Clio Wired

An Introduction to History & New Media

Week 8

Public History

  1. Carl Smith, “Can You Do Serious History on the Web?Perspectives (February 1998)
  2. The Great Chicago Fire (1996)
  3. The Great Chicago Fire (2011)


  1. Mark Tebeau, “Listening to the City: Oral History and Place in the Digital Era,” The Oral History Review 40, 1 (2013): 25-35
  2. Bruce Wyman et al, “Digital Storytelling in Museums: Observations and Best Practices,” Curator 54, 4 (2011): 461-468
  3. Anne Lindsay, “#VirtualTourist: Embracing Our Audience through Public History Web Experience,” The Public Historian 35, 1 (2013): 67-86
  4. Melissa Terras, “Digitisation’s Most Wanted” (5/15/2014)
  5. Tim Sherratt, “Life on the outside: collections, contexts, and the wild, wild web” (9/21/2014)
 Discussion Leader: Marion Dobbins


1 comment for “Week 8

  1. Marion Dobbins
    October 20, 2014 at 12:14 am

    1. In Smith’s blog he states historical websites are increasing expeditiously. This poses many questions. Present your thoughts on using the web as a construct to “serious history?” Can we do this type of history on the web?

    2. Digital history can provide varied platforms of interpretation into place and community through geolocating, interactive mapping, oral histories and mobile applications. Explain your thoughts on the significance of using oral histories, geolocating, mapping and mobile applications presenting historic narratives.

    3. Many feel interpretations within a digital platform are as important as a physical museums. With multiple devices and technologies used to contextualize data how can history institutions present content within a desirable framework?

    4. The Internet has integrated websites into the fabric of brick and mortar heritage sites. This amalgamation produced a “Virtual Tourist”. Describe how this type of visitor has changed, for the good or the bad the landscape of historical sites.

    5. Explain the role social media has in research, heritage site visitations and public awareness? How has the media, the space and the visitor changed in delivering and accepting historical content?

    6. The way we research and present collections are changing. Explore the role of the historian. How have responsibilities and values changed due to the digital revolution; or has it?

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