then used a combonation of words and visuals to create a slideshow exhibit.

One thing that suprised me is how easy it was to find sources for the subject of ghost tours. I also found that ArcGIS StoryMaps is easy software to use once you play around with it for a hour or so. I think the hardest part was narrowing down information into an exhibit and formatting some of the sources for the project but I think I figured it out. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I’m so glad that I was a part of such an smart and amzaing class as this one. So before I link my projects and leave I would like to thank each and every one of you for a wonderful semester and I hope I see you again in the fall.

My poster:

My Project is Linked here

One Reply to “Final Project: The Past That Haunts Us”

  1. Bryce, what a cool use of StoryMaps! I’m curious—have you seen any formal academic definition of what is and what is not a “ghost tour”? If, say, I tour a historic house museum and there’s one story about a ghost as part of the narration for one of the guest bedrooms, does that automatically categorize it as a ghost tour? I’d also love to see if there were any projects that perhaps tracked ghost stories over time—in particular, the same ghost story over time. Since so many ghost stories are continued through oral histories, and since oral histories can vary in reliability out of human error, I’d love to know if there are any academic findings over stories changing over time.

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