Last week the AHA announced its new report (with the OAH and NCPH) on how public history should factor in to tenure and promotion proceedings, and this week Inside Higher Ed takes note. In other news, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville gets set to digitize newspapers and California Newsreel announces this month’s free film preview. We then link to two articles on museums: one from Wired on the American Museum of Natural History, and the other from American Association of Museums.
Last week, former president of the AHA Jonathan Spence gave the 39th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. We start off this week with two related links on what he said. Then, John Fea live blogs the Texas Social Studies hearings, the National Archives uses Facebook to locate items and seeks comments for the National Declassification Center, and Mark Twain’s memoirs go public. Looking to digital history, Lincoln Mullen considers digital-minded humanists, Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt write a book in one week, and ProfHacker looks at WordPress for building web sites.
We start off this week with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places. Then, hear about the Spring 2010 Roy Rosenzweig Forum, check out an upcoming New-York Historical Society seminar, take a look at the Washington Post’s photographic collection of oil spills through history, and peruse some of the Smithsonian’s more unique holdings. We also note two articles, one from The Chronicle and the other from Inside Higher Ed, on pursuing non-academic jobs.
Many state libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies use the web to digitize their resources and make their individual state’s history available for a broad audience to access for both general purposes or academic research. For this very reason, we’ve decided to highlight a few of these digital state libraries below.
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy
Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, professor emerita of history at Rutgers University and notable New Orleans historian, began her researching journey in 1984 for what is now the Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy project.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Maryland has kiosks that implement touch screen technology and animation software, allowing visitors to engage with rare manuscripts much the same way they would if they had the actual manuscript in front of them. NLM explains, “We have refined the original technology by using advanced 3D computer generated imagery, digital image enhancement, animation, illumination models, and software programming to simulate the act of easily flipping through virtual books displayed in a highly photorealistic manner.”
In an effort to extend these manuscripts to a broader audience, the Library created Turning the Pages Online, a digital version of the touchscreen kiosks.
We start off this week with a selection of articles on history and new media. First up, Slate magazine looks at how historians may use the Twitter archive in the future. Then, listen to a Digital Campus podcast on “social history,” read Sharon Leon’s series on "21st Century Public History,” and check out a new document on the National Library of Medicine’s Turning the Pages site. Following this are a number of American history related articles: K.C. Johnson looks at what’s “deemphasized” in the teaching of U.S.
In the news this week, congratulations to Gordon S. Wood on winning the New-York Historical Society’s American History Book Prize. Also, read about a new Pew Internet and American Life Project on media use. Under the theme of history online, hear about the challenges of a history archive, the risk of losing digital materials, and two articles on Google Books (a German take and French one). We also bring you two articles on history months as well as the discovery of a long lost Descartes letter. And finally, just for fun, a new look at Abraham Lincoln…and vampires.
Due to last week’s winter weather and office closing we’ve rolled two What We’re Reading posts into one. First off, hear from Patrick D. Tardieu about threats to Haiti’s cultural heritage. Then, check out articles on sociology and religion, budget cuts in Britain, NTHP’s dozen distinctive destinations, merging history and the language arts, history on the moon, and history in Antarctica. We also have two film links: one on Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness and the other on “The Death of the Biopic.” In the digital history category, read about digitally reuniting documents, online textbooks, and experimenting with new technologies.