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History Camp 2014 session topics, descriptions, and presenters

History Camp 2014 session topics, descriptions, and presenters

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History Camp 2014 sessions included "Bring History to the Classroom: Marketing your Historical Society or Museum to Teachers," "Tools to Help Your History Organization Reach More People In-Person and Online," "Account Books Reveal the Darndest Things: Accessing a Ubiquitous and Opaque Source to Reveal Untold Stories about the American Revolution," "How the Patriots Almost Lost the Battle of Saratoga: Yankee-Yorker Jealousy in the Commissary Department," The Boston Bankruptcy That Led to the American Revolution," "Employment options for history lovers: A panel discussion," and, "Becoming a published author: Panel discussion with authors and publishers on different mediums and models." Speakers included J. L. Bell, Sam Forman, Liz Covart, Lee Wright, Colleen Janz, Christina Frei, Nancy Heywood, Kathleen Barker, Matt Wilding, Sara Hamlen,Thomas Ketchell, Erik Bauer, Sue Felshin, Adam Hasler, Matthew Williamson, Charlie Bahne, Veronica Barron, Matthew Erlich, Tegan Kehoe, Alli Rico, Adriene Katz, Paul Brodeur,John Horrigan, Mark Gardner, Leah Thompson, Steve Gladstone, Erik Bauer, Mark Kenneth Gardner, and J. Lincoln Hallowell.
Handed out at History Camp on March 8, 2014.

History Camp is the first unconference (or barcamp) dedicated to all things history. It took place on March 8, 2014 in Cambridge, MA. More information is at www.HistoryCamp.org.
History Camp 2014 sessions included "Bring History to the Classroom: Marketing your Historical Society or Museum to Teachers," "Tools to Help Your History Organization Reach More People In-Person and Online," "Account Books Reveal the Darndest Things: Accessing a Ubiquitous and Opaque Source to Reveal Untold Stories about the American Revolution," "How the Patriots Almost Lost the Battle of Saratoga: Yankee-Yorker Jealousy in the Commissary Department," The Boston Bankruptcy That Led to the American Revolution," "Employment options for history lovers: A panel discussion," and, "Becoming a published author: Panel discussion with authors and publishers on different mediums and models." Speakers included J. L. Bell, Sam Forman, Liz Covart, Lee Wright, Colleen Janz, Christina Frei, Nancy Heywood, Kathleen Barker, Matt Wilding, Sara Hamlen,Thomas Ketchell, Erik Bauer, Sue Felshin, Adam Hasler, Matthew Williamson, Charlie Bahne, Veronica Barron, Matthew Erlich, Tegan Kehoe, Alli Rico, Adriene Katz, Paul Brodeur,John Horrigan, Mark Gardner, Leah Thompson, Steve Gladstone, Erik Bauer, Mark Kenneth Gardner, and J. Lincoln Hallowell.
Handed out at History Camp on March 8, 2014.

History Camp is the first unconference (or barcamp) dedicated to all things history. It took place on March 8, 2014 in Cambridge, MA. More information is at www.HistoryCamp.org.

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Individual sessions
 
365 Days of Cool Adventures in Boston for History-Lovers
 
Sara Hamlen
 
Description: A participatory adventure to kick of History Camp and rev up your creativity.
 
Account Books Reveal the Darndest Things: Accessing a Ubiquitous and Opaque Source to Reveal Untold Stories about the American Revolution
 Sam Forman, Dr. Joseph Warren. 
An Overnight Sensation 30 years in the Making: Researching Women on April 19, 1775
Due to an illness in her family, Jeanne had to cancel.
 
Becoming a Historian: How to Apply to and What to Expect in Graduate School
 
Liz Covart, Uncommonplace Book   An overview of how to apply and what to expect in a history Ph.D. program. Talk will offer suggestions about how to research professors and programs, what you should know about funding, the kind of work you can expect as a graduate student, and a discussion of job prospects.
 
Bring History to the Classroom: Marketing your Historical Society or Museum to Teachers
 
Many museums, historic sites and historical societies are missing great opportunities for exposure and patrons by not marketing to schools in a more effective manner. Many schools are facing tough choices with smaller budgets and needs with Common Core, while some institutions cannot fit entire grades within their space, this program will walk you through overcoming these obstacles and give the teachers in the crowd an opportunity to learn how to connect with the valuable historic resources around them.
 
Bringing the Past to Life in Six Women of Salem,
Marilynne is ill and had to cancel.
 
Bromances and Frenemies of the Founding Fathers: Who Loved Each Other, Who Hated Each Other, and Why
 
No, the Founding Fathers didn’t stand around admiring each other all day.
Some of the Founding Fathers truly loathed each other. Others got on famously.
This will be an educational gossip session, where we’ll
look at wh
y Jefferson and Adams didn’t speak to each other for 12 years (and why they started again),
the on-again off-
again quality of Washington and Adams’ partnership, why Washington and Hamilton’s
partnership was so impactful, and the nuts and bolts of the Hamilton/Jefferson feud. There will be no talk
of Aaron Burr or any duels, because Burr really doesn’t qualify as a Founding Father, no matter what he
might have done to Alexander Hamilton.
 
Crowdsourcing Possibilities Relating to a Collection of Revolutionary-era Newspapers: Help us Gauge Interest in Annotating the Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr 
 
Nancy Heywood and Kathleen Barker, Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/dorr  The Massachusetts Historical Society recently digitized a complete four volume set of Revolutionary-era Boston newspapers and pamphlets collected, annotated, and indexed by Harbottle Dorr, Jr., a shopkeeper in Boston. Although the website (www.masshist.org/dorr ) includes various pathways to the collection of 805 newspapers, 15 pamphlets, and 133 index pages, there are many potential enhancements. After an introduction to the digital collection, the presenters will lead a discussion of various add-ons, some of them potentially could be configured as crowdsourcing activities--tagging and/or transcribing. But which crowdsourcing activity would be most appealing to history enthusiasts? Please attend this session and share your opinion!
 
 
Free Advertising: Popular Magazines and World War II Bond Drives,
 
Even before America's entry into World War II, the US Treasury reorganized the nation's savings bond program in an effort to raise money for defense and to give citizens a stake in their country. While the Treasury Department, Office of War Information, and other government agencies worked together to develop marketing strategies for the bond program, private advertisers and editorial boards of magazines began promoting the bond program for free but on their own terms. This presentation will consider the ways in which war bond sales were encouraged in popular American magazines, particularly in regard to ads' messaging as they relate to concurrent government campaigns throughout the war.
 
From 'Folly' to Great Idea: The History of the Erie Canal and How it Transformed America,
 Liz Covart, Uncommonplace Book   A whirlwind overview of the history of the Erie Canal. Talk will cover the origins of canals in New York State, the construction of the Grand Canal between 1817 and 1825, and how the Erie Canal encouraged the Transportation and Industrial Revolutions during the 19th century.
 
How Google Books Changed My Life, and You Can, Too!
 
J. L. Bell, Boston 1775
Google Books is full of millions of
books, and millions of quirks. Nevertheless, it’s a powerful tool for
unearthing overlooked sources, identifying the birthplaces of myths and misunderstandings, and tracing quotations and anecdotes back to their origins. Using case studies from Revolutionary America, this workshop will run through some tips for making Google Books work for you.
 
How mixing social media & history can create an online audience for your institution, organization or historical work,
 Thomas Ketchell, co-founder of Hstry
 
This session will explore various case studies on how museums and cultural heritage sites have used the power of social media to drive traffic from digital to physical. Thomas will also share his experiences of creating a compelling historical story for 21st century audiences.
 
How the Patriots Almost Lost the Battle of Saratoga: Yankee-Yorker Jealousy in the Commissary Department,
Description: Historians refer to Saratoga as the turning point of the American War for Independence. However, the Patriots almost lost this important battle. This talk will discuss how regional jealousies
between New Englanders and New Yorkers contributed to the Patriots’ loss of 
 Canada and to their slow
response to Burgoyne’s march to Albany.
 
Institutional Memory: Using Oral History to Capture an Organization's History and Culture
 Erik Bauer (@hipster818)  Organizations are like living organisms, they have a identity, a culture and a history. This session will cover how to conduct an oral history project for an organization from identifying potential interviewees, creation of deed of gift to transcription and preservation. Examples will be provided and how to learn about an organizations culture and intuitional memory.
 
John Singleton Copley in America: What is Real and What Imagined in the Iconic Portraits of Patriots and Tories?
 Sam Forman, Dr. Joseph Warren.
 
 A profusely illustrated lecture.
 
 
Lace in the 18th Century
 
Sue Felshin
 
Learn to identify the features of 18th century lace and how lace was used. Learn how to select modern sources.
You’ll find 
 
 
 
Making Your History Museum a Magnet for Groups
 
 Adam Hasler , EdTrips
NodeXL Workshop: Using Social Network Analysis in History
 
Matthew Williamson (@dhperson)
 
Demonstration of NodeXL and a discussion on how to use network analysis tools in everyday research. If you would like to download the software follow this link: http://nodexl.codeplex.com/
 
Political Music Through the Years: Presentation and Singalong
 
Charlie Bahne, Veronica Barron, Matthew Erlich, and Tegan Kehoe
 
Take a quick tour of political music from different eras--a sampler, or a mixtape, if you will--and sing along! Come ready to join in song or listen. Music from the American Revolution to the Spanish Civil War
and 1940’s Boston.
 
Provenance: Objects As A Source of History
 
 Alli Rico (@alli_rico) and Adriene Katz (@appleandthebee)
 
Learn what provenance is, and how objects can be used as sources of history. Alli will go over the general concept and provide an example of how to start your provenance research. Adriene will follow up with a talk on the houses at the Shelburne Museum and how even houses can be used as sources of history.
 
Slavery and the Marlborough Town Common: Not just the John Brown Bell
 
Paul Brodeur 
 
The Boston Bankruptcy That Led to the American Revolution
 
J. L. Bell, Boston 1775 
In early 1765, Boston’s business world was rocked with the news that Nathaniel Wheelwright could not
pay all his debts. His promissory notes had been treated as virtual currency in the colony, and over the next several months many more people, from a Boston selectman to the mother of Dr. Joseph Warren, were forced into bankruptcy. This talk looks at the roots of that crisis in British imperial policy and family dynamics, and at its ripple effects in the Revolutionary period.
 
The Folklorist: An Emmy Award-winning TV program devoted to iconic, yet relatively obscure moments in history,
 John Horrigan
 
The Peculiar History of Democracy in Rhode Island: 1636 - 2004
 
 All
politics is local quipped Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil; Rhode Island being the consummate
exception that proves the rule. Democratic almost to the point of anarchy in the 17
th
 century, Rhode Island was roundly condemned as far too democratic in colonial times. One of the original innovators of two-party politics before the Revolution, as a state the once-liberal Rhode Island evolved into one of the most restrictive franchises by the 1840s, leading frustrated residents to invoke the right of rebellion in the Dorr War. Democracy and two-
party politics there have only gone downhill since then…
 

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