March On, Milwaukee A Living Local History Project
Project Developed for: The Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach (CURTO) at Marquette University, in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.
Project Background: In response to the impact of COVID-19 on local teachers, CURTO hosted a Summer Webinar Series that aimed to support local high school teachers in integrating this local history content into their classrooms. During the Summer of 2020, Dr. Robert Smith ( Director of CURTO) and Adam Carr (Deputy Editor of Community Engagement at Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service) came together with local Community Expert Historians to discuss these important histories.
Project Overview: This project will draw on previously developed educational materials and programming materials to develop a local history educational website for Milwaukee area high school teachers. The content focuses on recovering underrepresented local Civil Rights histories in Milwaukee (e.g., fair housing marches, voting rights, Chapman Hall Takeover) and also includes content that celebrates Milwaukee’s rich and vibrant cultural diversity by recovering underrepresented cultural traditions (e.g., a Food, Culture, and Fighting Gentrification module).
This website is the next phase of CURTO’s goal to produce educational resources centered around the promotion of human rights and dignity, in partnership with local community experts and community stakeholders. One way we envision doing this in this project is through producing topic-themed and event-centered learning modules. These modules aim to adapt archival content into a short video format that can be easily shared with students. This video content is coupled with classroom activity resources, EdPuzzles, assignment resources, and curriculum guides and learning objectives to make it easier for educators to integrate them into their classrooms and course plans.
About My Role as Project Coordinator of the Project:
Collect and coordinate previously produced educational materials and programming materials
Edit webinars into student-accessible format
Research project distribution methods in consulting with community stakeholders
Research existing web presence from previous programming and streamline into one platform
Develop Project Mission in consultation with CURTO leadership and local community-expert historians
Establish new and maintain existing relationships with institutional partners