Digital Middle Grounds: Learning, Interpreting, and Spatializing Digital Public History

Endorsed by the Oral History Association

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Type: Workshop

Tags: Digital History; Oral History; Public History and Memory


Pre-registration required

Limited to 60 people

This workshop will provide useful tools and strategies for conducting public-centered digital history projects. Participants will be challenged in their knowledge of what constitutes “valuable” data and learn about the benefits and challenges in using public history models. They will likewise learn how to preserve official and vernacular histories with Omeka, a digital platform designed to create free and public online archives. Finally, participants will be introduced to the basics of using geographic information systems (GIS) to spatialize their data, providing new opportunities for interpretation and visualization.

Session Participants

Presenter: Veronica Nohemi Duran, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Veronica Nohemi Duran is a History PhD student at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and an advisee of Professor James Garza. Duran’s research interests include race and gender in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, migration and bilingual education. Her dissertation research focuses on race and gender in bilingual children’s television programming during the late 20th century, particularly on Aida Barrera’s Carrascolendas, a bilingual children’s show produced in Austin during the 1970s. Currently, Duran is also a Research Assistant for Nuestras Historias: The Nebraska Latino Heritage Collection at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and the Assistant Managing Editor for the Journal of South Texas.

Presenter: Sarita Belen Garcia, University of Texas-El Paso
Sarita Belen Garcia is a PhD student in Borderlands History at University of Texas-El Paso. Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Sarita earned her B.A. in History with a minor in Criminology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She then pursued her graduate education at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned an M.A. in History and a certificate in Digital Humanities. At UNL, Sarita researched Chinese border crossing and anti-immigration law and practices on the U.S.-Mexico border from 1890-1930. Informed by her interests in gender, race, citizenship, and carceral studies, Sarita will be shifting her research to examine violence, gender dynamics and race relations between Anglos, Mexicans, and African Americans in south Texas and northern Nuevo Leon and Coahuila, Mexico, from 1880 to 1920.

Presenter: Patrick Tyler Hoehne, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Patrick Hoehne is a 19th Century American History Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado State University with a B.A. in History, along with a second B.A. in German Language and Literature and International Studies. Patrick went on to earn his M.A. in History from Colorado State, focusing on American History and writing his thesis on patterns of violence within the 1863 New York City Draft Riots.

Patrick’s interests lie primarily in the years surrounding the American Civil War. His current research interests include extralegal violence, slavery, law, and environmental histories of the conflict. Patrick is also interested in digital methods, and continues to work extensively with GIS in his research. He has served as the lead GIS specialist on multiple scholarly digital projects.