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October 28, 2022

UNC History Community,

Happy Halloween! Here is some digital history news going into the weekend.

1. Southern Oral History Program Spring 2023: Apply to join the Southern Oral History Program this spring! Selected interns will register in HIST 593 and receive 3 credit hours for the semester. Interning at the SOHP offers experiential education in the intellectual, organizational, and practical work of oral history. You will learn to do oral history interviews, contribute to a collaborative research project, and help this esteemed research center with programming, processing interviews, communications, and digital projects. Applications close November 4th at noon. Click through to apply

2. Hmong Heritage Project: North Carolina is home to the fourth largest population of Hmong people, a diasporic community from eastern and southeastern Asia that migrated to the United States in the wake of Vietnam War. DigitalNC and the Catawba County Library collaborated to preserve the history of this ethnic group through curating a digital collection of artifacts and oral histories. “I think it’s important for us as a county that we recognize all of the people in our county as we evolve,” said Siobhan Loendorf, Catawba county library director. “We’re a growing melting pot and we cannot ignore the contributions of this huge population and what they bring to us to make us a richer, stronger community, and we need to recognize it and celebrate it.” Read more about the project here.

3. Digital Preservation Policies: “It’s the first public statement of its kind for the Libraries and Penn State. It demonstrates a full-circle investment in the digital content lifecycle and will safeguard future investment in collection materials,” said digital preservation librarian Nathan Tallman. It has become a pressing issue in recent years as to how digital humanities work can be preserved, even as technology advances. PSU, and ten other universities, have established explicit guidelines as to how they will store their digital archives for posterity. You can find out more here.

Make sure to contact the Digital History Lab if there are any skills you want to learn, need support with your own digital history projects, or are interested in our podcast! 

Thanks for reading, 

The DHL Team (Cameron, Dustin, Madeleine, & Sarah) 

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