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Wednesday, July 27 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Public History and Virtual Museums: Students Opening Doors

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Public history, a movement involving collaboration and community activism, challenges communities to extend boundaries. Civic activism and digital storytelling collide in this powerful public history project linking urban and rural students in Louisiana.

Denise Altobello and Jenny Velasquez, teachers at Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans join forces with Meredith Melancon of the public charter high school in Bunkie, Louisiana, to shed light on Solomon Northup, a New York free man of color, whose 1841 kidnapping led him through the slave exchange in New Orleans to 12 years as a slave.

Traveling between rural Bunkie and New Orleans’s Treme, America’s oldest African American neighborhood, students collaborate: 

  • to create a digital museum highlighting Northup’s story in state-supported rest stops along Louisiana’s African American Heritage Trail
  • to create digital stories for the New Orleans African American Museum of jazz history, cultural collaboration and civil rights activism


    Such public history opens the doors to museums whose walls can no longer contain their stories.


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Denise Altobello

About Denise AltobelloCo-Director of NOLA Travelwriters and NOLA Tweens; English Teacher, Trinity Episcopal School, New Orleans, LADenise Altobello, teacher, freelance travel writer and editor, is the Language Arts chairperson and 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Trinity Episcopal... Read More →
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Jenny Velasquez

About Jenny VelasquezCo-Director of NOLA Travelwriters and NOLA Tweens; History Teacher, Trinity Episcopal School, New Orleans, LA Jenny Velasquez is the 7th and 8th grade history teacher at Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans. She and her co-worker, English teacher Denise Altobello... Read More →

Wednesday July 27, 2011 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Franklin - 4th Floor (B wing)

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