Posts Tagged ‘Introduction’

First, Introductions…

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Hello fellow digital history adventurers, and welcome to my blog. My name is Mary Ann, and I am a junior History and International Affairs double major here at UMW. I’ve loved history, especially American history, since I was a little kid traipsing around the backyard in one of my grandmother’s old, long skirts pretending I was on the Oregon Trail, so I was lucky in that deciding to be a history major came very easily to me. I can’t imagine myself studying anything else. But I also have a longstanding love affair with travel, an interest further solidified during my semester abroad. I spent the Fall 2009 semester living and attending classes in Salzburg, Austria, and those three months were full of all kinds of moments, both eye-opening and just plain silly, that I’ll never forget. I’ve been back here in the States for a month now, but it’s still a bit surreal to be able to read a newspaper without a dictionary nearby or walk to class without the steady drone of church bells in the background.

At the prompting of my family and friends, I kept a blog to document and share my experiences in Europe while I was there. I ended up having a lot of fun with the project and really enjoyed tinkering with some of the technology involved, so when I saw that a digital history course was being offered this semester it seemed a good opportunity to become more fluent in the crazy language of technology and to learn how it can be applied to the study and presentation of history. There is so much going on out there that just isn’t covered in a normal lecture-based class. Plus, in the handful of resource materials that I read describing the class, Dr. McClurken seemed very enthusiastic about the course, which was intriguing. I’m looking forward to working with my group members to tackle our project centered on the collection of old photographs of the people and places of UMW. Multiple people have now told us that we’re pretty much entering unchartered territory with this assignment, which is rather scary, but I think that suits the nature of digital history and should make our work this semester all the more interesting.