Two out of three CECOM historians attended Towson University last week for a history event (Thurs 12 Jan) as part of the Maryland History and Culture Collective (MHCC). We ventured out of the archive to meet and interact with historians, archivists, librarians, and collections managers from all over Maryland. There were 36 people from universities, the Maryland Historical Society, city archives, and others.
Attendance at this event fulfills a portion of our outreach mission. When in New Jersey, the history office was fairly well connected to local historical societies, county archives, as well as colleges and universities. Now that we are in Maryland, we have to start making more connections down here.
Agenda included brief introductions, and first quarter business. Some of the highlights included:
- MHCC online content development is currently evaluating different platforms for their website. Right now they have a wiki, which they hoped to be a collaboration tool and a public web presence. However, it’s not taken off as a public space. After conducting a survey about their wiki use, they realized that they want to expand and make their site more dynamic.
- One of the collaborative projects the group discussed was the “Civil War in Your Attic” digital series. Libraries and archives from all over the state had set days where they opened up their doors and scanned in items from donors all over the state. The criteria for this was that the materials related to Maryland and was produced between 1857 and 1867.
- Maryland History and Culture Collaborative (MHCC) is also branching out into a traveling exhibit. The idea is to feature a social and cultural history exhibit made out of reproduction materials. By not using originals, it gives the exhibit potential to travel more places, and would ensure the originals were safe.
These are all great ideas, and they’ve inspired us to come up with a few of our own. We’ll keep you posted on what we decide!