Category: General

May 23

Introduction

I am a high school history teacher in Prince William County, Virginia.  I’ve taught World and American histories, as well as American government.  I got my bachelors from Old Dominion University, and I earned my masters from George Mason University, both with concentrations in history.  I am currently in the Digital Public Humanities Graduate Certificate …

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Apr 06

Landscape and DPH

Digital Public History has allowed so many different collaborations between technology and history.  For example, with the advent of smart phones and portable technology, museums and public history projects can create applications to enhance the visitor experience.  They can create interactive exhibits with the technologies available.  A personal example of this is from the Salvador …

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Mar 30

Oral History: Place in Public History

Oral tradition is the foundation for tracking history.  When people started coming together and sharing their stories, that was the beginning of oral tradition.  We can see the effects of oral tradition throughout history, but most notably with the sharing of religions and similarities between different oral versions, before writing became common.  Fast forward a …

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Mar 16

Challenges of Local or Community History

Local or community history examines a certain area through a focused lens.  For example, a local history museum looks at a geographical area and then decides how they want to portray that area.  It could be examining personal stories and anecdotes, or it could be focusing on a specific set of artifacts for an area. …

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Feb 25

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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Feb 24

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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Feb 24

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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Feb 11

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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Feb 10

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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Jan 27

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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