About the History Harvest Movement

The History Harvest Movement

The History Harvest is a collaborative, community based digital project and learning initiative that aims to democratize history. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) began the project by holding undergraduate-led harvests, or public days on which community members were invited to share their letters, photographs, objects, and stories and participate in conversations about these items. Students digitally captured each artifact and shared them in a web-based archive providing publicly available material for historical study, K-12 instruction, and life-long learning.

Since the first History Harvest at UNL, other institutions around the country have used this and other models in their own communities. The 2016 UIS History Harvest was the first ever held in Illinois.

Other History Harvests around the country:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Louisiana-Lafeyette History Harvest (2016): Louisiana’s French-Speaking Heritage

Harvesting History: UL-Lafayette Students Seek Artifacts for Online Archive of Acadiana’s French Heritage

Macalaster, Community Group Team Up on Rondo Project

North Texas History Harvest: A Reflection

Spring at the ‘History Harvest‘”

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