This project originated as a Public History Service Learning course at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall of 2014.
Unlike other history –or even public history– courses, service learning courses are entirely focused on developing a creative response to a persistent problem in our profession. They create an opportunity for students to take the lead in their own learning, building an original portfolio of work, learning marketable skills, and broadening their professional network.
During the fall of 2014, my students and I partnered with the research archivists at the Maryland State Archives. Together, we established the foundation and preliminary interpretive parameters for what we will hope will become an ambitious, multi-semester project, tentatively titled Mapping the Past: Slavery and Freedom on the Regional Landscape.