Public History Projects.
"Quakertown Stories," National Endowment of the Humanities Grant, 2021-2023
Co-PIs: Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Gretchen Busl, Julie Libersat
Quakertown, a thriving Black neighborhood founded in the 1880s as a freedmen community just south of
TWU’s campus. In 1921, TWU’s president, alongside local white civic leaders and women’s clubs, led a
campaign to pass a bond vote that displaced over sixty families and black-owned businesses to create a
municipal park and site for the city hall, civic center, public library, and public pool that remain in Denton to this very day.
The grant will support the very first interdisciplinary and experiential learning initiative to integrate the history of Quakertown into courses at TWU. It will also enable the future development of a digital humanities archive of Quakertown-related research and reflection, which the project co-directors aim to connect to a public platform that will promote community engagement with Quakertown’s history for decades to come.
Marcia Niemann Collection, Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Program & Texas Woman's University Library
Niemann is the former president of NOW (National Organization of Women) and a Dallas-based educator and feminist activist. I facilitated the donation of Niemann’s personal archive to the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Department and its housing in the Woman’s Collection at TWU’s Library. Guided by a learning by doing pedagogy, I invited two doctoral students to join the project so that they could gain hands on experience with learning feminist archival research and interviewing methods. We are in the process of cataloguing and digitizing the materials for a public and online launch of the collection. We are also in the process of interviewing Niemann.
Collaborators: Kimberly Johnson (Director of TWU’s Woman’s Collection); Gabriella Sanchez (doctoral student); and Sheila Bickle (TWU library records retention manager).
In progress: Co-authored introduction and finding aid to the online collection (Sanchez and Danielle Phillips-Cunningham)
“Creating an Irish immigrant women’s database,” Bob Hope Memorial Library, Ellis Island Immigration Museum (2012-2013)
I was the principal investigator of a database project that was supported by Texas Woman’s University’s New Investigator’s Grant. The project’s outcomes were: 1) Digitized and transcribed 59 interviews with Irish immigrant women who registered at Ellis Island; 2) Comparative research index of Irish women’s migration paths and racial and labor experiences in Ireland and the United States. Interviews and index are available to researchers.
“Irish Servants’ Quarters Exhibit”: My dissertation was a contextual guide for visitors to the exhibit.