Reflective Essay

During this project, Omeka was the best option for people who are beginners to design websites. When I came across problem with Omeka I just searched for the solution through google. While conducting my research I learned a lot about how the special collections department located in the ULL Library can guide you into further research that is much more in depth as well as being provided with sufficient support to claims and statements that may need more than just a reference to an article on a website.

This project involved many trial and errors as I tried a variety of other websites and tools to help me present my research. One example that I found complicated was scalar. Good luck typing scalar in google search because it’s difficult to find and after I finally found it the site was too difficult for me to even begin a project.

There were digital tools that I thought could be very useful and that was the GIS tools with StoryMapps and HistoryPin. However, when I tried using HistoryPin the system was down. After playing around with the different sites, I thought the best fit for my project was Omeka. I chose to pay thirty-five dollars thinking it was going to be beneficial but with the amount of research and work that was needed for the subject I was doing, I really could have used their free trial. Reason why I declined to use the GIS sites was because my project only involved Huey P. Long and it wouldn’t been as an exciting of site as it is on omeka.

My decision for the title of my website had to be simplistic where people could remember it easily, so I titled my website I chose to use one collection titled: Michael D. Wynne Collection, Collection number 75 with a pamphlet titled: ‘What the Record Reveals’ that was found in the inventory 2-14 titled ‘Anti-Long Material, 1927-1929, n.d’. Because I chose to do my project on Huey P. Long and his constant take down on Standard Oil, I didn’t need much for sources as the subject matter was narrowed down in a relatively short time because of Long’s life cut short by assassination.

I posted seven items which are supposed  to be told to the public audience as a timeline of Huey Long vs Standard Oil.  The theme that I thought captured the tone was called Emiglio. On the homepage I have a summary of what is being presented and at the bottom of the page you will find my contact information.

This project could further my ideas of having work that details the oil industry and how it has had an impact in United Stated politics and communities as well as the impact it has had and continues to have globally whether it be in good fortune or bad. In the future this project could benefit the public as a reliable source

Digital Site Write-Up

For the online exhibit I decided to visit an Advertising-War exhibit that is provided by the National Museum of American History website. In this exhibit you can view the many ads that were used during WWI. These ads were distributed throughout America to encourage people to support the war as well enlist if your male.

What I like about this exhibit was that it didn’t just show advertising that took place in America but it also showed ads that were used in other countries too such as Austria, France, Britain, and Canada.

Such ads have now become iconic in America like Uncle Sam, there were many ads that were sexist and racist in America. One ad that was sexist was that of the US Navy that depicts a woman wishing to be a man to join up and on the bottom of the ad poster it said, ‘be a man and join the navy’. The ad that I found to be racist was that of an African American plowing on concrete saying on top ‘Concrete Ammunition’ and on the bottom, it reads ‘second line defense’.

Though there were other advertisements that depicted women in a positive light like asking women to join the labor force while the men were in Europe fighting however it also clearly states that women in the labor force could only be temporary. There are also ads that encouraged women to even join in the war and for the first time in American history women actually could join the armed forces. However the opportunities and responsibilities granted to women were not the same as men and I thought the exhibit could have showed maybe at least an excerpt on protests from women and African Americans if there were and that could be evident.


Physical Site Write-Up

During the Thanksgiving holiday I decided to go to Houston to see my mom and celebrate the first thanksgiving that took place among the early New England colonists and Native Americans that would be just the start of a friendship based on sharing and trust that will last all the way into the modern era. That was a joke, obviously but I did go to Houston to see my mom for thanksgiving.

We decided to go to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. At the museum they had a special exhibit on Knights from the Medieval to Renaissance Eras and was organized by Contemporanea Progetti. In this exhibit there were many authentic arms and armors as well as a few replicas that romanticized these eras in Europe.

The weaponry that was showcased were swords, full armored suits, helmets of many different shapes, and corselets. All items varied in size and look like for instance helmets that came in different shape was because of how it would benefit the knight with protection may had been based on theories that evolved over time. Frog mouthed helmets were popular in Germany for jousting as these helmets protected the eyes another popular helmet that protected the eyes and face was the great bascinet.

Other items that captured these eras were paintings from these eras of history and in these paintings, were accounts of battles and even knights themselves. The symbolism that I gathered from these works of art were how glorified knights and the battles they fought were well respected and glorified during that time and even still today.

The last part of the exhibit focused heavily on the Renaissance Era where they presented the different types of games that were played such as jousting and the music that was played. Here I found a section in the corner where there were actual instruments replicated from the time that were played. With every instrument had button that you could press to hear what it sounds like.

This exhibit was well organized and very entertaining for the family and highly recommend it for the whole family.

Distinguishing Archives

In Trevor Owens’s article  “What Do you Mean by Archive?”, he explains how we use the word archive in different ways. Owens gives examples such as archives in records management, “the papers of so and so”, archives that are used to essentially back up in a zip drive, tape archives, web archives, and digital archives.

The second example, “the papers of so and so”, is the one that stuck out to me the most and the definition I would give when trying to define archive. He briefly explains that with this process you can effectively organize certain materials for a particular reason. Naming it “papers of so and so” implies the notion that records and/or materials on an individual or organization represent a specific name for a collection that is the result of ongoing work.

I can relate to this as it is exactly the type of research I had in mind when the time comes for me to use the ULL Library Collection Center and find archives for my final project in my Public History Class.

The other articles assigned for this week seemed to discuss the ongoing theme of my Public History class which is how to approach the digital world and present history to the public on the internet in a way that will always be up to date. Where the internet continues to grow at a rapid rate and adapt to people’s comfort levels, how can public historians adapt to the public’s comfort levels with also educating them and handing them access to historical archives.

Audience Participation Post

In Causer’s and Wallace’s article: Building an Audience, they simply explain  on how historians can reach their attended audience outside the realm of academics using the web.  They state that historians receive training in skills like close up reading of texts, ability of translation to other languages other than English, ability to write essays and form historical argument, and the way to moderate discussions. However no graduate history level programs offer such training so they receive these skills through the workforce.

With websites Causer and Wallace discuss how it can cost next to nothing to an entire population that may live in a dead beat towns across America. To reach these audiences is where they encourage public historians to become knowledgeable in marketing and how to reach a demographic whether that demographic be specific or broad.  Basically this article advises public historians to be flexible when trying to reach an audience and to adjust to different audiences who are not familiar with academia atmosphere.

Frankle’s article: More Crowdsourced Scholarship, she blogs about the experiment, Citizen History, which entails the idea if historians can trust their visitors to a museum’s site to bring their own perspectives and work to the research and work of a museum. Essentially the same concept as Wikipedia where all share authority over the subject matter.   The upside to Citizen History is that it allows everyone open access to history which may be difficult to find otherwise but the downside is the fact that it may be hard to police the ones who are not using viable sources if this project would become as big as wikipedia.