Digital Projects

Visualizing the Red Summer is a research hub I created for academics (and the curious public) to facilitate further research about the more than three dozen riots and lynchings that occurred in 1919 known as the Red Summer.  I created the site in 2015 after having difficulty finding much material on the subject. 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 an archive of difficult-to-find primary documents related to the riots, all linked here in blue. The Red Summer Archive contains over 700 photographs, articles, telegrams, court documents another items that I collected from across the country that 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 filter by themes.

Archive Still


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.

Video about Digital Loray 

Article about Digital Loray and Kessell History Center  

My solo research also led to the creation of The Mill Village in 1920, 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.

Mill Village 1920

The The Well Read President  is a virtual bookshelf timeline of the books President Theodore Roosevelt read during his first presidency, as an outdoorsman and naturalist, 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. Dynamic and expandable, it serves a prototype for potential visualizations of other bookshelves of avid readers, from Frances Willard to Carl Sandburg. Click to enter.