Training: Digital History

The Guilbeau Center is hosting training sessions for students and faculty. This month, UL History alum Zachary Henry will be leading students and faculty through an orientation in creating podcasts. Next month Vermilionville Living History Museum’s collections manager, Maegan Smith, will provide a workshop on collections management software PastPerfect. In February, Dr. Brittany Cook offered introductions in ArcGIS for the department’s graduate students. We look forward to offering regular training sessions for the UL community every semester.

Exhibit: Sex, Race, & Rock ‘n’ Roll: Multicultural Europe in the Postwar 

Students in Prof. Franklin’s HIST 366 course on gender and race in postwar Europe completed creative “unessay” assignments on themes presented in our class on postwar Europe. Discussions about race, sex, gender, activism, empire, and intersectionality all informed students’ final projects. We thank the Friends of the Humanities for a generous grant that facilitated the development of this course.

Conference: Representing Enslavement

Registration and more info at:

“Representing Enslavement” is a short conference designed to bring together experts and practitioners in the public history of enslavement in Louisiana. Too often the deep history of enslavement in this region is twisted or erased in service of comfort and tourist dollars. The conference seeks to foreground the perspective of artists, museum professionals, academic historians, public historians, and organizers to make this history present in Lafayette and broader Acadiana. We hope to push for lasting changes in the way Louisianan’s represent the history of enslavement in the region and across the state. The conference is hosted by the Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

For questions, contact Dr. Ian Beamish at

Vermilionville History Harvest

Students in Dr. Petrou’s public history course, “Heritage and Memory in History Museums” volunteered at Vermilionville’s Veteran’s Day History Harvest last month. 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.

What is a History Harvest?

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] Since its creation the UNL History Department has held a number of harvests with various communities across the state of Nebraska and many other history departments and museums across the country have adopted UNL’s methods.   


A History Harvest is designed to connect museum professionals and historians with their communities local history by inviting the public to share their personal artifacts that may have until this point been “hidden” in their homes/attics but still hold historical significance. These artifacts may include letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, documents, art, textiles, three-dimensional objects, etc. according to the topic of the History Harvest. The goal is to document, collect information on, and digitize each of these artifacts to create an online collection that can later be used for further historical interpretation and public access. In the case of this History Harvest, the scans/photographs and information collected about each object will be added to the Louisiana Digital Library.

[1] Jones, Patrick. “History Harvest” (syllabus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 2012), Accessed on April 6, 2018,