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GeoHistorian Curriculum Now Available for Download

After many revisions and lots of editing, the GeoHistorian curriculum is now available for download on the Curriculum page. This is a major milestone in our project, which is nearing completion. We’d like to thank everyone who helped us to get to this point, including:

  • Thomas Hatch, Julie Kenworthy, Lorie Bednar, Sandy and Henry Halem, and Glennis Siegfried from the Kent Historical Society, for providing us with access to lots of great archival materials, contacting numerous community members for help, and helping us teach almost 100 fifth graders about Kent’s history.
  • The five teachers (and their students) who spent long hours preparing for and teaching the GeoHistorian unit, including Robyn Elia and Christine Lowden at Walls Elementary School and Julie Cummings, Christine Goff, and Sean Mostov at Davey Elementary School.
  • The City of Kent, especially its Maintenance Department, for supporting our project and helping us with the installation of several QR code markers.
  • The Kent State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives for access to historical materials we could not get elsewhere.
  • Several students from Kent State University’s Honors College, who assisted us in the initial stages of the project.
  • The various citizens and business owners in Kent who provided us and participating students with access to their historic locations, old photographs, scrapbooks, and memories.
  • And last but not least, the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities, who believed in our project and helped to make it happen with their generous support.

We are not completely done yet though, as we still have several QR code markers to install and are finalizing a brochure that will help publicize the project and encourage citizens and visitors of Kent to explore its rich history. The last two markers will be installed on May 11, during a special dedication ceremony at Davey Elementary School. And of course, due to the success of the project, we hope to continue it in some shape or form next year.


Next GeoHistorian QR Marker in Downtown Kent

The QR code marker for the former Thompson Grocery store has now been installed by Sue Nelson at her design store on South Water Street:

GeoHistorian Another QR Code Marker Installed

The next QR code marker we installed for the GeoHistorian Project is located at Franklin Township Hall in Kent:

GeoHistorian: Round Two of QR Code Marker Installation Begins

We installed several new QR code markers for the GeoHistorian Project in downtown Kent this morning, including:

Ray’s Place (former Thompson Drug and Central Hotel)

Link Block

Standing Rock Cemetery


Kent Stage

One marker was dropped off at Sue Nelson Design to be installed for us, and I’ll post better pictures of the Franklin Township Hall marker as soon as the glue dries 😉

GeoHistorian Project in the News Again

GeoHistorian Website Is Online!

As part of our NEH-funded GeoHistorian Project we’ve created a website that will serve as a repository for teacher lesson plans, materials, and project-related odds and ends. The site can be accessed at http://www.rcet.org/geohistorian. Please take a look and let me know what you think!

RCET Receives NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant

Reposted from the RCET site:

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced 28 new awards for the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program to support innovative projects in the digital humanities. RCET received one of these grants for its Geo-Historian project. The Geo-Historian project is aimed at educating K-12 students to become local historians who create digital content for an audience that transcends the walls of their classrooms. Project activities will include the creation of curriculum on how to do digital, local history, training teachers how to apply it in their classrooms, and implementation in local schools. Student-created digital content will be accessible in relevant historical locations in the City of Kent via QR codes that can be scanned with mobile phones.

The project is scheduled to begin in September 2010 and run through March 2012. Project partners include the Kent Historical Society, the Kent City Schools, and students from Kent State University’s Honors College.

For the press release and a list of all NEH awards, please click here.

As one of the project directors I’m really looking forward to getting this project started, now that it’s finally received the funding it deserves. We’ve got lots of ideas of where to go with this one, so stay tuned!