In the fall of 2016, the History program at the University of New Hampshire, Manchester, will launch Digital NH, a website that documents New Hampshire History. I built the website using open-source Curatescape and Omeka applications, along with some plug-ins. The website is hosted by Reclaim Hosting, a non-profit web hosting and domain service that caters primarily to academic, museum, and library clients.
The Digital NH website will debut in my fall Digital History course, but will be available as a teaching resource in other public history and methods courses. Students will first learn how to set up their own websites under my guidance. The individual student domains will serve as the start of their professional web presence, a digital sandbox to learn and practice DH skills, and ultimately, as a digital portfolio where they can show off their digital humanities work. As a final assignment, they will produce a credited mini-exhibit for the Digital NH website. The planned outcome is to give students some hands-on public and digital history experience, and to give them the confidence to seek out additional opportunities.