Immigrant Stories

Minnesota's Immigrants speak about their experiences coming to the United States The Minnesota Digital Library has gathered the stories of hundreds of immigrants for a project called Minnesota's Immigrants. The project "weaves together these audio and video histories into a single space where these stories can be gathered, saved, and shared in an openly and …

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Traveling to the Land of Desire

I love podcasts. It takes me about 40 minutes door-to-door to get from home to school or work--the perfect amount of time to get lost in a short story. While most of my listening habits are unrelated to history (I work on history things all day--this lady needs a break sometimes!)--I make an exception from …

The Black Cat

Happy Halloween, readers! I'm celebrating with some festive reading: The Black Cat (1843) is a classic Edgar Allen Poe story: dark, haunting, and recounted by an unreliable narrator. You can read the story, right now, from the comfort of your home, on Google Books. The collection, called The Works of the Late Edgar Allen Poe, was published in …

Storytelling on Instagram

Artist Amalia Ulman used Instagram to tell a story about society. Ulman's performance piece is a "born digital" story, as defined by Bryan Alexander in New Digital Storytelling. Not only did she use social media in her art, social media is where the project originated and was the primary platform for the project. Ulman's inspiration …

Meta-Blogging

When I think of metadata, I am transported back to many a summer project doing what amounted to data entry for the good of public history. During my first such project, the professor spearheading it explained to us student workers why it was important to keep to a metadata standard and continually update any new …