Stories and Solidarity: A Public History Exhibit

Morgan Craig, Dr. Molly Todd, Department of History and Philosophy, Montana State University, P.O. Box 172320, Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

In this historical research project I combined independent research with digitized photographs and documents from The Project Solidarity Archive at Montana State University to create an online exhibit about the history of solidarity in El Salvador. This project focuses on the relationship between the United States and El Salvador beginning with the El Salvador Civil War and continuing into solidarity work in the present day. This research is in collaboration with a nonprofit solidarity organization, US El Salvador Sister Cities (USESSC) as well as a graduate student in history. The project will provide the USESSC organization with educational material for their outreach and work both in the United States and El Salvador. Through this project I am cultivating historical research skills, curation skills, and technological skills by building an exhibit with a digital exhibit platform. This project has  a significant impact on a large community. It  applies historical thinking by connecting past stories with the present outside of a traditional academic setting. The work also shares photographs and historical documents with the public. Photographers and members of USESSC donated these materials with the hope that they could contribute to educating a larger community. The focus of my presentation will be the process of researching, curating, and presenting an online public history exhibit as well as the transnational collaboration of the project. Overall, the exhibit intends to contextualize the events of the El Salvador Civil War and the role of solidarity through community histories and personal testimonies with the intention of reaching new audiences and showcasing the power of public history. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Morgan Craig

Institution: Montana State University Bozeman

Type: Oral

Subject: History

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Oral 8
Date/Time: Tue 5:00pm-6:00pm
Session Number: 829
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