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Gaming- My Time in a Museum and on the Oregon Trail

Gaming- My Time in a Museum and on the Oregon Trail

I spent my morning on a project for my digital humanities class. The project was to play a historical computer game from the 1990s. After looking around for some time, I chose to play the game Museum Madness. The story of the game involves a boy and the museum robot, MICK. The boy enjoys exploring the museum’s website but the robot lets the boy know online that he has a computer virus and something has gone wrong in the museum….

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Environmental Scan Draft for NEH Proposal

Environmental Scan Draft for NEH Proposal

This project started with a simple question, “Did General Westmoreland ever publicly speak out against President Johnson’s handling of the Vietnam War?” Military officer dissent in the armed forces is a controversial topic.  Military officers follow strict codes of proper behavior in the armed forces, one being that the military should not publicly speak out against the President, except in rare cases.  While there are several reasons for this code, the main objective is to maintain healthy civilian-military relations.  In…

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Topics for NEH Grant

Topics for NEH Grant

Topic 1 African-American Court-Martial cases in the first half of the 20th century- using primary sources, newspapers, personal accounts and interactive maps to show the number of court-martial cases during this time period and the disproportion of convictions and punishments.  Can include big ones in CA, WA, TX and smaller ones around the country including Fort Devens. Topic 2 Early Republic American Indian Court Cases- similar website showing where and how American Indians used the law to find the limits…

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Working with data in 1850 Santa Fe

Working with data in 1850 Santa Fe

Data can be any form of information from any time period.  When working with data from a different time period, several problems need to be navigated as you decide on how to categorize and place data.  I will discuss the problems of working with the 1850 Santa Fe, New Mexico census and some cultural considerations. The census takers of the 1850 census were working with a population that spoke primarily Spanish or American Indian languages.  One of the questions on…

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