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 […]

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 […]

Oral History Projects in DPH

Like other aspects of digital public humanities, digital technologies have impacted how oral history is done. The use of these technologies allows for oral histories to be more readily available. While this is great, there are still some things left to be considered, such as cost, efficiency, and quality control. […]

Digital Public History and Place


As technology has continued to evolve, it has allowed for public history and the approaches taken to do digital public history to change as well. Often times projects are seeking to tell the story of a particular person, event, or even location. Those projects concerned with location in particular have […]

Slavery at Monticello Mobile App

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Earlier this year I visited Monticello in order to see the exhibit, Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello. This exhibit seeks to replicate the primary plantation street that was the center of work and domestic life for people at Monticello – free whites and blacks, servants, and slaves. While […]

American Spirits – Proposal

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When considering historical events, one does not immediately consider the role spirits such as whiskey, bourbon, and rum played in the United States. The distillation of these alcoholic beverages were a popular past time of colonial and post-colonial Americans. This past time and the need to replenish government funding led […]

Erica Cavanaugh, An Introduction


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. My primary focus at the moment is of the George Washington Financial Papers, a […]