courses and workshops
I teach courses in public history, digital history, and the Indigenous and American West. Many of my courses are designed to have a digital component. They are featured below. For additional teaching information, please see my C.V..
Over the course of the semester, students in HIST 2064 created posts for our “Public History in the Wild” blog. In addition to learning to reading their environments like a public historian, students practiced writing concisely for a public audience, familiarized themselves with local history, and learned a content management system (in this case, WordPress).
Expanding the study area from my co-authored book, Homesteading the Plains, students in this course create a communal database of homesteaders from digitized records. In addition to reading some of the most compelling historiographical works, the students get an introduction to data visualization. They conduct both individual and group projects investigating well crafted research questions informed by their visualizations. Our current area of interest is Polk County, Nebraska.
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 have held three History Harvests in March 2016, April 2017, and March 2018. 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.
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) to mine the business ads from historic newspapers that served the community. With my guidance, students selected their technology (ESRI Storymaps), organized all their ad files, and generated the map. I donated this project to the Ramsey Country Historical Society on behalf of Rondo Avenue, Inc.