This class will show archivists and others interested in community history the results of a year-long effort to tell the story of an historic African American community in Charlotte through a digital mapping project.
This class will show archivists and others interested in community history the results of a year-long effort to tell the story of an historic African American community in Charlotte through a digital mapping project. The James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University created a digital map using Historypin that centralized content including historical photographs, newspaper articles, and oral histories to document the Historic West End, a vibrant 150 year old African American community that surrounds the university on the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina. The neighborhoods are currently faced with rising concerns of gentrification and social change, and the digital map brings resources from several institutions including university and public libraries, historic landmarks and planning departments, and West End community organizations like churches, neighborhood associations, and alumni groups to tell their stories. The class will show how other libraries, museums, community groups, or individuals can organize as well as create digital resources about their neighborhoods in a similar fashion.
Instructor: Brandon Lunsford
Brandon Lunsford has been the Archivist at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte since 2009. He received his MA in Public History with a concentration in Historic Preservation from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2009, and is currently pursuing his MA in Library and Information Science, with a focus on Archives. He wrote Charlotte Then and Now for Anova Books and Thunder Bay Press as part of his thesis project in 2008, and completed a revised edition in 2012. Before coming to JCSU he completed internships at the Charlotte Museum of History and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. While the archivist at Smith, Brandon has written five successfully funded grant projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lyrasis, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Lyrasis HBCU Photographic Preservation Project, and the North Carolina Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).