Over the course of spring semester 2016, students in Jill Ogline Titus’s Introduction to Public History class collaboratively curated a digital exhibit on campus protest in the Vietnam War era. The student curators were charged with the responsibility of developing an exhibit that would provide historical and interpretive context for a collection housed in Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library and support staff’s efforts to share the rich materials located in Special Collections & College Archives with a broader public audience. The exhibit features pamphlets, buttons, newspaper clippings, and other materials from the library’s MS-036 Radical Pamphlets, 1965-1975 collection. Working collaboratively, students developed an interpretive framework for the exhibit, selected materials for inclusion and prepared them for use on the web, wrote the exhibit narrative and captions, created metadata and video to enhance the interpretation, customized the exhibit design, and installed the exhibit. The exhibit was built in WordPress and utilizes Omeka; it represents an ongoing partnership between Musselman Library, the Civil War Institute, and the Gettysburg College Educational Technology Office. Click here to browse the exhibit.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF HISTORY
This year’s graduating class includes a large number of students who have been active in CWI programs, and whose work at Gettysburg College has been exceptional in a wide variety of ways. These graduates have served as CWI Fellows, Brian C. Pohanka Interns, and Peer Learning Associates, written for the Gettysburg Compiler, and presented their work at academic conferences. They have curated exhibits for public audiences, published articles in the Gettysburg Historical Journal and the Gettysburg Journal of the Civil War Era, and conducted independent research as Mellon Summer Scholars and Kolbe Fellows. Several received special honors over commencement weekend, taking home the Gettysburg College Award in History, the Henry Schneider III Award in German Studies, the Sigma Alpha Iota Collegiate Honor Award, and the Henry W.A. Hanson Award. CWI’s most recent alums will be pursuing graduate study in several different fields at institutions ranging from University of Pittsburgh, Simmons College, and the University of Delaware (Winterthur Graduate Program in American Material Culture) to Villanova University and West Virginia University. Others are pursuing careers in teaching, public history, and the ministry. Congratulations to Andrew Astley, Amelia Benstead, Rebecca Duffy, Melanie Fernandes, Jenna Fleming, Sean Hough, Sam Kauker, Kevin Lavery, Tyler Leard, Megan McNish, Ryan Nadeau, Tom Nank, Kyle Schrader, Steven Semmel, Meg Sutter, Sophie Vayansky, and Cassie Wells. CWI wishes the members of the Class of 2016 all the best in their future pursuits. You’ll be missed, but we look forward to hearing about all your adventures in the coming years!