Palmer Park: A Digital and Micro-history
This work takes a similar approach, offering a micro-history of the park. This approach allows an examination of issues that impacted the park: the annexation of Carrollton by New Orleans; the struggle for Carrollton to maintain its own identity and autonomy, seen in the push to prevent the takeover of the park by the New Orleans Recreation Department; issues of race, seen in the efforts to keep the park a “white space” through the 1970s; the impact of changes in the surrounding neighborhoods, major historical events, and larger forces in the city; the park as a gathering space for various community events and organizations; and the continued struggle over how the space should be used.
This project is currently being converted into a mobile-enhanced tour through New Orleans Historical, an Omeka based digital history project and app; an example of one of the story sites for the tour can be found at the following website: http://www.neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/661?tour=42&index=2#.UxucJ_ldXjI. This work will also be featured at an upcoming event in the park, with an exhibit, presentation on the park’s history, and guided tour. The poster at AHA will highlight images from the research as well as the process of creating the mobile-enhanced tour and exhibition.