Finding Waldo and other Camouflaged Items

When I first began researching rodeo cowgirls for my dissertation, one archivist told me to quit. She said I was looking for a needle in a haystack and I would not find sources adequate for a dissertation on women. Not to be deterred by one grump, I continued looking. It hasn’t been easy, and not … Continue reading Finding Waldo and other Camouflaged Items

Leading Ladies Necessary for Oaters’ Success

Magers, Boyd and Michael G. Fitzgerald, Westerns Women: Interviews with 50 Leading Ladies of Movie and Television Westerns from the 1930s to the 1960s.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1999. Many people fondly recall having seen their favorite Western as a kid, perhaps at a local theater for the matinee. In addition, when asking … Continue reading Leading Ladies Necessary for Oaters’ Success

Rodeo’s Deeply Rooted Patriotism

Some of the best rodeos of the season are on the July schedule. True, it is hotter than blazes in some areas where rodeos show during the summer, but it doesn’t seem to deter the crowds, perhaps because of the ice cream, snow cones, and frozen lemonades now available at the concession stands, but more … Continue reading Rodeo’s Deeply Rooted Patriotism

A Tale of Two Conferences, and Mythbusting

Recently I traveled to present my research and I decided to make use of the travel delays to reflect on the questions discussed in the digital history class I'm taking, specifically those that pertain to how digital history fits into the profession today.  The uncertainty of how digital history is changing academic practices extends beyond the classroom … Continue reading A Tale of Two Conferences, and Mythbusting

How an NEH Sponsored Digital Project Changed the Way America Mourns and Memorializes Tragedy

Last week a colleague asked me about the Digital History class I am taking; he said, "Isn't digital history really just data management?" At first his comment made sense; an important part of digital history is selection and presentation of resources.  But the "history" criterion requires some element of interpretation.  This led me to search … Continue reading How an NEH Sponsored Digital Project Changed the Way America Mourns and Memorializes Tragedy

Link to Rural Women’s Studies and Writing in the Digital Age

It must be a blue moon - rarely does perfect timing occur in my busy life, but today was one of those rare occasions.  Grappling with how my work will fit into Digital History and given my own concerns about publishing in non-traditional formats, while reading Writing History in the Digital Age by Jack Dougherty & … Continue reading Link to Rural Women’s Studies and Writing in the Digital Age

Book Review and Application

Dougherty, Jack and Kristen Nawrotzki, eds., Writing History in the Digital Age.  Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2013. Two concerns often heard about Digital History involve credibility and protection against plagiarism. The first issue is currently being addressed through a peer review system for some online journals, and may expand as more universities … Continue reading Book Review and Application

Troubles editing Wiki for Digital Methods class

When looking for an article to edit for this assignment, I of course looked to my interests: rodeo, Team Penning, historical cowgirls.  But, after having read the assigned article by Timothy Messer-Kruse, "The 'Undue Weight' of Truth on Wikipedia," I really worried about whether or not any changes I made would be accepted by the … Continue reading Troubles editing Wiki for Digital Methods class