Andrew Hurley’s Beyond Preservation is about how historians have a role to play in engaging urban communities in efforts to rebuild sense of place, civic engagement, and resilient neighborhoods. I would like you to write about how you think Hurley’s book advances the public historian’s craft. In other words, this is an opportunity to reflect more broadly on what it means to be a public historian today. Your paper, due in class, Nov. 22, must:
1. be 1,000 words (about 3.5 typed pages),
2. connect to specific points in the book (applying these beyond the book itself as you see fit), and
3. have a title that captures your main idea.
For Wed., Oct. 9, please read Cathy Stanton, The Lowell Experiment. In your essay, discuss how Lowell transformed, in effect, from an industrial city to an industrial city museum. Who was responsible for this transformation? How do tourists experience the place? What lessons can we learn from Lowell as we think about the potential for curating our own city?
For today, please read all of Linenthal & Engelhart, History Wars. Then, in a brief but carefully constructed essay of at least 1,000 words, do the following: summarize the main ideas of each chapter and offer 4 main recommendations that your understanding of the Enola Gay controversy suggests for museum professionals in future situations in which an exhibit probes controversial subject matter and/or coincides with a commemorative moment. My suggestion is to allow about half of the essay for each.
Refer to this tutorial video as needed, going into full-screen mode by clicking the icon on the bottom right corner of the YouTube viewer below. In the video I demonstrate (1) how to use an interview log in the shared Google Docs file to identify a passage of an interview, (2) how to upload a WAV-format interview file that you’ve downloaded from the Oral Histories section of this blog, (3) how to use Audacity to navigate to the passage in the file that matches that in the log, (4) how to create and refine a story clip, and (5) how to export that clip as an MP3 file for use in your project.
To download Audacity for Mac, go to http://audacity.googlecode.com/files/audacity-macosx-ub-2.0.3.dmg.
To download Audacity for Windows, go to http://audacity.googlecode.com/files/audacity-win-2.0.3.exe.
After you have downloaded and installed Audacity, you will need to download LAME. What is LAME? “LAME is a free software codec used to encode/compress audio into the lossy MP3 file format.” (Wikipedia) We use MP3 on Cleveland Historical and Cleveland Voices because the file size is much smaller, making story clips nimble to access in these environments. To download LAME, select the appropriate version (the DMG file is for Mac; the EXE file is for Windows) in the box below, then download the file and pay attention to the location to which to you download it.
This is the course blog for Introduction to Public History (HIS 311/511). In addition to offering a current PDF course syllabus, it provides an additional space to share ideas, interesting public history and digital humanities projects or resources, more detailed instruction or clarification of course assignments, and occasional announcements of opportunities. I encourage you to develop the habit of checking the blog regularly. We will use a separate blog for app content development for the course project: http://research.clevelandhistory.org. This “sandbox” will afford the ability to create and edit your own work and leave comments for your peers, but no one else can alter your work.