After discussing our updated plan with my partner and after looking at a few websites, such as Monticello.org, we have altered our plan for our website to focus more on the human side of Asheville and less on the physical layout in the form of an interactive map. We are still ironing out the details but the site will have one main page with several tabs, split evenly between her work and mine. My input will include a biographical section of the major ‘players’ of Asheville, a newspaper scrapbook timeline, a collection of ‘war ads,’ ‘Escape! to Asheville will focus on our town as a resort destination, and possibly a couple more sections depending on how the research concludes.
I have been able to get a good deal of research done over the past week. Ashley and I spent some time in our downtown library, where I will be drawing a large share of my photos. We also went to UNCA Special Collections, and although I was there just briefly before class, I still managed to get help from both Gene and Colin. I have spent many hours looking over newspapers online using keyword searches like “war” and “liberty,” and I am through 1917, with plans to finish next week. The articles I have clipped digitally, then converted to jpg format in order to control the size and quality of the photo. I have posted a few articles, as well as an example of a ‘war ad’ that will be included in my exhibit on newspaper articles. It is easy to find national and international headlines within the papers. But what I am looking for (and found!) is the local perspective: what the Great War looked liked from the Land of Sky. More to come..