I can’t believe it’s the 5th day of April already. I really like how my website is coming. I’ve gotten some more permissions signed, so I can post more stuff to my site. I have a couple more meetings this week to work on things with various archives, but I’m nearing the end of the posting and will soon begin the refining and editing process. So much to do yet!
As far as my Century America contract, I went through it and highlighted things I’m considering, and things I still need to do. As I’ve gone through this project, I feel that a timeline is not needed. My college really doesn’t have a bunch of big events it took part in for the war effort or anything. It was just constantly working on things during the war, and the local community was involved in most things with the school as well.
I don’t think I will need a second page after the home page. I added the right sidebar with all the pages included in the site (except the home page) because I had someone look at it and they felt a second menu would help with navigation. I’m not sure if I will keep it or not. What do you think?
I still need to add more media to several of my pages, and I need to start my bibliographic page and my vlog (I’ve been working on taking photos and screenshots throughout the course for this purpose). I would still like to create a page with links to local archives and collections as well.
I found out I’m allowed to use at least one letter written about the influenza and the war from one of the local archives. I am trying to set a time to transcribe that info for my Voices of the Great War page, along with the two articles about the tarring and feathering of two locals. I think I’m combining the ‘general impacts’ section into the ‘local news during the war’ section since they are mostly all from the newspapers.
I am working to create at least one photo gallery. I think that will be on the war shipping images I’ve found. I may also create a gallery of several items that a local teacher has from WWI. He let me photograph a circa 1917-19 rifle, wool short/pants, some brass buttons and a gas mask, along with a medal. It was great to see some real objects that are represented in all the photographs and such. I think it will add another element to my website. In the next few days, a majority of the images and most of my writing will be drafted on the site.
That’s what I’ve thought through thus far. Please comment with any suggestions or ideas you have. Thanks!