By 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 21 

Post your audio production (hosted on Soundcloud) to the course blog. Write an updated statement of at least 300 words about how this approach to storytelling might be used to make an historical argument. Be as precise and specific as you can, but also be imaginative about the directions you can go. Refer back to the comments we’ve left on your posts for class Monday, and to the discussion we had  in class.

By 11:59 pm on Friday, November 23

Leave a substantive comment on the post of one of your classmates. This comment should ask a question or in some other way build upon the work of the original poster.

By 5:50 pm on Monday, November 26 

The evolving possibilities of public history.


Each group should be prepared to:
  • Share with the class your updated inventory of assets and primary sources.
  • Articulate, even in draft form, what your historical argument is.

We are three weeks away from when your final project is due. If we do not feel that you are making sufficient progress, we will require a more formal post prior to Wednesday’s class.


Audio project proposals

  • Workshop selected posts
  • Clarify instructions for production

Public History – Reading

Anne Trubek, “A City’s History, Made Mobile,” Yahoo News, June 6, 2012.

  • What is public history?
    • what are some of the tensions between public history and “academic history”?
  • Cleveland Historical – mobile app
    • Developed by the Center for Public History and the Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University
    • Geo-located entries, GPS automatically locates text, photos, and videos
    • Uses Omeka (4 minute “What is Omeka” video), Curatescape
    • Community storytelling
    • Wide collaboration across individuals, community organizations, educational institutions, etc.
    • Review current state of project on Cleveland Historical website
  • Related examples

Blogs@Baruch Q&A



Not many people are familiar with the sounds of the ocean, 100 miles from shore, and the sound of reels screaming while tuna fishing out there. I will be producing a short audio recording from one of my tuna trips out of the eastern tip of Long Island (have some of them on video).  I will be using my mac, and the software is audacity. This approach to story telling can offer a very “real” experience of a certain event and the listeners may be able to get a better thrill hearing this aspect rather than reading about it or seeing pictures.


Reading, due by class time on Monday:

Nov 19: The goals of public history

Audio Assignment

You will choose and do an assignment from the DS106 Audio Assignment Bank. This project can be related or unrelated to your group project.

Here is a guide to producing audio.

By 8:00 am on Monday, November 19, write a post that includes the following:

  1. Which audio assignment will you be doing.
  2. What hardware and software will you be using.
  3. A statement about how this approach to storytelling might be used to make an historical argument.

By 5:50 pm on Wednesday, November 21, post your audio production (hosted on Soundcloud) to the course blog along with an updated statement about how this approach to storytelling might be used to make an historical argument.