Final Project – Fourth Piece

John S.C. Schaak, Tavern Interior, 1762

One of the images that I have chosen for my final project is a painting by British painter John S.C. Schaak from 1762. While the scene is quite possible set in England it is important to remember the similarities in many aspects between Colonial America and England. The central and […]

Historical Film and Historical Thinking

For a previous assignment on using historical feature films to teach, I considered a hypothetical exhibit on The Age of Imperialism (1870 – 1914) using the feature film The Last Samurai. The themes for this exhibit would show the mindset of Europeans to other cultures, how foreign governments paid Western […]

Audience for Final Project

My final class project will center around a handful of women who lived during 18th century Williamsburg. These women were working individuals – milliners, tavern keepers, printers, and music teachers. They did not adhere to the stereotype of the colonial woman. The audience for this project will be 6-11 grade […]

Has History Teaching Really Changed

It seems that the simple act of remembering facts, dates, and events, as been at the core of history teaching over the decades. The early 20th century saw a heavy focus on testing students’ fact based history knowledge with fairly poor results. Testing over the decades have rarely proved to […]

Incorporating Digital Tools

As I think more concretely about my class project and how to incorporate digital tools/media, I have thought about two possible solutions. My project will be focused on women who challenged the stereotypical gender roles of colonial America. The women being focused on were business women and I am thinking […]

Idea for Summer Semester Project

For my semester project I am thinking about creating a digital project focusing on women in Colonial/ Early America. The project will use primary source documents to tell the story of a handful of women living in Williamsburg during the mid 18th century. These women were not social elites, the […]

How to Encourage Historical Thinking

We have looked at how three different individuals discuss historical thinking and how students make sense of the past. Each had some similar thoughts, especially in regards to the need to step away from strict, fact based teaching. However, they also differed in some aspects of their approach. These readings […]

HIST 689 – Intro

I am the Academic Discipline-Specific Technology Professional (ADSTP) at the Washington Papers (formerly known as the Papers of George Washington) and the Project Developer for the Center for Digital Editing where I work on digital documentary editing projects at the University of Virginia. Last year I attended DHSI (the Digital Humanities Summer Institute) in Victoria, Canada where […]

HIST694 – Final Post

I have recently put the final touches on the beta version of my project American Spirits: A History of American Spirits. Created for the HIST694 course for digital public humanities, this project reflects some of the topics and discussions that took place over the semester. The project itself addressed how […]

Project Update


After going through module 8, which focused on landscape and mobile, I began working on another exhibit. This exhibit is a story map of the American Whiskey Trail. Created by the Distilled Spirits Council, the trail consists of historic sites and operating distilleries that provide background into the historical and […]