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January 19, 2023

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UNC History Community,

We hope everyone is having a great week so far. Here is the latest news in digital history and some updates from the DHL!

1. Curating your Online Presence

Professor John Sweet on Tuesday, January 24th to discuss curating your online presence! Presentations will focus on promoting your work through various digital marketing strategies.

We hope to see you in Pauli Murray Hall, Room 569 on Tuesday! Please email with any questions

2. Federal Indian Day Schools*

Researchers at Queen’s University and Trent University in Ontario, Canada are collaborating to document the history of so-called Federal Indian Day Schools in Canada. These schools operated under the Canadian government between the mid-nineteenth century into the early 2000s, and “students who attended these schools were subject to sexual, physical and psychological abuse and forced to abandon their language and culture,” according to former Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett. The map compiles information on known schools and any available files on them. You can visit the project here.

*These schools were named in the 19th century and use terminology to describe First Nations and indigenous peoples in the territory known as Canada that is outdated, though the research team decided to maintain the official government title from the period for this project. These schools are also often referred to as “residential schools” and are understood to be part of Canada’s colonial education system. The work is being done at institutions located on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee.

3. Digitized Aleutian Recordings

Nearly 50 years ago, students in Unalaska, Alaska made a series of tapes to preserve Unangax̂ culture and history in the Aleutian region of the country. This past year, professors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks undertook a project to digitize these tapes and archive them in a digital collection known as the “Cuttlefish Series.” You can peruse the collection here.

4. Canvas Technical Support 

Faculty and graduate students, if you would like to schedule an appointment regarding the transition to Canvas, please click 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, Madeleine, & Sarah)

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