Site Visits Assignment: Historical Preservation Site vs. Website

Do A and B below.

A.  Follow this format to create draft materials for your paper comparing and contrasting a public history site with a related web site.  The sites may be related in that they are produced by the same organization (i.e., connected in terms of authorship), in that they treat the same or similar topics, or in that they are aimed at connected audiences or purposes.  To produce a "starter" analysis to help plan your paper, address these questions for both the public history and the web site you choose:

1.  Why did you select your site?  What were the goals of your investigation?  What did you expect to learn relevant to women’s 19th-century work, and how?


2.  In a descriptive narrative, briefly record what happened during your visit.

            a) For your web site, please print out at least one page from the site.  You may make margin notes of observations and/or critique on that page.  You may also refer to specifics about the page in your description.

            b) For your report on visiting an historical site “in person” (versus on the internet), you should complement your writing with audio and/or visual materials.  Here are some elements that could be used: photographs, video, drawing, cassette tape of oral history, artifacts collected at the site, printed materials

3.  What did you learn from your site visit?

            a) How do your findings connect to what we’ve been studying in the class?

            b) What did you learn about using this method to study women’s culture?

            c) What strengths and weaknesses did you perceive in the site you visited, in terms of it serving as an accessible and useful source of information about women’s work?  Specifically, if you were to become “manager” of this site (e.g., as a web page master or as a docent), what changes might you make in the site to make it “work” better as a source of knowledge about women’s labor?  Why?

4. Assuming you were to build upon this project with additional research and analysis, what would you do next, and why?

B.  Write an essay comparing and/or contrasting the historic preservation site you visited with the website you chose to “tour.”  Be sure to provide details/examples from your observation of the sites to support your generalizations about them and about the relationships between them that you decide to analyze.