Coming Soon: Ohio University Online History Project

As we approach the time when incoming freshman begin to claim their spots as Ohio University students, the Ohio University Libraries and campus partners are developing a project aimed largely at future Bobcats. Conceived in 2012, “Ohio University: An Online History,” will be a multi-media Web site presenting the University’s rich history to initiate freshmen into their first phase of college.

Ohio University commencement program from June, 1873. (Photo by Ohio University Libraries)
Ohio University commencement program from June, 1873. (Photo by Ohio University Libraries)

Understanding OHIO’s historic importance gives students the tools to realize that they are not just passing through their college years as visitors, but instead are members of a community, which was founded centuries ago on principles that are still intact today.

“Our hope is that if students better understand the history of this place then they will have a deeper understanding of their intellectual and personal experience here in the present moment,” said Dr. David Descutner, dean of the University College and associate provost for undergraduate students.

Uncovering the University’s 209-year-old past, the Web site will offer students engaging insight into the culture of Ohio University as well the surrounding region.

“This collaborative project uses the history of Ohio University as the basis for a common reading/learning/writing experience that introduces first-year students to both the University and to its General Education Program,” said Betty Hollow, historian and project writer.

The Web site will be created through Omeka, an open source web-publishing platform, which is used to exhibit library, museum, archival and scholarly collections. Although the target audience is freshman undergraduates, this resource will be open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni and communities beyond the scope of the University.

The Ohio University Libraries thanks the Office of the Provost for providing support and funding for the project.

Be on the lookout for more information about the Web site as it develops.