Since this course began at Chapel Hill in 2008, students have contributed to and created a significant body of online public historical work. Some of the best of that work is showcased below:
Blue Ridge Parkway Projects
From 2009-12 History 671 students contributed original research and writing to Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway in the form of the following illustrated “overlook” essays:
- Behind the Scenes of the “Scenic”: An Unnatural Road in a Staged Landscape by Hélène Ducros
- For the Benefit of the Public: Competition between Tourism and Lumber in Pisgah by Andrew Wells
- Logging, Tourism, and the Blue Ridge Parkway in Linville, North Carolina by Samantha Leonard with Ben Beidler and Morgan E. Jones. Edited by David Whisnant
- MISSION 66 and the Blue Ridge Parkway by Daniele Lauro
- Photographer Spotlight: Abbie Rowe by Meghan Cunningham, Justin Hui, Samantha Leonard, and Jacqui Moskel. Edited by Anne Mitchell Whisnant
- Reinterpreting the Caudill Cabin by Cassandra McGuire
- The View from Little Switzerland by Sarah Forzetting
- We Drivers: Alleghany County’s New Relationship with the Automobile by Michael Penny
- Women’s Groups and Memorial Forests Along the Parkway by Shannon Harvey
In 2013, with the aid of Pamella Lach in the UNC Digital Innovation Lab, students built a freestanding historical exhibit, The Unbuilt Blue Ridge Parkway.
Campus History Projects
From 2015-17, students conducted research, wrote essays, and developed original data visualizations for two exhibits about campus history:
The instructions for students for the 2015 version of this project may be seen here.