“Getting Started”at CFI

On Wednesday, I am co-presenting at May Symposium, an annual faculty development event, to help colleagues “get started” with digital technologies in the humanities and social sciences. Our session, organized by Chris Arndt, will feature hands-on opportunities to play with Google Drive, WordPress, and Google Earth. Many people on our campus are dabbling with digital projects, but others doubt the pedagogical effectiveness of certain applications or worry about the investment of time and energy needed. Our goal is to allay some of these concerns by demonstrating and discussing how we have successfully used digital technologies in our own classes. Other presenters are: Chris Arndt, Kevin Hegg, Andrew Witmer, and Kevin Borg.

Here are some links I will be using in my portion of the session:
http://people.jmu.edu/mulroomm/meghome/ (my old antiquated site from the early 2000s) and  http://sites.jmu.edu/mad70s/ (my new class project). Continue reading

Public History

I’ve been working in and around public history for nearly 30 years. As an undergraduate, I worked at the Center for Historic Architecture and Engineering at the University of Delaware. My job at that time was to measure and draw historic buildings for collections associated with the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record Divison of the National Park Service. After graduation from UD, I was hired on to a HABS/HAER summer team that surveyed industrial sites in southwestern Pennsylvania. This project led to a full-time (with benefits!) job at the main HABS/HAER office in Washington, DC, where I was assigned to research and write a detailed study of bituminous mining towns. The result, A Legacy of Coal: The Coal Company Towns of Southwestern Pennsylvania (1989), inspired me to pursue a doctorate. I went to William and Mary, which offered me an opportunity to emphasize public history as part of a degree program in American Studies. Continue reading