First of all, the 40th Anniversary online exhibit is looking good and is ready enough to be viewed! To check it out for yourself click here: preservation40.com. Please feel free to let me know what you like, dislike or think could be improved or expanded upon. Public history is all about connecting with the public and knowing how the audience best learns and gains from the work including exhibits, literature, programs, etc. There is no point in interpreting and presenting history to the public if the audience doesn’t enjoy or learn from it! So comment on the pages of the website itself, comment on this blog post, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments, concerns, complaints, or suggestions!
The sections of the online exhibit on adaptive reuse, art exhibits and music, community events, educational programming, and historic exhibits were the sections I worked on while PSCH Through the Years was put together by fellow intern Ben based on the souvenir yearbook he created for the Preservation Society’s 40th Anniversary Celebration back in September. I recommend starting with the tab on adaptive reuse and the history of the Horace Williams House if you are not familiar with it already. The other tabs simply give examples of how the house has been used over the Preservation Society’s history. Finally, the PSCH Through the Years gives an overview of the important preservation projects the society has accomplished.
Other than finishing up the online exhibit and scanning a few remaining photos, I will soon (hopefully) be beginning a new and exciting project. I don’t have many details yet except it would be an oral history project in which I talk with and learn from a former resident of one of the historic homes of Chapel Hill. I will be learning more about the process of carrying out an oral history project and then contacting the individual to get started. I am excited about the project and really hope it comes to fruition as I would get to learn a valuable new skill and learn more about a house the society is trying to save. I think it would be a very valuable experience.