The The Well Read President is a virtual bookshelf timeline of the books President Theodore Roosevelt read during his first term as president, as an outdoorsman, a father, a historian, and politician. Created for the Theodore Roosevelt Center, it illuminates not only how books affected Roosevelt’s diplomacy and decisions as president, but also his relationships with his family and friends. Click image below or title above to enter.
Visualizing the Red Summer is a research hub for the dozens of riots and lynchings that occurred in 1919 known as the Red Summer. The site includes a visual timeline of events using primary documents, an interactive map that allows users to look at trends among the riots, and the Red Summer Archive of difficult-to-find primary documents related to the riots that I collected, all linked here in blue. These photographs, articles, telegrams and court documents are sortable by theme, location and type of document. Click the image below to enter the archive, using the ‘Filter By’ and ‘Filter Options’ drop-down menus to examine themes.
Read my latest piece for the American Historical Association, “An Act of Tactical History” about creating the rogue archive and mapping the violence. VRS is now also the featured resource on the Newberry Library’s “Chicago 1919” site.
Digital Loray, below, documents and interprets the long, complex history of Gastonia, North Carolina’s iconic Loray Mill and the surrounding mill village. The site uses digital tools and technologies to tell the human stories of this place, engaging members of the community as active participants. I worked with a team in Gastonia for over two years collecting community histories and creating an archive of documents. Following the creation of the digital archive, permanent exhibits were created in the history center in the renovated mill.
Digital Loray stemmed from my solo research, The Mill Village in 1920, which is an interactive map that documents the 2000+ residents of the Loray Mill Village in 1920 using data drawn from census records, city directories, and other sources. Enter the map by clicking below, and use the drop-down menu in the legend to the right to sort the community by race, age, job, or other categories.
Chicago and the Great War is a digital exhibit created by undergraduate students in Loyola University Chicago’s History department under my direction. I oversaw the creation of the exhibits, student training on archival research and the digital humanities, and integration with the faculty member’s curriculum. Students were tasked with creating mini exhibits on the WWI-related topic of their choosing in Chicago’s history, from how the war affected baseball and military training, to the experiences of both African American and immigrant troops. Using archival collections from throughout Chicago, they created not just the exhibit and website text and design, but tracked down the historic documents and photographs to feature (with permissions), designed an interactive digital map of the city during wartime, and decided how they wanted to promote the site on social media. The final product in 100% their creation, unedited, just as they “handed” the project in. While it was my brain child, it is their end product.
Use the dropdown menu on the site to explore their exhibits.