Roy Rosenzweig Prize Recipients
The Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History is sponsored jointly by the AHA and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University. This nonresidential prize is awarded annually to honor and support work on an innovative and freely available new media project, and in particular for work that reflects thoughtful, critical, and rigorous engagement with technology and the practice of history.
2016 Rosenzweig Prize
Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia
Charles Hardy III and Janneken Smucker, West Chester University, and Doug Boyd, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia is a platform for student work curating and interpreting oral histories, using a digital archive of material drawn from regional museums and archives to develop biographical sketches and digital storytelling projects. The site demonstrates how oral history can be married with digital history, using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) and Omeka. It effectively integrates a variety of off-the-shelf digital tools—iMovie, historypin, thinglink and ESRI Story Mapss—for the purpose of telling a story. In integrating the work of successive cohorts of students, Goin’ North offers a compelling model of how iterative project development can be made part of teaching.