For this blog post, I’ll be looking at the PBS website for Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns. While browsing around for a site to cover initially, I discovered besthistorysites.net. It sounds like a hoax site that would have pop-up ads every 15 seconds, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of resources offered. Unfortunately, […]Read more "Everybody Loves Ken Burns (and jazz)"
My archival visit resulted in photos from an 1893 world’s fair collection, but for our digital exhibit, we’ve decided to focus on a comparison of two technical schools that arose in Chicago in the early twentieth century- Lane Technical College Prep and Flower Tech. In the spirit of being productive, I’m going to focus this […]Read more "Effects of Colorization on Black & White Film and Photos"
Goodreads is a “social cataloging” website that was created in 2006 to help people find and share the books they love- the Facebook for books, if you will. Features Once a free account is created, Goodreads allows users to build virtual bookshelves consisting of books they’ve read, books they are currently reading, and books they […]Read more "Goodreads: Why Social Cataloging Matters to Public Historians"
Pros and cons must be weighed before an exhibit goes into the planning stages.Roy Rosenzweig and Daniel Cohen discussed the positive and negative aspects of digital exhibits in last week’s readings. The most obvious plus is that the collection becomes more accessible to the public. Anyone with an internet connection will be able to experience the digital exhibit, but […]Read more "Creating A Digital Exhibit"
Twitter is a social networking service that allows users to share short bursts of information. Users who set up accounts have just 140 characters to utilize before their message, or “tweet” reaches capacity. Each tweet is then posted on a user’s timeline, with the most recent tweets at the top. When Twitter first arose, it […]Read more "#SharedAuthority: Public History and Twitter"
Paul Young’s discussion of the telegraphic history of early American cinema is focused on the substantial power that telegraphy and film wield over concepts of time and space. The use of telegraphs in early filmmaking allowed for a more complex story to be presented. More subtly, cinema created a stage for the mode of […]Read more "Reflections on Paul Young’s Media on Display: A Telegraphic History of Early American Cinema"