History/American Studies

Project summary

Prof. Kathryn Morse

Vermont Life’s Vermont:  A Collaborative Web Project

Course Description: Students in this course work collaboratively to build an online history project aimed at a wide audience. The goal is to construct a website that examines the evolution of historical images and the meaning of the state over time, paying particular attention to consumerism, the environment, tourism, urban-rural contrasts, local food movements, and ways that race, class, and gender influence all of these.

StoryMap Assignment: Tell a story about change over time in the Burlington Lakeside neighborhood. It should have 5 or 6 entries, each one of which makes a particular observation that moves forward your narrative of change in the Lakeside neighborhood. As an alternative, you could focus on one map and highlight what that map reveals about the neighborhood at a particular moment in time. Students are given several maps ranging from 1890-1942 and some census forms from the early twentieth century. They are not expected to cover the entire 52-year period of the maps. Students are free to find and use other documents.