Recap of Groups, Theme Selections, & Project Expectations

Greetings! To recap the activity from our last class, below you’ll find a list of your work groups and the themes you selected from Holding the High Ground and the draft Civil War Handbook.

Group 1 (Doug, Makenzie, Melissa L., Mary)

Themes selected:

  • The Civilian Experience
  • Causes
  • Women Amidst War
  • Legacy
  • The Military Experience: Strategy, Tactics, Technology, & Humanity
  • Industry & Economics

Group 2 (Amy, Dianna, Andrew, Laurie)

Themes selected:

  • War and the Westward Movement
  • The U.S. on the Eve of the Civil War
  • Ethnicity, Race, & the Military
  • The Ordeal of the Border States
  • Emancipation & the Quest for Freedom
  • Consequences

Group 3 (Melissa S., Shawn, & Brandon)

Themes selected:

  • Reconstruction
  • Death & Dying
  • The Changing War: Interplay of the Military, Economic, Social, & Political
  • Reconciliation, Commemoration, & Preservation

We will be creating a formal, detailed plan for the National Park Service that outlines and recommends a series of 48 monthly audio podcasts over the four years of the Civil War sesquicentennial. In the plan, we will make specific recommendations as to possible parks and stories to feature, toward a goal of having no repeating parks/stories and at least 48 different NPS units represented. This will give us three specific podcasts to highlight each one of the 16 themes, spread out over four years. If time allows, we will also research, write, and record at least one model podcast.

Again, the goal is to create a plan that includes 48 podcast proposals (3 for each of the 16 themes).

Each podcast proposal will consist of:

  1. a compelling interpretive theme statement for each prospective podcast that meets the NPS standards we’ve discussed, viewed, read about, and applied in our in-class exercise;
  2. an abstract (one to two paragraphs) that describes and summarizes your proposed episode. Be sure to articulate how it supports the NPS’ goals in Holding the High Ground;
  3. a list of resources, including:
    1. tangibles, intangibles, and universal concept(s) supporting your theme statement;
    2. possible primary source materials to be used to support and enhance your episode, including letters, quotes, artifacts, and images;
    3. possible secondary source materials that may provide context or further reading;
    4. NPS staff contacts with whom you’ve worked and with whom someone enacting this plan could use as a point of contact.
  4. any other guiding or suggested information.
  5. other items we may discuss as the course progresses, including the possibility of drafting text for at least one episode.

About Greg Shine

Adjunct faculty in the History Department at Portland State University, where I teach historic site interpretation. Former Chief Ranger & Historian at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
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