Awarded Honorable Mention: Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities

  • Posted on: 13 November 2018

Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations: Tennesseans’ Search for Citizenship, Community, and Opportunity, was selected as an Honorable Mention for the Garfinkel Prize Award.The award was presented at the Digital Humanities Caucus Business Meeting at the American Studies Association conference on November 9, 2018. According to the DH Caucus website, the Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities is an award that honors caucus founder Susan Garfinkel for her longstanding service to the caucus and her commitment to an inclusive, interdisciplinary, welcoming Digital Humanities. The annual award recognizes excellent work at the intersection of American Studies and Digital Humanities.


"Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations Focuses on Citizenship" -- Southern Rambles

  • Posted on: 11 July 2017

Dr. Susan Knowles, Project Historian for Trials, Triumphs, and Tranformations and Digital Humanities Research Fellow at the Center for Historic Preservation (CHP), has written and excellent overview and history of the project at the CHP blog Southern Rambles. Knowles writes, in part,

Over the past year, with direction and guidance from CHP Director Dr. Carroll Van West, our colleagues at Walker Library have added new content to the Trials and Triumphs primary source digital collection that first went live in 2014. Digital Projects Librarian Ken Middleton and I visited repositories and contacted librarians, archivists, and curators at institutions large and small. What we found has doubled the size of the initial collection as we worked with another sixteen partner institutions.

During 2016-2017, Dr. West added a new scholarly essay, Web Services Librarian Amy York designed an attractive and lively new Web site, and interactive data visualizations were created to enhance several research threads in the historical content. Teaching with Primary Sources–MTSU Graduate Research Assistant Ethan Holden drafted a new  accompanied by an interactive map designed by Kelli Gibson, CHP graduate research assistant for digital projects.

See more of Dr. Knowles' article on the project at Southern Rambles


Tennessee Green Book StoryMap

  • Posted on: 25 May 2017

Kelli Gibson, graduate assistant at the Center for Historic Preservation (CHP), has created a Storymap for this website based on the Tennessee Green Book, which "listed accommodations, restaurants, and other businesses willing to serve African American travelers during segregation." The StoryMap, titled Jim Crow and the American Road Trip: Tennessee Green Book Sites, is an interactive guide through Tennessee lodgings that accomodated African Americans from the late 30s through the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The StoryMap features images of buildings and city maps, as well as narration. There is also a companion lesson plan. Learn more about Kelli's research on the Green Book on the CHP Southern Rambles blog. 



Research Trip to Giles County for Trials Expansion

  • Posted on: 19 January 2017

Dr. Susan Knowles of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation (CHP) and Ken Middleton, Digital Projects Librarian at MTSU, have been canvassing the state for materials to add to this collection, now titled Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations (emphasis added). Recently, they have gone north to Robertson and Montgomery counties, and south through Williamson and Giles Counties. Read all about their adventures, and the rich history they uncovered, on the CHP blog, Southern Rambles.

As Knowles explains, the expanded collection "will show how Tennesseans embraced scientific progress along with newly patented machines and modern methods in agriculture and industry."

The Robertson County History Museum is housed in Springfield’s former post office; on right is part of the museum’s tobacco industry display. Image by Susan K. Knowles, first published on Southern Rambles

Source: Knowles, Susan. Southern Rambles, January 19, 2017.