Rebeca Coleman

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Building Project Infrastructure

In planning for an online exhibit, the steps are extensive.  First comes figuring out what should be displayed in the exhibit.  Then assessing why certain things should or should not be included.  After that gets sorted out, playing with the design of the site comes next.  Within that, the creator must storyboard and plan, while …

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Rowing to Greatness: Project Proposal

Historical Context and Content Rowing is one of the oldest sports in America. The pinnacle of rowing achievement is the Olympics. The 1936 United States Olympic men’s 8+ (type of rowing shell) overcame all odds as a collegiate team and went on to win gold at the Olympics in Berlin. These young men fought incredibly …

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Target Audience Personas

Name: Rachel Jones Demographic: White, American female Mid-twenties Middle class Single, with no children Full-time Engineer, rows when able Descriptive Title: Working Adult, Missing Rowing Quote: Life can be pretty hectic at times. Rowing keeps me grounded. A Day in a Life Narrative: Rachel goes to work at her engineering firm every day. She works …

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Engaging Audiences

In an age of increasing technology-use, public history projects absolutely need to utilize a digital component. Opening up a project to a digital format increases the opportunity for users to access the collections and decide how they want to interact with the history. Some projects allow users to be more interactive, while others simply allow …

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Audience, Dialogue, and Co-Creation

As historians, I’d like to say that the whole reason that projects are created is so that they can be shared with others.  I’m more realistic in saying that they are partially selfish creations, partially for the audiences.  Historians don’t create projects in which they don’t have a strong interest.  That’s just the initial stage, …

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User Research Findings

Rowing is one of the oldest sports in America. The pinnacle of rowing achievement is the Olympics. The 1936 United States Olympic men’s 8 (type of rowing shell) overcame all odds as a collegiate team and went on to win gold at the Olympics in Berlin. These young men fought tooth and nail for the …

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The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

The exhibition “The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden” permanently resides at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. It also has a digital exhibition located on their website. Physical Site: “The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden” The physical presence of the exhibition is enormous. The exhibit occupies one third of the third …

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Evolution of Digital Public History

Digital Public History has evolved quite a bit over its history, starting in the 1990s with the advent of the Internet and moving through today with the rampant use of the Internet for, seemingly, every facet of life.  It began as simple websites, demonstrating text and some images of public history projects, but not allowing …

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“Whose Public? Whose History?”

Ronald Grele begged the questions “Whose Public? Whose History” What is the Goal of a Public Historian?” in 1981 and the questions are still struggling to be answered today. Academics, historians, analysts, and technicians alike all vary in their definitions of what encompasses public history and when it began as a field.  Some argue that public history …

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Digital Public History Introduction

So here’s a little bit of information about me.  I have my Bachelors in Arts in History from Old Dominion University.  I have my Masters in Arts in History, Applied, from George Mason University.  I am currently in the graduate certificate program for Digital Public Humanities at George Mason University.  My concentration in History has …

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