The Man is Unforgettable: What About the Website?

Digital exhibits can be tricky, expensive, and time consuming endeavors. So much work goes into the exhibit before the public ever has access to it. Even once an exhibit or digital project is up for the public to view, work on the project is not over, at least it should not be. Technology advances at such…

Exhibit Narrative: Mollie West

The Mollie West collection at the Women and Leadership Archives is extensive. With a few recent accession, the collection will eventually contain records from almost every year of Mollie’s life. Mollie’s papers contains records that encompass both her private and public life. The majority of the exhibit will focus on Mollie’s work in the public eye but…

Augmented Reality in Chicago

Augmented reality (AR), as explained by Bryan Alexander in The New Digital Storytelling, refers to “linking digital content to the physical world, especially by location.” This is different from virtual reality because VR represents the “physical world in digital terms.” Augmented reality adds a digital component to the “analog or offline world.” Alexander explains there…

Roadblocks to Challenging the Exclusive Past

I am choosing to gear this week’s blog questions towards my time at the National Council on Public History annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in lieu of speaking to one public history professional. I went to the conference with very few expectations and while I left reinvigorated by the prospects of a career in public history, I…

Facts on File: Access and Transparency

As their website puts it, “Infobase is an educational solutions company providing digital reference content…” In particular Infobase’s Facts on File online content provides valuable historical content. There are several important features about Facts on File. The website contains videos, images, timelines, biographies, and documents. In particular I was looking at the American Indian history…

Campaign Memorabilia

I have worked a couple of times with the Patricia Caron Crowley collection at the Women and Leadership Archives. Patricia was very active with charities and organizations in Chicago. During the 1968 and 1972 Presidential elections, Patricia and her husband Pat were heavily involved in the Eugene McCarthy campaign in Illinois. They held parties and…

Show Me the Play Counts!

As the years have gone by, the devices I’ve used to listen to music have changed. There was the Zen, the iPod Touch, the Dell computer, and more recently the iPhone and the MacBook. The one thing I always dread about new devices, besides transferring music, is the loss of my play counts. For some…

Prioritizing: Digital Projects & Public History

While browsing through the websites of some museums, I found myself wondering why the museum chose to exhibit certain collections. For the most part, many of the online exhibits were interesting and very relevant to the institution displaying them. However, especially at institutions with numerous collections, I was left to contemplate the issues a museum…