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Template/Prompts for Contract

Publish as a Google Doc, share with mcclurken[at] and epearson[at] (with ability to comment and edit) by 9 AM (EST) on TH, Feb. 27.

  • Mission statement (describe project)

    • A) Describe the overall goal of your project and the intended audience

    • B) Describe the basic structure of your site and intended features.

      • You should discuss how you’ll incorporate the common elements for all of our sites, such as a COPLAC Century America Logo, the Voices of the Great War section(s), possible list of students/former students/community members who served/died in the war, timelines for local communities to tie into world/national timeline in overarching site.

        • We also discussed the possibility of a section on women’s contributions to the war effort or influenza efforts as a common element because many of the schools that were Normal schools in 1910s.  If that makes sense for your school, talk about how you’d include that too.

    • C) We also discussed creating videos (vlogs) to show how each of us did research for the project or constructed the site.  If you’re willing to contribute to that process (via vlog or even just a post), indicate that in this section.

  • Tools you plan to use

    • Everyone will be using WordPress, so that’s a given.  But what theme, plugins, layout will you use?

    • Will you be using a timeline tool?  A map?  If so, will you be using TimelineJS?  Spreadsheet Mapper?  Something else?  [Note that even if you’re not doing your own formal timeline, you’ll need to identify key dates to send to the UMW group to include in the overarching timeline on the main site.]

    • Other tools you’ll use for your site?  What will you use to edit images?  If you’re using audio/video segments, what tools will you use?

  • Schedule of milestones (when critical pieces are ready to present)

    • Include the dates from the syllabus for first version (Apr. 3) and revised version (Apr. 24).

    • Include sending representative images to Jack to be included in the overarching site.

    • Include when you will send list of key events and dates (& potentially images to go with those events/dates) to UMW group to include in the overarching timeline on the main site.

    • Set reasonable, realistic goals.  Take into account that some things may take longer than others.

      • Particularly big pieces might have intermediate deadlines (e.g., I will have completed half the timeline entries by March 12, the rest by March 19)

Outline of Website: SNS, Fredericksburg, and WWI

Outlining a website is much more difficult than I anticipated. After spending a couple of hours brainstorming on our website we were finally able to come up with a brief outline. We decided to go with a simple approach as possible to keep continuity throughout the site. We decided to break the website down into two different categories. One being the State Normal School and the other Fredericksburg and the surrounding community. This way the site will be much easier to navigate when looking for specific information. Additionally, this is the easiest way to separate all the material we are working with.


-Will consist of information of the entire project and COPLAC

-Two images will separate Fredericksburg and State Normal School

Fredericksburg Homepage

-Eastburn Diaries: Includes a timeline of the diary and a description of the material and the family themselves. Possibly adding addition pictures and miscellaneous items to the page.

-Knox Family: Homefront experience and life with children fighting overseas. Will include a timeline and any additional photographs.

-Rowe Family: Will include letters from family member overseas and the general homefront experience. Additionally will include timeline and photographs.

-Spanish Flu: This page will include any material in relation to the flu during 1918 and how it effected Fredericksburg. Main sources will be local newspaper articles.

State Normal School (UMW) Homepage

-Administration: Includes President Russell’s papers and financial records of the institution of the time.

-Academics: Will include course catalogs and bulletins from the school along with a brief narrative of the subject and why the material is relevant.

-Student Life: This page will include student activities and clubs during the time span. This will general show what daily life was like on campus not necessarily related to the war.

-School Flu: Since the school and communities experience with the flu were so different this page will acts as the schools general experience. The page will include both Russell’s papers and financial records of medical expenditures.

This outline is subject to change as the project progresses, but simply acts a guideline to how the project will look. As for themes and design we are still trying out what will work best. Nonetheless, we are extremely happy with the progress thus far and are looking forward to actually creating the digital history website.