In this course, students collaboratively designed, pitched, constructed, and publicly disseminated digital group projects based on materials from the Ursinusiana Archive. During the semester, guest speakers shared their own experience with digital/public history and provided feedback on the students’ work in progress. Projects were launched at the end of the Fall 2016 semester and ultimately will be part of the College’s 2019-2020 sesquicentennial celebrations.
Lauren T. Geiger and Jordan Ostrum
Our exhibit examines the history of the Gender Sexuality Alliance (formerly known as GALA) at Ursinus College, (located in southeastern Pennsylvania) from 1991 to 2000. Join us as we examine the discussions about, representations of, and controversies surrounding the formation and first ten years of the GSA, as seen in articles published in the school newspaper, The Grizzly. Our project asks the question: "How did the GSA handle conflict and controversies in its first ten years of existence?"
Shelby Bryant, Morgan Kentsbeer, Breanna Knisely-Durham, Morgan Larese, and Rachel Zane
Breaking Ground: A History of Construction, Destruction, and Renovation at Ursinus College aims to educate the public about the history of Ursinus buildings. The group decided to pick three buildings that are personally connected to our lives on campus. The three buildings are currently known as Myrin Library, Bomberger Memorial Hall and the Berman Museum of Art. The project is just the initial step in creating a full history of the buildings on campus. Although each building was built at a different time in the college’s history, two major dates of renovation have emerged through our research, the 1970s and the mid 2000s.
Tiffini Eckenrod, Liam Griffin, Jon Kishpaugh, and David O'Neil
Events that affect our country as a whole tend to be viewed solely on a national scale. Our project aims to bring that focus down to a local level as we have been looking at how Pearl Harbor and September 11, 2001 have resulted in changes on campus and how the two events compare in Ursinus’ memory. This focus has given us greater insight concerning how the Ursinus community reacts to tragedies and will help us in answering our question. Through our research, we have a better idea of how Ursinus reacts to tragedy. We have been looking at both the immediate aftermath of the attacks and what people were saying years later.
The main sources we will be using to address the question are the Grizzlys, the Weeklies, Rubies, memoir writings from the 1998 reunion mural dedication and physical objects saved from memorials.