History Harvests

Several of our history courses offer students the opportunity to put history to work in the community through history harvests. The concept of History Harvests started as an undergraduate history project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln about 10 years ago.

The students and professors at UNL wanted to create a program that was “…a collaborative effort aimed at uncovering, collecting, preserving, archiving, and sharing some of the many “hidden” historical treasures located right here in our own communities.”[1]

Faculty at UL Lafayette, including Thomas Cauvin, Marissa Petrou and Liz Skilton, use the history harvest format to produce community sourced histories of Acadians, World War II, traditional healing practices and natural disasters. Current history harvest projects include Oral Histories of Folk Medicine and Memories of Hurricane Harvey. The Guilbeau Center is also collaborating with School of Architecture and Design on oral histories of the Green Book in Louisiana.

History Harvests are also an excellent pedagogical tool for students of Public History. For example, students in Dr. Petrou’s public history course, “Heritage and Memory in History Museums” volunteered at Vermilionville’s Veteran’s Day History Harvest. Students were trained in marketing and outreach; photographing and scanning historical artifacts, inventorying historical artifacts, and interviewing the local communities members who generously brought their historical artifacts to share with the museums.

[1] Jones, Patrick. “History Harvest” (syllabus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 2012), Accessed on April 6, 2018, http://historyharvest.unl.edu/themes/harvest/resources/hh_syllabus_2012fall.pdf 


Memories of Hurricane Harvey

History Harvest and Museum on the Move Exhibit Fall 2019

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This semester our students will be working to create history through a 12-parish collections project focused on Hurricane Harvey’s impact on southwest Louisiana. Our researchers will be set up in the 12 parishes declared federal disaster zones in Louisiana. At each of these sites, they will collect oral history interviews and construct a mobile exhibit in the Department of History’s Museum on the Move Airstream trailer.

If you live in one of these parishes and experienced the impact or assisted others following Hurricane Harvey, consider coming out to share your story and participate in the exhibit! This research is part of the Recent Louisiana Disasters Oral History Project and is sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for Humanities, the UL Lafayette Department of History, the Guilbeau Center for Public History, the Center for Louisiana Studies, the Museum on the Move program, and our hosts in each parish. For more information on the project, contact Dr. Liz Skilton at skilton@louisiana.edu.

Memories of Hurricane Harvey Digital Upload

Have a photo, video, or other document you can send to us that shows the experience of Southwest Louisiana parishes with Hurricane Harvey? Share it with us!

This form will walk you through the upload process, asking you a few questions about the material you are submitting and making sure we have your info to contact you later if needed.

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Where are we Heading Next?

Listed here is our most up to date schedule on where Museum on the Move will be located this fall

Sept 28 Cameron Parish - Brown’s Food Center

Oct 4 Jeff davis parish - LSU AGCENTER fairgrounds

oct 6 acadia parish - kbon music festival

oct 12 calcasieu parish - Cental library

oct 13 vermillion parish - CAttle festival

oct 19 vernon parish - vernon parish library

oct 25 sabine parish - toledo bend tourist info center

nov 2 iberia parish - tbd

nov 9 beauregard parish - merryville historic museum

nov 10 allen parish - allen parish library (oberlin branch)

Watch us as we move! Track our airstream trailer here under special events chart services.