Proposal – (About half a page of your proposal for your final project).
For your proposal please go over Chapter 4 (Collecting History), Chapter 5 (Interpreting History), Chapter 6 (Engaging Audiences), and Chapter 7 (Case Studies from the Field) to gain ideas for your own Final Project.
Your issue is to address a historical event/person/community… that you wish to present in a new light. It is to be from North American history of the last 500 years, or less. If you wish to choose another region (but same perod), you’ll need approval from the instructor.
In your proposal for your Final Project use principles from the above-stated chapters as a basis, and issues such as the example of giving due prominence and provenance as seen in dealing with the photograph of Christian Fleetwood in the Smithsonian, pp. 63-65; or Jim Kepner’s personal book collection becoming of wide public interest, pp. 66; Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Chile, pp. 84-89; or Museum of disABILITY, p.p. 101-102; or Hystorypin project in London, pp. 102; or Follow the North Star, pp. 143-147; or Manzanar, pp147-154; etc.
These should be a good inspiration for you to choose a topic of your interest to be your final project idea, an issue that needs to be revisited/re-interpreted/re-presented/re-packaged differently then it was proffered to the public thus far.
Your virtual museum is to be one of the following: a museum, an open-air museum, an exhibit (installed in a building, open-air), a historic house, a monument, a heritage trail, etc.
Utilize concepts and examples from Marjorie Schwarzer’s monograph. For example, will you charge admission to your museum? Chapter – People and Money discusses the issue from a certain perspective.
Your proposal is to be up to half a page long.
Your Final Project will be a presentation of your virtual space on 8-10 PowerPoint pages of images and text (at the bottom, on the side, with explanation, and in-text citation.
Bibliography (work cited) is to be at the end (the last page of PowerPoint or a weblink if a website or a blog).
B) Annotated Bibliography: a list of at least 8 resources used to buttress your research (that pertain to your chosen virtual exhibit/final project): out of those 8 at least 2 references to the material in Lyons, and at least 1 from Schwarzer, and 1 from Hinton. For example, your exhibition on women’s rights is informed on the example of the Museum of Human Rights in Santiago (Lyons xx).
The remainder (at least 4) are to be from other relevant academic sources you will be using, and other examples/web sources that will inspire your work.
The annotation is not to be on the whole work (the whole book), but on the very section/even paragraph of the chapter in a book (source) that you specifically find useful and want to use/utilize/mirror/build on… in your Final Project.
Examples (general overview): https://www.trentu.ca/history/how-write-annotated-bibliography
Sample (with explanation): https://www.trentu.ca/history/node/161
C) Virtual Presentation Day of your Draft – please upload in the separate link in discussions for all of us to view on that day, and subsequently comment on each other’s work, and reply to comments there too. Your work exhibit/museum/museum wing/open-air museum/heritage walk, etc either on PowerPoint, artspaces kunstmatrix, Prezi, blog, website, etc.
For useful tips seeTED’s Secrets to a Great Presentation: https://apps.apple.com/us/story/id1463898457
D) You will submit a finished – in Blackboard (in a separate link will open for submission, only for the instructor to see/grade, and also in discussions for your class colleagues to see).
Ideas for Proposal/Final ProjectIdeas for Proposal/Final Project
Besides our readings, I’ll list some successful Final Project themes from students that have taken this course:
Harriet Tubman Bus – a traveling exhibition, on a bus, going from school to school and inviting schoolchildren to come in and view/engage with an interactive exhibit.
Bracero Project – seasonal farm and plantation workers from Mexico (exhibit at the Rio Vista Farm)
Central Park’s Seneca Village – an open-air exhibit of structures from what used to be an African American neighborhood before it was raised in order for Central Park to be planted.
Loving vs. Virginia – love and laws against interracial marriage story from the 1960s (wall exhibit in NJCU Student Union)
Driving While Black – the Green Book experiences, from grandparents, community, and the movie (web link)
Forgotten Subway Disaster and Safety Today – on the Malbone Street Train Wreck (website link part of MTA website, link on past and safety)
Manzanar – a virtual museum on the Japanese-American internment experience
Hip-Hop Museum – a traveling installation showcasing African American music and art from the last decades, and highlighting the alternative and sidelined culture and experience of the Black youth of the Bronx, and the Boroughs
Newark ’67 – race and urban housing and labor issues revisited – website
Natives Peoples, Immigrants, and
Second Generation Communities of Elizabeth, NJ – online exhibition of less known history and cases of cooperation and integration