2011 was sort of a non-blogging year for me. I was simply too busy to fit it into my life. This year I hope to start writing on a regular basis again. I also need to make some long-overdue updates to various parts of this site.
One project that has really kept me hopping, but of which I’m very proud, is the GeoHistorian Project, funded by a Digital Start Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities. My colleague Thomas McNeal and I worked with 5 teachers and roughly 100 elementary school students from the Kent City Schools to create 29 digital stories of historical sites in and around Kent. In addition, the Kent Historical Society was an invaluable partner in this endeavor, providing us with lots and lots of historical resources, information, and time. Please take a look at the GeoHistorian Project website for continuous updates on the project, conference presentations, publications, and other related project information.
The digital stories are accessible on location by way of QR codes that can be scanned with a smartphone or other wireless mobile device. It’s really a powerful experience to watch the stories in the physical locations in which they actually happened. However, for those of you who can’t do this, we have also made the videos available on YouTube. Hop on over and take a look, these stories are worth watching. Here is one story to whet your appetite: