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Resources for Learning

The modules in the guide below are still in development, in part to adapt to an online learning environment necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For educators interested in involving advanced high school and college students in place-based archival preservation, these stand-alone modules can be adopted for online learning environments or adapted for in-class teaching. For community members interested in becoming citizen historians, these guides can help you become acquainted with the basics of historical and archival practice. We will continually add more resources so please check back in.  

The heart of this project is youth and their participation in preserving the past and the memories of community elders. The research and technical tools for the project has been student driven. Please take the time to explore their work in the student outcomes section below.

What is History?
Why Does History Matter?
An Introduction to Cataloguing
Student Outcomes
Student Outcomes

Watch Sonali Mirpuri describe her senior thesis on the Ben Ali family and their iconic business, based in part on oral histories she conducted for this project.

Sonali Thesis

Watch Julian Dowell discuss and demonstrate the mobile application he and Femi Orisamolu built as a tool for people to experience the history of U Street and as a data capture tool to become citizen-historians themseves. The mobile app will be available through the Apple Store shortly.

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Julian app demo
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