Intro part 2

After reading a couple of the other blog posts, I decided I wanted to add to my intro and add to my thoughts on digital history.   I went to college the first time in the early 1980’s and there was no interest and in many ways no computers to use for doing research or even writing up essays and papers.   I am astounded at how many resources are now available online and I am excited about learning about the ways to access and search through them.    

One of the issues that concerns me is accuracy and truthfulness.  I always worry about the accuracy of any information I find  – whether on or off the internet.  I love working with the objects that museums collect and I love the stories and histories they hold.  I want to share those stories and help people understand that an object is more than just a thing it’s a link to our past.  Surveys have shown that people trust museums the most in terms of truthfulness and accuracy.  Whenever I present information to the public through exhibits or tours or programming, I try to be extra-diligent in making sure that I present as truthful and accurate information as possible.  

I love the possibilities that digital technology presents to the museum field but we have to be careful not to become overdependent on it and lose focus on the actual objects and their stories.

 

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Introduction

My name is Debbie and I am obviously the non-traditional student in the class.   This is my first semester at UMBC and I am a history major.  I also volunteer at the Baltimore Museum of Industry and am a consultant for a small historical society in Anne Arundel County.   My goal is to get my Master’s Degree in Public History and return to full-time museum work.    My personal historical area of interest is fashion and fashion history.

I think digital history is the use of digital technology to gather and store information from as many resources as possible to provide better access so those resources and information can be researched, interpreted and shared (often via digital technology).