Historical Agricultural News @ Digitorium // 11.09.18
Dr. Amy Giroux is a member of CHDR and this October at the Digitorium Conference at the University of Alabama she presented a workshop with Marcy L. Galbreath from the UCF Department of Writing and Rhetoric on their project, Historical Agricultural News (HAN), which is a digital archive built on the newspaper data from the Library of Congress project Chronicling America. The HAN archive cataloged primary sources of agricultural news, the search engine builds results on a subset of data composed of articles rather than pages. These articles were acquired using a unique algorithm that captured any article-level content related to agriculture organization keywords. Dr. Galbreath's portion of the workshop examined how HAN offers a method to chart transmission of progressive agricultural practices and historical immigration debates. Dr. Giroux's section demonstrated how data exports from HAN can be analyzed with the data mining tool, Orange, to examine the sentiment of articles concerning immigrant farm workers.
Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive // 10.25.18
A project supported by both CHDR and the Department of English at UCF, the Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive serves as a repository of biographical, critical, and contextual materials related to Hurston's life and work. Probably the most significant collector and interpreter of Southern, African American culture, Zora is the dominant female voice of the Harlem Renaissance era. In her works, she celebrated her hometown, Eatonville, as representative of this rural life and culture. UCF’s proximity to Eatonville gives us unique access to people who knew Hurston, and historical artifacts related to her work in Florida. As we prepare for the 30th anniversary of the ZORA! Festival this coming winter, join us for events on campus starting this week and then the festival itself, which takes place in Eatonville from January 26th to February 3rd.
Communication Networks and the Dynamics of Migration, 1630-1730 // 10.18.18
Dr. Rosalind Beiler's project, Communication Networks and the Dynamics of Migration, 1630-1730, examines the evolution of communication networks among religious dissenters in England and continental Europe. It argues that Quakers, Mennonites and Pietists began corresponding with like-minded believers to address persecution beginning in the 1630s and 1650s. Quaker missionaries expanded and connected these contacts, creating trans-cultural, ecumenical networks that quickly became conduits for information about colonization and migration opportunities. The interconnected webs religious dissenters crafted provided access to new groups of potential immigrants from continental Europe to the British colonies. By uncovering these networks and examining what was at stake for those who used them, the book reveals one set of dynamics behind the growing diversity of the British American colonies in the eighteenth century. This project is being supported by CHDR and will result in a project website.
UCF and the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium hosted the conference, Nov 2-4 2017. Please access the link below for detailed conference information.
Veterans Legacy Program // 03.09.17
UCF's History Department and CHDR received a NCA contract to memorialize veterans in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Please access the link below for more information.
Historical Agricultural News // 07.25.16
This project won second place in the National Endowment for the Humanities 2016 Chronicling America Data Challenge. Please access the link below for more information.