[Slides] The Peculiar History of Democracy in Rhode Island: 1636 – 2004

All politics is local quipped Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil; Rhode Island being the consummate exception that proves the rule. Democratic almost to the point of anarchy in the 17th century, Rhode Island was roundly condemned as far too democratic in colonial times. One of the original innovators of two-party politics before the Revolution, as a state the[…]

[Slides] Bring History to the Classroom: Marketing your Historical Society or Museum to Teachers

Many museums, historic sites and historical societies are missing great opportunities for exposure andpatrons by not marketing to schools in a more effective manner. Many schools are facing tough choiceswith smaller budgets and needs with Common Core, while some institutions cannot fit entire grades withintheir space, this program will walk you through overcoming these obstacles[…]

[Video] Free Advertising: Popular Magazines and World War II Bond Drives

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-fYC093p8U] Even before America’s entry into World War II, the US Treasury reorganized the nation’s savings bond program in an effort to raise money for defense and to give citizens a stake in their country. While the Treasury Department, Office of War Information, and other government agencies worked together to develop marketing strategies for the bond program, private[…]

[Video] How the Patriots Almost Lost the Battle of Saratoga: Yankee-Yorker Jealousy in the Commissary Department

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVdf3-SKIBE] Historians refer to Saratoga as the turning point of the American War for Independence. However, the Patriots almost lost this important battle. This talk will discuss how regional jealousies between New Englanders and New Yorkers contributed to the Patriots’ loss of  Canada and to their slow response to Burgoyne’s march to Albany. Presenter: Liz Covart, Uncommonplace Book

[Slides] Institutional Memory: Using Oral History to Capture an Organization’s History and Culture

Organizations are like living organisms, they have a identity, a culture and a history. This session will cover how to conduct an oral history project for an organization from identifying potential interviewees,creation of deed of gift to transcription and preservation. Examples will be provided and how to learn about an organizations culture and instuitional memory. Presenter:  Erik Bauer (@hipster818) 

[Video] The Boston Bankruptcy That Led to the American Revolution

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVpuNmu5j9U] In early 1765, Boston’s business world was rocked with the news that Nathaniel Wheelwright could not pay all his debts. His promissory notes had been treated as virtual currency in the colony, and over the next several months many more people, from a Boston selectman to the mother of Dr. Joseph Warren,were forced into bankruptcy. This[…]

[Video] Employment options for history lovers: A panel discussion

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apaODQRk2vM] Moderator: Lee Wright, The History List. Panelists: Erik Bauer(@hipster818), archivist, Peabody Institute Library Alli Rico(@alli_rico), grad student, Harvard Museum Studies program; volunteer,Waterworks Museum  Mark Kenneth Gardner(@HistoryGardner), archivist, Western Rhode Island CivicHistorical Society; History Teacher, Chariho Regional High School   Thomas Ketchell, co-founder of education organization Hstry, with a BA in History  Matt Wilding, former Freedom Trail Foundation guide and currently content[…]

[Slides] How mixing social media & history can create an online audience for your institution, organization or historical work

This session will explore various case studies on how museums and cultural heritage sites have used the power of social media to drive traffic from digital to physical. Thomas will also share his experiences of creating a compelling historical story for 21st century audiences. Presenter: Thomas Ketchell, co-founder ofHstry