Q&A: Kate Egner Gruber, Curator of “Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia”

kateheadshotToday at The Junto, Philippe Halbert interviews Katherine Egner Gruber, who is Special Exhibition Curator at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a state agency that operates two living history museums in Virginia. This Q&A focuses on her most recent exhibition, Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia, which opened at Jamestown Settlement in November of 2018 and runs through January of 2020. She was also responsible for content oversight of the Yorktown American Revolution Museum‘s award-winning introductory film, Liberty Fever, and contributed to the development of new galleries that opened there in 2015. Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation and classical humanities from the University of Mary Washington and a master’s degree in American history from the College of William and Mary. Continue reading

Digital Databases and the Illusion of Comprehension

This post is part of a joint series entitled “Digital Research, Digital Age: Blogging New Approaches to Early American Studies,” the Panorama and the Junto. This joint series stems from  stemming from a conference entitled “Revolutionary Texts in a Digital Age: Thomas Paine’s Publishing Networks, Past and Present,” organized by Nora Slonimsky at Iona College in October 2018. This series will feature one post every day this week, hosted by both the Panorama and the Junto, and Dr. Slonimsky’s introductory post is found here. The first post at the Panorama is by Lindsay Chervinsky, “High Politics and Physical Space: Rethinking How We Commemorate Place.”

The rise of the digital humanities over the past decade has brought attention and support to a wide range of projects. In its most triumphalist form, the narrative about digital humanities suggests that digital projects have made early American materials far more accessible than they ever have been. Where once researchers could only access materials by visiting an archive or perhaps using microfilm or microfiche when available, now we can work from our homes in our pajamas to read manuscript and printed sources from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. And we can gather massive data sets about the past for quantitative or qualitative analysis.

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Announcing the Winner of Junto March Madness 2019

Junto March Madness 2019It’s been a fun tournament, but as we inch into April, we know that March Madness must come to an end. We’ve appreciated hearing from all of you who have found new digital projects, new sources, and new research opportunities by exploring the field. Thank you to all those who have participated.

This final was unusually close, decided by a razor-tight margin: 52% to 48%. It attracted far more votes than any of the other matchups in the tournament, reflecting both projects’ impressive ability to engage with a broad community of creators, users, and readers.

Without further ado, the winner of Junto March Madness 2019 is…

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Junto March Madness 2019: The Final

Junto March Madness 2019From a field of 64 incredible digital projects, we’ll soon be down to just one. This is the final for Junto March Madness 2019.

Thank you to all those who voted, campaigned, tweeted about, or otherwise participated in this tournament. We’ve been gratified to hear from those of you who found new digital resources, rediscovered old ones, or brought students into the tournament.

Moreover, while this is the final matchup of this competition, we hope that this is only the beginning of a conversation about digital projects and resources relating to early American history. If you are involved with a DH project relating to early American history (broadly conceived) that you would like for The Junto’s readers to learn more about, get in touch with me and we’ll figure something out.

Without further ado, please vote on the final matchup of the tournament, below. Polls will close on Wednesday at 5:00pm (EST). The winner will be announced on Thursday morning.

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Junto March Madness Final Four!

Junto March Madness 2019The road has been long and the competition fierce, but the voters have spoken. Four worthy digital projects have made it to the final four of Junto March Madness 2019.

Many of our matchups have been close this tournament, including one tie, but it was nevertheless stunning to see one result in the elite eight decided by a single vote. That speaks to the strength of this field, as well as the importance of your vote in the matchups below.

Voting will end on Friday at 5:00pm and the championship matchup will begin on Monday morning. Remember to join the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #JMM19.

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Junto March Madness 2019: Elite Eight!

Junto March Madness 2019This is the elite eight.

We began this tournament with eight different “regions,” based loosely on the different kinds of digital projects nominated. The digital projects below have each won their “region.”  The winners in this round will go to the Final Four.

Thanks to those of you participating in the votes and on twitter (with the hashtag #JMM19). As always, we encourage you to explore these digital projects, rather than voting for the ones you are most familiar with. The field of early American digital history is incredibly rich and invites continued investigation.

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Junto March Madness 2019: Round 3!

Junto March Madness 2019Round 3: the part of the tournament when things start to resemble an early American election. Corrupt bargains will be struck, defense pamphlets composed, and votes will be bought. A duel or two is always possible.

Well, hopefully not.

Thanks to all those who voted in rounds 1 and 2—which has so far added up to about 6,000 votes. Despite the large number of votes, many of these matchups have been decided by slim margins. In the previous round, a single vote twice separated the competitors. Today, voting begins for the third round of 2019’s Junto March Madness tournament. Voting will end on Friday at 5:00pm (EST). Continue reading