Japanese-Americans During World War II – Digital Mapping Project

My digital project utilizes Google Mymaps and will track several Japanese-Americans as they moved before, during, and after World War II. I have completed one person’s journey so far as well as much of the contextualization of life in the United States for Japanese immigrants, the outbreak of World War II, and internment. The purpose of this experiment is to bring to light the significantly varied experiences of Japanese-Americans. Many Americans are either ignorant of the internement that took place or believe that internment is the only defining feature of the Japanese-American experience.


The project has been more consuming than I had anticipated and therefore I will likely cut down the number of people that I intend to include in my project to three. I have chosen three people whose experiences represent the variety of circumstances under which Japanese-Americans were forced to live during World War II.


Here is a link to my map as it currently stands:



I will also include a substantial blog post to accompany these maps that will provide further context that is relevant to the unique experiences of each individual that I follow.


Along the way I have had to consider how to make my project more accessible, namely  which information to include and exclude. I have already considerably cut back on the number of points I have included on my map and the information contained within each. Further, I will refine the formatting on the map to include color-coded points and format my map into layers such that each person can be viewed individually. I have also had more difficulty in acquiring relevant photographs to accompany the text and will be unable to include one picture per map point as was my original intention.

Digital History Project Draft-Tracking Antisemitism (Procopio)

To visit a working version of my digital history project please follow this link: https://trackingantisemitism.tumblr.com/  It is password protected. If you would like the password please plan to take me to Gettysburg. After we visit said site, I will give you the password on edible paper. You must memorize the password and then eat the paper. Then you may access my site.




Just kidding…kinda. The password is: makeachange2018


As of 2018 there are only two websites that are home to tracking incidents of antisemitism. Anti-Defamation League audits antisemitic incidents over a twelve-month period and publishes it at the beginning of each new year.

The audit published by the ADL includes both criminal and non-criminal incidents acts of harassment and intimidation, including distribution of hate propaganda, threats and slurs. These are compiled by victims, law enforcement and community leaders and then is evaluated by the staff of ADL. The ADL has been tracking antisemitic incidents since 1979.

In the first quarter of 2017 (3 months) there was an 86 percent increase from 2016. In this three-month period there have been 541 antisemitic incidents which include: 380 harassment incidents, an increase of 127 percent; 155 vandalism incidents, an increase of 36 percent.

The second tracker of antisemitism is the AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization that documents incidents related to 3 rules: (1) Targeting Jewish students and staff; (2) Antisemitic expression; (3) BDS activity at high schools or institutions of higher learning in the United States. A majority of the criteria has been derived from the U.S. State Department’s definition of antisemitism.

This digital tracker will automatically put information into an excel spreadsheet that counts anything categorized as an “antisemitic” event or incident as pre-determined by the authors of the project. An alert will be set on the host site/server that inputs the information based on what is published on the Internet.

These sites of publication on the Internet can include news alerts from credible news companies: BBC, CNN, Fox, local news companies, etc. Incidents reported on social media sites will also be inputted-these sites can include Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

A major component of this website will be its ability to crowdsource. The most basic form will be google forms embedded into the website that will take the information submitted via the google forms and then put into an excel spreadsheet. The website will have to be monitored through an administrator as the definition of what counts as an antisemitic incident changes based on national level, state level, and personal level. For the purposes of this project, all incidents will be filed under the definition given by Yad Vashem-Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Digital Project Update: Fallout 4 Boston HistoryPin Tour!

Michael Toy
Fallout 4 Historypins Location List:
1. Concord Region
a. Vault 111
b. Sanctuary
c. Concord & Freedom Museum
d. Lexington
2. Westover Region
a. Graygarden
b. Fort Hagen
3. Natick Region
a. Crater of Atom
b. The Natick Region
4. Cambridge Region
a. Fraternal Outpost 115 (Brotherhood)
b. CIT Ruins
c. Bunker Hill
d. U.S.S. Constitution
5. Boston Region
a. Boston Public Library
b. The Old North Church
c. Vault-Tec Regional HQ
d. Swan’s Pond
6. South Boston Region
a. Diamond City
b. The Castle (Fort Independence)
c. Milton General Hospital
d. Gunner’s Plaza (Galaxy News Network HQ)
7. Quincy Region
a. Quincy Ruins
b. Spectacle Island
8. Boston Airport Region
a. Boston Airport
b. Libertalia
c. Croup Manor
9. Medford Region
a. Museum of Witchcraft (Salem Witchcraft Museum)
b. Salem

The goal of the Fallout 4 Boston HistoryPin tour is to integrate well-known areas of present day, real life Boston with the post-apocalyptic version of Boston presented in the smash-hit 2015 game Fallout 4. While the Fallout series has a history of choosing real life locations as the basis for their games (going all the way back to the original Californian setting of the original), technology and processing power have always been limiting factors in designing a map suitably large enough to accurately reproduce a real life location, and it is no surprise that this most recent iteration is the most accurate reproduction of a real location to date. That said, Fallout 4’s Commonwealth and the real-life city of Boston share far less than a 1:1 ratio; in fact, most of Fallout’s Boston exists on a 1:3 scale with its real counterpart. This ratio was the most manageable for reproducing much of Boston, though the ratio can get much smaller as one approaches the bustling urban downtown area, which in real life is many magnitudes denser than its post-apocalyptic reproduction.

Many of the locations selected for this tour are based on real-life equivalents or almost-equivalents: the CIT building, for instance, is located roughly where Boston’s MIT sits, and the CIT’s lore closely follows that of MIT until the present day. Similarly, The Castle is based on the real-life location of historic Fort Independence, and Fort Hagen sits roughly in the same area as the Westover Airforce Base in western Massachusetts. While sometimes Fallout creates its own names, frequently in-game locations are homages to their real counterparts and share similar, if not identical locations and lore. The Old North Church, for instance, exists both in-game and in real life as the location of Paul Revere’s historic midnight ride, though in Fallout 4 the Old North Church has since been acquired by the rebellious and nobly-minded Raildroad (an homage to the more figurative Underground Railroad); similarly, Bunker Hill is a famous stop along Boston’s Freedom Trail both in-game and in real life and houses many of the city’s famous shops and landmarks, though of course Fallout 4’s Bunker Hill is dominated by armed merchants who have set up an open-air bazaar on the hill. Though the majority of locations are based on or are related to real-life equivalents, some of the game’s locations are wholly the design of the Fallout programming team. One notable example of this is the curious location of the historic U.S.S. Constitution: though based on a real-life equivalent, the U.S.S. Constitution sits not in Boston Harbor but instead sits lodged in the side of a skyscraper after a failed launch by a reprogrammed tour guide robot who hoped to sail the ship out of harbor and find aid for the city. Ranging from the fortified bunker of Vault 111 to the underground CIT Institute laboratory to the raider-infested wreckage of a fictional ship, the U.S.S. Libertalia off the Boston coast, some of the most memorable sites in Fallout 4 are entirely fictional creations.

Owing to a limited timeframe and an audience with a short attention-span, this tour is designed to have 27 unique locations that spread across the map of Boston and includes many historic locations with real-life equivalents in-game. Aimed at children aged 9-15, the Fallout 4 Boston HistoryPin tour aims to endow the historic city of Boston with something that speaks to the kids’ true interests by relating the historic aspects of the city to something with which they’re relatively familiar and relatively interested. As many schools in the northeastern U.S. at one point or another take their middle schoolers on a school trip to historic Boston, the Fallout 4 Boston tour would help make such a fieldtrip as exciting, educational, and simultaneously relatable to the visiting children as possible. While touring the many historic sites to be found in Boston, children would be able to follow along in real time with the tour to see the approximate locations of in-game sites, towns, and artifact with which they are familiar, simultaneously reinforcing both the historical difference and the historical similarities between Fallout 4’s fictional Boston and that of the real city.

Project Update – Lukacs

This digital project, “A River of Parties,” uutilizies a close reading of a Smithsonian artifact. The purpose is to provide context to this unique piece and a little bit more history as well.

So far, the website has been constructed, and every post has a rough outline of the information being included. The information is meant to provide a general overview of the era, but a “Further Reading” page will direct viewers to sources for deeper dives.

Every post will have a zoomed in/cropped version of the artifact to focus on the era being discussed. The original intent was to have the image interactable. This may still happen, but right now its not a priority.

The site also needs some more context for the origin of the document, as well as links within posts to redirect and enable a better sense of exploration.

Most of the work that remains is filling in the posts with information, and tightening the design of the site. Any feedback or questions would be great!


Digital History Project Draft – Kristin Herlihy

This print project studies Google n-gram and Time Magazine Corpus trends of when key figures in American history and terms (ie freedom, independence, Constitution) were mentioned most frequently, revealing spikes during wartime and domestic disruption. The trends indicate, for the most part, a correlation between American values and historic figures, with the exception of the 1960s and 70s. A close reading of the 20th century reveals the context of the primary source documents and how historic figures and values were discussed and how they changed.

In writing this paper, I included classic founding fathers like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, but I also included figures from later in history like Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, and the two Roosevelts. The time frame also ranges from the 1800s until the early 2000s, so I wonder if this is too broad of frame. Would the project be better off cutting the requirement for people searched to only founding fathers and beginning the study in the 20th century?

If you are interested in reading the draft, below is a shareable link from the Google Drive to access the PDF. If you have trouble accessing it, let me know!