Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Omeka and Pennsylvania History

Unfortunately no student chose to work on the Harrisburg Senators collection
Over the last week or so I have been doing a few posts on the Pennsylvania History course I am teaching this Fall.  Today I gave a lecture which I called "People in Pennsylvania Before William Penn."  We talked about the native populations in the region and the Dutch and Swedish presence in the Delaware Valley.  Thursday will be devoted to an "Oral History Workshop and a discussion of Donald Ritchie's Doing Oral History.  So far I am enjoying the balance in this course between content and the practical skills needed for doing public history.

Speaking of skills, the students have finally chosen subjects for their Omeka digital exhibits. Here are some of the things that they are working on:

At the Pennsylvania State Archives (Harrisburg, PA):
  • The Explorers Club of Pennsylvania
  • The Harrisburg Community Theater
  • The Society for Better Pennsylvania Libraries
At the Cumberland County Historical Society (Carlisle, PA):
  • Camp Michaux (CCC camp in the 1930s and POW interrogation camp in the 1940s)
  • The McClintock Slave Rebellion of 1847
  • The Underground Railroad in Carlisle
At Ye Olde Sulphur Springs Historical Society (York Springs, PA):
  • The Mademoiselle Club (A women's reading group dating back to the 1940s)
At the Messiah College and Brethren in Christ Church Archives (Grantham, PA):
  • The Messiah Home Orphanage
  • The Messiah College Solar Car
  • The Grantham Brethren in Christ Church
  • The Roxbury Holiness Camp Meeting
  • The Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church
At the Northern York Historical Society (Dillsburg, PA):
  • The Dillsburg Farm Fair
  • The Dillsburg One Room Schoolhouse
At the Dauphin County Historical Society (Harrisburg, PA):
  • The Paxton Street Presbyterian Church
I will be visiting all of these collections with my students in the next two weeks to get them oriented and then they will be conducting research on their own in preparation for their exhibit.  Stay tuned.