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Portfolio Blog Post #2

New technologies and methods within Public history have begun to influence the creation of digital history projects. There are many ways that people can engage with history on the internet now. Public historians are starting to establish their digital presence. Some of the new methods of engaging with the public include social media platforms and blogs.

Social media has become incredibly important for public institutions. It has allowed museums to promote their newest exhibitions and upcoming events to entice visitors. The type of museum will influence which social media platform is best to display their information. An art museum might be interested in using a more visually appealing platform such as Instagram. An example of a project creating an Instagram account is Baltimore’s Chicory Revitalization Project. ” The page is used in ways similar to that of Instagram poets in that it allows users to directly access poetry—as both art and historical evidence—and individualize their experience with it.”[1] This digital history project has provided a unique, museum-like experience for all visitors of their account. I believe that is an important goal for digital public historians to achieve. 

Another new platform for digital public historians is blogs. Although blogs have been around for quite some time already, they appear to be making a come-back. Blogs can provide more content for a museum than a social media page. “Blogs also offer a museum with a website a valuable way to reach a wider audience through search engine optimization and, in particular, a blog’s inclusion in Google search.”[2] Museums and other public institutions can use blogs to engage more directly with users and can allow them to engage with each other. The connection between the institution and its visitors paves the way for relationships between visitors. 

I also believe that Covid-19 played a role in this transformation. It is more important now than ever for museums and other public institutions to have a digital presence. Due to the nature of Covid, people needed to stay inside and limit contact with other people. The creation of virtual tours and other digital engagements allowed museums to stay in contact with visitors. 

[1] Sydney Johnson,  “Doin’ It for the Gram: How Baltimore’s Chicory Revitalization Project Uses Instagram to Engage the Public.” National Council on Public History,

[2] Bomboy, Scott, and Rebecca Sherman. “Success Strategies for Engaging Audiences with Museum Website Blogs.” MW2014: Museums and the Web 2014. Published February 24, 2014


My Digital Project

Project Update #4

My digital project is finally coming together. I finally decided on a name for both the podcast and the first episode. My digital project is called “Resident Rascals” and my first episode is titled “D.C.’s First It Girl.” I am confident about the episode title but unsure about the overall title.  I have solved many of the issues I expressed in previous project update posts. Realistically, I believe I only have a few tasks left to complete. In total, I have three jobs left to finish. The first is tweaking the script here and there. I am currently working on recording and editing my first podcast episode. The episode has kept a consistent run time of 30 minutes during each recording session. I have also decided to try and create my little theme song/ instrumental for the very beginning and end of the episode. I have been tinkering with Garage Band for this element of my podcast. When a podcast has a theme song or little tune at the beginning of the episode, it is a good judge of the content and topics contained in the episode.

Another task I am in the middle of working on is my Omeka site. I have not made changes or edits to the physical website, but I have collected the articles I would like to provide. The research consisted of the materials used for the podcast and any source that I thought was interesting. Once the script is complete, I will place it on the website. I believe my Omeka site will pair nicely with my podcast. It will be a starting place for those who may want to learn more information about the topics discussed in the podcast.

The last task I have to complete is setting up my project’s social media account. I have decided to create an Instagram account for my podcast because I have found that the Instagram pages for podcasts have more attraction and engagement than their pages on other platforms like Twitter. I will be posting updates on current and future episodes and polls and questions for users to participate. I will post images and videos that express the topic of an episode and behind-the-scenes footage. I believe this online presence will help facilitate and grow my audience.

My Digital Project

Project Update #3

My digital project has been going swimmingly! Although I have encountered issues, I have made progress with the tools at my disposal. Also, the advice from Professor Mills Kelly has helped tremendously. His advice has also made me feel comfortable with the amount of progress I have made within my project. While it is nice to discuss progress, my project is not close to being finished. Taking the advice seriously from Professor Kelly, I have begun working on my focus sentences. Some have been easier to define than others. I decided it would be best to create one focus sentence for the overall episode and sub-topic sentences for each topic. I made progress in the creation of the sub-topic sentences. However, I have been struggling to create my main focus sentence. The focus sentence is the main goals and summary of what I would like to achieve in this podcast. I will fix this by simply spending more time with the material featured in the podcast.

I have also been considering different ways to use my Omeka website for this project. I think it would be helpful to create collections for each specific person discussed in an episode of the podcast. These collections would include the primary sources used in the podcast, the episode’s script, and other outside links. This action would extend my project’s audience. Some people who may suffer from disabilities would still be able to interact with my work. One thing that has been incredibly important to me is figuring out ways to include as many people as I can within my project. I believe that adding these elements to my Omeka website will expand my audience and help engage listeners.

Professor Mills also suggested locating a “moment of delight” within the episode. A “moment of delight” would be something a listener remembers from the podcast, something worth sharing with a friend. I think this is a great idea! There needs to be something interesting within the podcast that gets people to talk about it. Creating a “moment of delight” will be my next task.


Clio Review

The project I decided to review was Clio. I chose this digital project mainly because I had difficulty finding one about my current location. Clio is a digital history project that provides the public with the locations of historical sites. These guides include a summary of information about the landmark, museum, monument, etc., and directions to the site. Visitors can engage with unique features on the site, such as the “time capsule.”  This element on Clio where the public can provide information about the History they have witnessed. Users can also create tours for specific locations in their area.

Clio uses an abundance of place-based techniques to create user engagement. They have a variety of tours that appear based on the user’s location, including walking, driving, heritage paths, hiking, virtual tours, and story maps.  Directions are provided to the user to guide them within their experience. Clio encourages users to discover the History that is present inside and outside of their location.

Clio encourages placed-based history theory. The place-based theory is the idea of learning within your immediate location. This encouragement offers the idea that you do not need to be in the classroom or a museum to interact with History. Clio also uses various links associated with chosen tours to allow users to continue their research and interests. The digital project Clio is incredibly useful for educating through experience.


My Digital Project Uncategorized

Progress Update #2

My digital public history project has been making progress! Some of the difficulties that I encountered last week have been resolved. The first of these issues was the script. Since last week, I have decided to limit unscripted conversations. Although it could be entertaining, it took away from the primary focus of the podcast and extended the length of the episode. The primary target time for a podcast episode is thirty minutes. This has been a huge challenge for me not only because of unscripted conversations but also because of the numerous details of Alice Roosevelt Longsworth’s story. It is difficult to pick which details are excluded from the conversation. This is an issue many in the field of history face, minimizing content without taking away from the overall narrative. I think many historians share the same discontent I feel when having to minimize details.

As of right now, I have not made progress on gaining access to certain primary sources. If this continues to persist, I think my only option is to include top-tier secondary sources. However, this could lead to an addition of unnecessary biases.

Another problem I am having is with the tool Audacity. I am not having any major problems with the software. However, I have been struggling with clearing all of the background noise. An easy solution for this problem is a change of location. Also, I believe that if I watch more tutorial videos concerning Audacity usage, this problem will be solved.

Lastly, I still have yet to create a name for the podcast and the episode. This problem is not close to a solution. While I am closer to picking a name, nothing has been set in stone. I have decided that I would like the episode titles to correlate to the overall title of the podcast.

Public Domain Sources Tools

Oral History Segment

This is an annotation of an Oral History segment. The interviewee is Dr. Spencer Crew who is a professor of history at George Mason University. The interviewers, Emily Curley and Robert Vay ask Dr. Crew to discuss his previous work and his personal teaching technique. When collecting the metadata for this oral history segment, it reminded me of my previous experience collecting metadata for photographs. This was my first time collecting metadata for an interview and like gathering metadata for photos, we gain a fuller perspective of the context, reason, and importance of the data.

Interview Metadata

My Digital Project Uncategorized

Project Update

My digital project is slowly but surely coming together. Although I have made significant progress in the depth of the topics discussed and the level of engagement with the listener, I have had a few setbacks. To separate this podcast from being purely just about gossip, I have restructured the way I discuss certain topics. I will achieve this by discussing how Alice Roosevelt’s certain actions lead to very successful consequences. This would be in terms of her personal life and political life. Other problems I have encountered include locating primary sources. My first episode will be on the life of Alice Roosevelt, so I have been searching for various letters, diary entries, etc. The issue I have been encountering is gaining permission/access to these documents through the Library of Congress and the National Archives. To move forward with this issue, I have sent request forms to receive access to these documents. So hopefully, this problem will be solved sooner than later. I have decided to have a co-star in my first episode, which is my roommate. She has a background in politics, international relations, and law. I think that she would be a good addition to the podcast because she is a member of my target audience. However, it has contributed to the issue of the length of the podcast episode. The ideal time length for a podcast episode would be thirty minutes. I have tried to condense the information as much as I can without taking away from the main message of the episode. I have also struggled with limiting conversation throughout the episode. To move forward with this problem is to just have a more concrete script. My first idea was just using an outline of the topics to have a more open conversation; however, this made the episode much longer than it needed to be. I think if I just write a more concise script, it will be easier to stay on task and keep the episode from running too long. The last issue I have encountered has been creating a name for the project itself. It has been something that I have struggled with because I want it to be catchy and memorable. I think the best way to move forward with this problem is to just create a list of descriptive words that encompass this project idea. From here I am hoping it will be easy to construct a name.

Although these setbacks seem overwhelming, I am still pleased with the progress I have created so far. I think if I take my time with these issues, I will find solutions.