Sakonnet Digital History
Sakonnet Mobile Historical is a collaborative project between the Brown Center for Public Humanities, the Tiverton Public Library, and the Little Compton Historical Society to interpret sites of historical and cultural interest utilizing Mobile Historical, an NEH-funded project developed to curate physical landscapes using GPS technology. Using mobile devices loaded with the Sakonnet Mobile Historical application, residents and visitors of Tiverton and Little Compton, Rhode Island, will discover information about a specific site, locate and explore a site of interest, or create a comprehensive tour route that may be traversed by car, bicycle, or on foot. The app will include a blending of textual interpretation, historic documents and photographs, oral history recordings, and short videos.
Students from the public humanities program will gather collections, information, and stories using traditional and social media, oral history, and community workshops. Working with the partner organizations, they will curate the sites, write content, and launch the mobile application.
The project is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.