Publication Date

January 2, 2014

Live coverage and photos from the AHA’s preconference workshop on digital history. Readers may also follow the #dhist and #AHA2014 conference hashtag for additional coverage from other attendees.


Moving to the breakout sessions…






Serventi: One special request: share professional development resources and lessons learned with your colleagues. Share the broad range of opportunities the NEH offer with your community.


Serventi: The bar is high for an NEH grant, so take advantage of the resources the NEH makes available to prepare in advance. “Ask for help because that is what we do.”


Serventi: Afraid to approach the NEH? Call me, I am here to help and you know me now. “This is what you pay me for.”


Serventi: Read the guidelines and past award list. NEH now has a web platform that allows you to tap into those resources now instead of having to call or mail the institution.


Serventi: Read to apply for NEH funding? First step is find the right grant program using the NEH site. Take a look at resources/grant lists on the site.


NEH site allows has a number of professional development resources and opportunities for a broad audience. Serventi “Please apply, they are meant for you.” Opportunities include positions at museums, archives and community colleges.


NEH Funded Projects Database allows people to see what funded projects are out there and available.


Jen Serventi from NEH discusses the processes for applying for funding, particularly for digital history projects.


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Craig: “It is important not to consider digital history as a hammer and everything is a nail.”


Craig: Twitter is a great way to engage in a community to ask questions, crowdsource problems, and share resources (like teaching resources/powerpoint presentations.)


Craig: Problem solving includes encountering new problems, and finding tools to answer new questions.


Craig: Building blocks includes public history and archive databases.


Craig: Personal interaction includes social media, academic organizations, in the classroom. “You don’t have to contribute. Many tools are good for lurkers, including Twitter.”


Craig: What can Digital History do for you?

  • personal interaction
  • project building blocks
  • problem solving


Kalani Craig steps to podium. Will be discussing the kinds and types of digital history tools out there, including Twitter and data visualization tools.


Key points:

Digital History is a methodology. “It is about doing history.” It is a tool that helps you solve problems.

Digital History does not solve everything, and it may not be appropriate for everything.


The room is packed and Seth Denbo, the Director of Scholarly Communications and Digital Initiatives for the AHA, has commenced the first annual “Getting Started in Digital History” workshop.



And the last portion of the schedule…

11:05-12:00 Breakout II: Parallel Sessions


Following the plenary session…

10:00-10:55     Breakout I: Parallel Sessions

  • Corpus linguistics for historians (Michelle Moravec, Room 8209)
  • History Blogging (Claire Potter, Truman Room)
  • Introduction to Omeka (Sheila Brennan, Room 8212)
  • Juggling All the Pieces: Project Management for Beginners (Sharon Leon, Taft Room)
  • Project-Based Learning and Undergraduate Research in the History Classroom (Kathryn Tomasek, 8216)
  • Teaching digital history (Jeff McClurken, Delaware Room)
  • Topic Modeling (Robert Nelson, Room 8206)
  • Spatial History and HGIS (Kalani Craig, Taylor Room)


9:00-9:50 Plenary Session: What is digital history (Delaware Room)

  • Welcome (Seth Denbo, AHA Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives)

  • Introducing digital history (Seth Denbo  and Kalani Craig)

  • National Endowment for the Humanities – Office of Digital Humanities (Jen Serventi)


The speakers and workshop attendees are almost ready to begin!




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