Digital humanities are hard to miss (if you don't know what I'm talking about then shame on you!) At the moment USF has a number of Digital Humanities groups and initiatives: Tampa/USF Digital Humanities Group, the History department offers a 400 level course called "Introduction to Digital Humanities" and I believe the library is creating a … Continue reading Digital Humanities and William Byrd
This week I came across a Boston Globe article that reiterated the question , "Are there too many house Museums." The article argues that museums (the traditional "stuff and exhibit space" museums) are experiencing new found popularity and are stepping-up their game with new exhibits, wings and architectural wonders. House museums, on the other hand, … Continue reading How to Reinvigorate House Museums
It was recently brought to my attention that “Ruin Porn” is a thing –and a problematic one at that. I am no stranger to the draw of abandoned places, I recently found an abandoned Renaissance Fair, and I never pass up the opportunity to look at photos of defunct amusement parks or detailed architecture made … Continue reading Landscape: The Abandoned and The Haunted
Like many public historians, I read this season's copy of The Public Historian with long awaited enthusiasm. What stuck with me was a very small part in Amy Tyson's interview w/ Azie Mire Dungey, the actor in "Ask A Slave." The article touched on what it is like for African American women (more specifically Dungey, but it … Continue reading Making Small Children Cry at Historical Sites
This spring break I decided to temporarily put down Virginia folktales (provided by my past love—The WPA) and give some attention to the Library of Congress’s digital newspaper collections (I am going to make this very obvious, the federal government does great things for my education, WPA, the LOC, the grants and loans I got … Continue reading The Library of Congress & I (& also ghosts): A Torrid Love Affair
Part 1 I recently read James Oliver Horton, and Lois E. Horton, Editors. Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory, which is a bit outdated but creates space for good discussions. One of the main difficulties with portraying slavery at historical sites is the reality of physical and mental abuse inherent in slavery. … Continue reading The Tough Stuff is Still Tough Stuff : Slavery in Public History
Happy Presidents' Day! Over the summer while I was working at George Washington Birthplace National Monument (GEWA) my co-worker and I stumbled upon this fabric at the Joann's in Fredericksburg, and proceeded to make pillows, sexy, historical pillows. I, in all my wisdom, bought far too much fabric, which means my computer chair (see below) and … Continue reading Sexy Founding Fathers: Why Does This Fabric Exist and Why Did I Buy It?