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North Texas History Harvest: A Reflection – Chelsea Stallings

The North Texas version of History Harvest was the first project carried out somewhere other than Nebraska, making it the first step towards a long-term goal envisioned when History Harvest was first created. As the primary coordinator of the inaugural … Continue reading

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Student Perspectives – Miles McClain

Over the course of my academic career at the University of Nebraska, no other experience rivaled the experience I had with the History Harvest project.  No other educational experience sparked my interest or helped me refine key skills quite like … Continue reading

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History Harvest Potential: Environmental History – Adam Hodge

As I finish teaching my first course ever (North American Environmental History), I have an opportunity to reflect on what I did and what I can do in the future to make the class engaging to undergraduates. Since nearly all … Continue reading

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Student Perspectives – Ali Bousquet

As a graduating senior my interest in the History Harvest class and project began with my desire for a hands-on experience doing history to cap off my career at UNL.  I felt a bit of a deficit in the concrete skills I … Continue reading

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Democratizing the past through experiential learning – William G. Thomas and Patrick D. Jones

To date, we have run four “history harvests” with both undergraduate and graduate students between 2010-2012. In what follows we reflect on our experience with The History Harvest and explore our rationale for democratizing history through new models of experiential … Continue reading

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Student Perspectives – Jessi Hare

The History Harvest project stands out as the most rewarding class I participated in during college.  Though challenging at times, it changed how I had been taught to learn about history.  The History Harvest taught me that history can be … Continue reading

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History as a Public Activity – Brian Sarnacki

Upon learning that I study history, people frequently reply “I love history!” and quickly share an anecdote from their favorite era. History pervades our bookstores, dominates best sellers lists, and fills our television and movie theater screens. Genealogy has become … Continue reading

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Engaging with Communities and their Histories – Michelle Tiedje

It’s hard to believe nearly three full years have passed since the first History Harvest. Held in May 2010, the first History Harvest was a partnership between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln History Department and NET Television that focused on railroad history. I recall working closely … Continue reading

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Community Partnerships and the History Harvest – Jim Beatty

Partnering with the History Harvest came at the right time for the Great Plains Black History Museum.  The GPBHM is a unique archive of African American history and experience in Nebraska and across the Great Plains.  The museum was established … Continue reading

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Project Management of a Digital Archive – Svetlana Rasmussen

As project manager for the Nebraska City History Harvest collection in 2012 I negotiated the transfer of artifacts from a community of collectors to a digital exhibit that preserves the collection while presenting it to communities across the nation and … Continue reading

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