At present the challenges I face are trying to make the website more appealing to users. I would like to alter the font style and size of text on the website, and imbed some background images the website page header, but I cannot figure out how to do that in Omeka (though a website created by the Rosenzweig Center about the Russian gulag system used the same Omeka theme, and utilizes the kinds of stylistic aspects I aspire to for my site). I also would like to create a space on the website where users could leave moderated feedback. I think there could be appeal in the site’s presenting a sort of “fact versus myth” approach, but in order to do that I need to locate more items that lend themselves to categorization as a “myth.” At present there seem more mythical stories, memories, or beliefs about the underground railroad, than places and people, which are two of the exhibits that I have created. I installed a geomapping plugin and have plotted the locations of several items in the collection. I would like to plot additional places, especially any “mythical” underground railroad sites I can identify.
Early challenges in developing my Western Illinois underground railroad website
Feedback from potential users of a proposed digital history project on Western Illinois’ Underground RailroadFeedback from potential users of a proposed digital history project on Western Illinois’ Underground Railroad
I’m thinking of a digital history projects that develops an open-access website that maps various kinds of evidence of the Western Illinois region’s underground railroad history and its possible ties
Conceptualizing my Western Illinois underground railroad website, part IConceptualizing my Western Illinois underground railroad website, part I
This project will develop a website that traces the history and mythology of the famous Underground Railroad (UGRR). The project focuses on a fairly restricted geographic region, Western Illinois. This
Traces of Western Illinois’ Underground Railroad: Project Argument, Justifications, and Evaluation MethodologyTraces of Western Illinois’ Underground Railroad: Project Argument, Justifications, and Evaluation Methodology
This project argues that an underground railroad existed in Western Illinois (WIURR), and that understanding of it is enhanced by its interpretation through a multi-faceted, interactive digital history platform. The