Here are some examples of assorted types of work, including papers, Omeka Digital Collections, and StoryMaps, that I have created over the course of my undergraduate and graduate studies or internships or jobs.
(The papers seem to only properly display in some browsers. They do not seem to display in Google Chrome, but do display properly in Microsoft Edge, and are able to be downloaded in all).
A paper written for a graduate Historic Preservation economics class on Catholic pilgrimages and economic development, specifically looking at sustainable economic development driven by European Catholic pilgrimage routes and sites and what has been done, or what can be done similarly, in the US, particularly in light of the effects and revelations of a global pandemic.
Here is a paper completed for a 300-level undergraduate art history course, which explored different art history theories and methodologies, looking at reception theory and using it to analyze the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral.
For the Honors Program thesis requirement, I wrote about Catholicism and Preservation. As part of the requirement, I had to present on my thesis at 2021 Research and Creativity Symposium. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each of the presenters, including myself, had to record a video of our presentations instead of presenting them live and in person.
The abstract of my presentation was:
The preservation of historic structures is a controversial subject, as though people and organizations generally do not seek to demolish the historic built environment, they may not choose to preserve those structures and sites either. This paper focuses on one organization that owns much many historic structures and sites: the Catholic Church. Through the analysis and comparison of case studies, this paper seeks to investigate and shed light on the reasons, associated factors, and underlying trends behind the choices the Catholic Church in the United States makes when it comes to historic preservation. Within this research is a focus on the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, the Catholic diocese in Northern Virginia that includes Fredericksburg, to examine these reasons and trends at a local level and see how this particular diocese compares to the nation’s dioceses as a whole.
Here is the link to the presentation I made for UMW’s Spring 2021 Research and Creativity Symposium. It may be best to turn on captions.
SketchUp and Sketchfab
Another project, for the same class, was to digitally reconstruct a lot’s buildings from a 1795 mutual assurance policy. Part of the policy I was assigned is below, as well as an image of my final result.
Here is the Omeka Digital Collection I worked on as part of a group for the HISP303: Archives & Society course in Fall 2020. For this course, the class looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic affected student life. Each group of students accumulated various digital items that documented this impact, each looking at a different aspect of life. My group looked at social life.
Click on the image of this webpage if you wish to go see it! To see the timeline that we made with the items, click on “Timeline” on the righthand side of the page.
Paris’ Medieval Churches
This is a KnightLab StoryMap I made for the final paper I wrote for the July 2019 study abroad trip I took to Paris, on the architectural history of Paris’s medieval churches (or really, the churches built before 1607) and how the churches reflect the city’s urban history. I supplemented the paper with this StoryMap, where I uploaded pictures of each of the churches (I visited all of them, except the inside of Notre-Dame due to the fire) and gave some information on them.
D.C.’s Historic Landmarks About To Wash Away
For the final project of the GIS class GISC 200: Introduction to GIS, I created this ArcGIS Online StoryMap of the DC Historic Landmarks that are at the most risk due to flooding and storm surges. All of my data came from opendata.dc.gov.
Click on the image of this StoryMap if you wish to go see it!
Social Media Posts
While interning for the Lee-Fendall House, I was in charge of creating weekly social media posts about items in the archaeological collection. Here are links to the posts I wrote (with some editing by Manager of Interpretation and my supervisor Amanda Roper) and took and found pictures for.
Here are a few examples of records I filled in in PastPerfect while interning at the Lee-Fendall House.
A couple blog posts I wrote while being a Digital Archiving Lab student aide
A webpage I made for an Urban History class. For the class, each student chose a topic and wrote a paper and made a webpage on the class website on a topic relating to urban history and the city the class chose. As a class, we chose Chicago, and I chose to research Chicago Catholic church architecture from the 1850s to 1924 and how it was influenced by the immigrants, and others, who built the churches.