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The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

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"Driving Through Time" is made possible through grant funding. One such grant is the State Library of North Carolina's Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. On February 2nd, 2010 representatives from the State Library of North Carolina visited the "Diving Through Time" team for the mid-year monitoring site visit.

» Library Services and Technology Act presentation

Working with Teachers and Students to Curate Library Exhibits

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On February 11th, 2010 Elise Warshavsky, Project Manager of "Driving Through Time" gave a presentation to a group of librarians at North Carolina State University Library about working with Professors and classes to create content for a digital library project.

» North Carolina State University Library presentation

Beyond the Beauty: The Politics of Creating the Blue Ridge Parkway

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“Beyond the Beauty: The Politics of Creating the Blue Ridge Parkway,” was the keynote address at the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture K-12 workshop Not Just a Scenic Road: The Blue Ridge Parkway and Its History. Dr. Whisnant delivered the presentation at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC on July 5 and July 12, 2010.

» National Endowment for the Humanities lecture

From the “B” Drawer to the Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

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On July 8, 2010, Dr. Whisnant delivered the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lectureat Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. As part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway, she discussed her book Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History, which places the parkway in both national and regional contexts. Whisnant's discussion included a look into her extensive research that revealed fascinating facts about the construction of this national treasure. Click below to view the slides from the Lecture.

» Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture

Unfolding History with the Help of GIS Technology

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As with most of the projects at Carolina Digital Library and Archives (CDLA), "Driving Through Time" is the product of close collaboration between UNC librarians, faculty, staff, and students. This model contrasts the common image of a scholar laboring alone to produce historical knowledge. Members of the CDLA team described their collaborative process in an abstract published in the Digital Humanities 2010 conference proceedings. Digital Humanities is the annual international conference for digital scholarship in the humanities, sponsored by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). Read the abstract below.

» Digital Humanities 2010 abstract

Reflections on a Library-Classroom Collaboration

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On May 10, 2011, Natasha Smith and Anne Whisnant delivered a presentation at the annual Duke University Libraries Instruction Retreat, which focused this year on "Using Data in the Classroom." Smith and Whisnant discussed issues related to incorporating work on "Driving Through Time" into Dr. Whisnant's "Introduction to Public History" course and the benefits and challenges of involving students in developing content for Driving Through Time. More information about the Instruction Retreat is available here. Click below to view the presentation slides.

» Sharing Data, Sharing Authority: Reflections on a Library-Classroom Collaboration

Driving Through Time: A Progress Report

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On May 20, 2011, Dr. Whisnant along with Jenn Riley, Natasha Smith, and Katy Vance visited the National Park Service Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters in Asheville, NC to update the staff there on the progress of the "Driving Through Time" Project. Click below to view the presentation slides.

» Driving Through Time: A Progress Report