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
Most students hope for an internship where they can learn about an industry they are interested in, develop a few key skills for that industry, and make valuable connections that could help them enhance their professional network. Jake Farias ’16 was able to do this and so much more as last summer’s recipient of CWI’s Robert Sibley Cooper Fellowship. Not only was he able to work alongside some of the leading experts in the field of history, but he was also charged with creating an original educational workshop on the New York City draft riots of 1863 for high school students attending the nationally-renowned CWI conference. However, a fellowship working with the CWI’s annual conference was not an opportunity Farias had originally anticipated. Click here to read about Farias's experience at CWI and its impact on his approach to teaching.