This will be the final post of History 396. It was a very interesting semester, to say the least. I was not sure what to expect out of the class. But overall, I was not disappointed. We learned a lot of fascinating material, and how to use fun websites like Omeka, and Map JS. My favorite tools for that I had learned this year was from the day that we learned about Wordle, and the New York Times Chronicle. I didn’t know websites like these existed, and it really is a great way to find information about history, and what was being talked about during specific time periods. Although, it is accurate to say that we kind of went off-track with what we searched on the NY Times website. I am not sure how I would build upon this course. Digitizing History is a very interesting course. However, with the way technology is, changing everyday, I believe it would be difficult to stick to one specific formula to teach Digital History on.
Overall I thought the project went very well. I believe that our group had a very good chemistry, and there weren’t many outstanding issues that we had encountered. I believe the toughest part of the project was filling out the Dublin Core on Omeka. We also ran into some issues with the timeline because our information would not show up on Omeka after typing it up. But I can personally say on my part, that the research aspect, and the creation of the website was pretty forward, and simple. I would have liked to get more pictures on the inside of the Safe Store. Most of the pictures were of its employees, which was ok, but I wish there were more pictures of the actual building. Koch’s Brewery was not as difficult to find. Pictures from the Historical Society were in abundance, which made things fairly easy. I was very happy with the amount of information available about both buildings that I did my research on.
I thought we were well prepared by the course to complete the project. Our main piece of the project was the Omeka website, which I believed we all learned to use quite well. Without learning how to use Omeka during the semester, this project would have been a lot more difficult for everyone involved. I think the fact that our group had Paul, a resident of the Dunkirk Community, made things a lot easier to handle. If at any point I felt nervous about the information, or pictures I had gathered, it was a reassuring to know that Paul was there, and knew so much about his home town, to really help weed out the important, and non-important information.
I thought we were able to complete the aspects of our contract. We all were able to do our work in a timely matter, and I think everything was done very well. We all had very good information, and fascinating pictures of our buildings. I also think the layout of our website was done very well. I thought the website was easy to navigate, and gave a lot of information that anyone interested in Lost Dunkirk would find to be helpful. I also believed that we were able to create the website in a way that the historians in the future, can build upon. There are many buildings that have been long gone in Dunkirk, and I hope the future students build upon it.
I had a lot of fun this semester, and I am glad I got to work with the colleagues I was assigned with. I thought this class was very informative, and exciting.