Remembering Rondo | A History Harvest
The History Harvest model is a student-driven, community-centered archival project. In partnership with Rondo Avenue, Inc., the governing body of the Rondo neighborhood, we held at History Harvest in March 2016 and again in April 2017. The Rondo community is a vibrant, majority African American community in St. Paul, Minnesota that was intentionally bifurcated by the construction of I-94 in the 1960s to create a diaspora of the community. The artifacts and oral histories in the archive represent the stories and items still important to the community members there.
Map of Historic Rondo Businesses
In the Spring 2017 semester, I taught an archives course that again partnered with Rondo Avenue, Inc. to develop a map of the historic businesses in the Rondo neighborhood. Students used our brand new microfilm scanner (Sir Scans-A-Lot, acquired through a generous grant from the Minnesota Historical Society for this purpose) to mine the business ads from historic newspapers that served the community. With my guidance, students selected their technology (ESRI Storymaps Tour and Journal), organized all their ad files, and generated the map. While I currently host the map, it will soon tranfer to rememberingrondo.org. This project has also been donated to the Ramsey Country Historical Society.
In Spring 2018, I will be teaching two digitally-driven courses. The first will continue partnering with Rondo Avenue, Inc. with an eye toward using the map as an entry point to oral histories in the community, with an eye toward contributing to a tour app under development at RAI. In the second course, students in the course will use digitized homestead records to conduct individual research projects into the history of homesteading. All students will contribute to communal data and a network analysis of witnesses in our chosen township, but will produce individual projects based on their own research interests. This is a continuation of my research for Homesteading the Plains.
Homesteading the Plains
The Homesteading the Plains Digital Project is a companion site to Homesteading the Plains: Towards a New History (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), a co-authored manuscript (with Richard Edwards and Jacob K. Friefeld). The purpose of the site is to make our data available to future researchers, and provide an interactive component to the socio-legal network visualizations of rural Nebraska homesteaders and the associated maps.
The Artistic Legacy of Buffalo Bill Cody
In the Spring of 2011, Carleton College Professor Emeritus Robert E. Bonner wrote an article for Montana: The Magazine of Western History called "'Not an imaginary picture altogether, but parts': The Artistic Legacy of Buffalo Bill Cody." Given the breadth of Bonner’s research and the visual aspects, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West hired me to turn the extended version of his article into a digital gallery and repository, including audio from an interview with Bonner about the individual artists and their works of art.
'I shall be glad to see them': Gertrude Käsebier's Indian Portraits
This co-authored gallery and archive are the results of a collaboration between myself, Michelle Delaney (Director of the Consortia for the Humanities, Smithsonian Institution), and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. An expansion of Delaney's Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier, the site chronicles the life of Gertrude Käsebier, a photographer from New York City who formed lasting friendships with several of Buffalo Bill's Lakota performers and took unique studio portraits during their performance week in 1898.
Representing the Railroad
In the Spring of 2012, I interned on William G. Thomas, III's digital project, Railroads and the Making of Modern America. Specifically, I researched various representations of the railroad in Harper's Monthly and added them to the section "Representing the Railroad." To preserve the integrity of the volumes of Harper's, I scanned all the images with a Zeutschel. For several presentations, I used ImageFlow and HighSlide, and Andy Wingo created a harness to create a comparative gallery (an example of this is in the Käsebier gallery).