History in Pictures

How can we as historians design an interactive digital tool that demonstrates our community’s influence on [a period in history]?

Social Studies
Key Content
history, primary sources, digital media
Old handwritten letters and papers are stuffed inside of a vintage handbag on a desk strewn with letters.

Students partner with a local institution (history museum, historical society, library, archive, or newspaper) to explore, research, and interpret primary source images and documents from a significant event or period in local history that connects to a larger historical moment or social movement (e.g., the Civil Rights movement, the Great Depression, or the Vietnam War). They examine primary source materials to build background knowledge and work together in teams to create an interactive museum app that provides context for the institution’s artifacts and connects them to the broader historical events and time period. (View a related project video.)