Local professor, history aficionado, and wildlife enthusiast Dr. Andrew Feight recently traveled to the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History in Nashville, Tennessee to showcase work accomplished by his students and himself.
The professor of American and digital history has spent years chronicling past events of the Ohio valley, with an emphasis on the Scioto County area. Feight has worked with hundreds of students to dig up the past and share the information through his free app called Scioto Historical.
“Participation in the conference sessions allowed me to share the exciting work of my undergraduate history students,” Feight said. “We are currently developing stories and a new walking tour of Pioneer Portsmouth, which covers the founding of Portsmouth and celebrates the city’s bicentennial.”
Feight has been very active in making his app and website work with community organizations and events, from the bicentennial special, to a historic photo Ackerman Collection guide. The work Feight achieves promotes area history through a constant effort to dig deeper into the past and freely share it.
The mission of NCPH is to inspire “public engagement with the past” by helping build “community among historians, expanding professional skills and tools, fostering critical reflection on historical practice and publicly advocating for history and historians.”
As part of the recent conference, The NCPH hosted the Humanities and Technology Camp (THATcamp), a workshop on digital history projects.
Professor Feight was able to share his students’ research on local history, specifically the new content for the Scioto Historical app and website project that is being developed by SSU’s Digital History Lab.
For more information about the Scioto Historical app and website, please visit www.sciotohistorical.org or contact Dr. Andrew Feight by e-mail at [email protected]
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