For the 2014 spring history and new media course, my project partner and I conducted original research of the Decatur House slave quarters residents, architecture, and Washington, DC labor history. We used this research to create a mobile app for the White House Historical Association (WHHA). This app takes users on a self-guided tour of […]

There are not a lot of platform options available to historians that publish online exhibits. Omeka is an open source website platform for publishing full online exhibits. Omeka has two different versions: and The .org version is for those with server space and who pay a licensing fee to Omeka (which is a […]

Maps show us more than where history happened. Spatial history projects are now included as scholarship. The Spatial History Project at Stanford University operates “outside normal historical practice” by being collaborative, focusing primarily on visualizations, and depending on digital history. They also look at space, not just chronology, in order to explain events. Space also […]

In a world where we are all constantly on our phones, playing Candy Crush, and texting other people while ignoring those who we are with, why would we want to introduce a reason to be on your smartphone in a museum? I think the answer has to be: ‘to make museums better’ or else we […]

There is a lot of institutional peer pressure to join social media. Museums cave to this pressure and join social networks like Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and the blogisphere every day. Does it seem like they are pleading for you attention? They are. But it’s going to be ok. Some museums have already mastered the […]

When I began planning  my graduate practicum and new media final projects, we decided that we would complete a digital exhibit and a mobile app wireframe for the staff to use during school programs. I want to design an exhibit and app that will communicate our research on the Slave Quarters space in a clear and useful […]

Voyant is the web-based tool for reading and analyzing your digital texts. March is Women’s History Month. As the month came to a close, I began thinking of about a few of the great moments in women’s history and the different new media tools that you can visualize trends in women’s history. The Library of […]

Piper, Andrew. Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2012. I am constantly encouraged – in class, at work – to think about how we can use technology to enhance reading, writing, and pedagogy. However, sometimes it is also a good idea to consider the history and use of the […]

Wikipedia editors are quick at keeping up on pop culture factoids. If a celebrity passes away, you can bet his or her Wikipedia page has already been updated with past-tense verbs and the ‘Died’ data has been filled out by the time your hear about it from the New York Times, Washington Post, or CNN. This […]

Although my university offers support for EndNote and Mendeley, I have had a lot of luck with Zotero  – especially when its crunch time and I need to quickly generate my bibliography and footnote citations! If you are interested in slavery and domestic service in 19th century Washington, DC feel free to check out my Zotero library.