Project Requirements:

Little Odd Histories” Omeka Project:

Choose a short historical topic from the list below or have one approved by Professor Walters by the end of class time on Tuesday, May 28th.  Using university databases, the Library of Congress, and Google Search (images must be labeled for reuse), choose at least six items that relate to your topic and aid in telling your topic’s “story.” Look to your class notes for information on selecting items for your exhibit.

Item Requirements:

  • Metadata must be filled out completely and properly—use your class handout for instructions.
  • Descriptions for each item need to be detailed enough for search use, but succinct.
  • You will be evaluated on how well you fill out your metadata and accuracy.
  • Your items must directly relate to your exhibit topic.

Page Requirements:

  • All entries must be cited using the Chicago Manuel of Style. Give proper credit for where you find information for you exhibit topic.
  • You must have at least 1 introductory page, 2 informational pages, and 1 conclusion page in your exhibit.
  • Your entries cannot follow a blog-style format. They must be professionally/academically written. Check for compound sentences, grammar errors, and style.
  • Each page has a 400-word minimum and a 1,000-word maximum.

Possible Topics:

  • Glass Coffins
  • The World’s Oldest Ham
  • History of the Vibrator
  • Peter Francisco, “The Virginia Giant”
  • Dinosaur Land
  • Boston Molasses Flood
  • Half Hang it Maggie
  • Disney’s “America”
  • Centralia, PA
  • The Brazen Bull
  • Michel Ney
  • Andrew Jackson’s Parrot
  • Shadrack Furman
  • State of Franklin
  • Tangier Island
  • Danville Public Library, 1960
  • The Waterford News
  • Hurricane Camille, Nelson County, Virginia

Omeka Tutorial Handout: 

Story Map JS

Choose a short historical topic that can be explained with the visual aid of maps. Using university databases, physical resources in Fenwick library, and credible online sources, research the history of your topic and how it is effected by “space.” 

Project will be due by the start of class, Tuesday June 18th.


  • The historical topic you choose must have events that occur in at least 8 different locations. These locations can be regional, national, or global.
  • Your project must have at least 11 slides
    • One introductory page
    • 8 location pages
    • One conclusion page
    • One bibliography page
  • All information must be properly cited using the Chicago Manual of Style. You must have these citations in your bibliography page. Internal citations should be in CMS format. Example: (Author, Page#) (Seal, 234).
  • All entries cannot follow a blog, style format. It must be professionally/academically written. Points will be deducted for grammatical errors and style
  • Each entry must be between 200-300 words
  • 9 pages must include one image with proper credit given to your original source. This includes introduction through content pages. You do not have to have an image for your conclusion or bib page.

Examples of Histories that can be mapped:

  • Regimental
  • Social Movements
  • Immigration
  • Family Genealogy**
    • If you choose this options, it has to be based on historical fact and documents
  • Travel Narratives