StoryMap Collaboration with San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation
In Spring 2020, nine students in our St. Mary’s University Public History in the Digital Age graduate class partnered with the Office of Historic Preservation’s ScoutSA team. Four teams of students worked with the ScoutSA team and the City’s database of historic sites, including landmarks and districts, to complete original research that shaped the Story Maps. Using this research, these students created innovative Story Maps for the OHP on an intense 8-week timeline. “The hands-on service learning work mimicked what might be asked of them in potential future roles in the field of digital humanities, as employees of cultural resource management firms or museums.” Read more about this partnership on the ScoutSA blog.
#CoverYourFangs Archive: Behind the Mask of a University During COVID
In Fall 2020, St. Mary’s University students in my Introduction to Public History classes set out to preserve the stories of our campus community during the pandemic. These graduate and undergraduate students added artifacts and oral histories to the The Journal of the Plague Year (JOTPY) COVID-19 Archive and then told stories about these items in digital exhibits they created This #CoverYourFangs St. Mary’s archive preserves and shares our campus community’s stories within the larger JOTPY archive. In these exhibits, you’ll find examples of the struggles faced by our campus community as well as the ways that students, faculty, and staff persevered in the face of these challenges, reminding us of the importance of human relationships and supporting each other in these challenging times.