“More than Bricks and Mortar: The Sheppard Square Story”

Oral Histories Inform New Documentary Film The recent announcement that the Presbyterian Community Center in Louisville’s historic Smoketown neighborhood is closing its doors at the end of the month due to financial problems sent me back to the voices of former residents of another Smoketown institution—the now demolished Sheppard Square public housing complex. I was…

Annelise Gray Receives Historic Preservation Award from the DAR

The John Marshall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has honored public history student Annelise Gray with its annual historic preservation award.  Annelise received the award for nominating the Jefferson Jacobs School in Prospect, Kentucky, to the National Register of Historic Places.  A rare surviving example of a Rosenwald school building, the Jacobs…

Thinking about digital history

Interesting observations about digital history from Sherman Dorn, professor of education at the University of South Florida: Presentation of historical scholarship as an argument presumes a finished product. But most time spent on historical scholarship is messy: rooting through Hollinger boxes, begging someone for an oral history interview, coughing through a shelf of city reports…