The AVX Foundation and the Horry County Museum present a free lecture by Mary Battle on the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative on June 4, 2016 at the Horry County Museum.
The Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI) is a digital public history project hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Funded through a pilot project grant from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and a major grant award from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, LDHI began development in 2013 and launched in 2014 as an editorial resource and online platform for partner institutions and collaborative scholars to translate archival materials, historic landscapes and structures, and scholarly research into digital exhibitions. In partnership with the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Program for the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW), a major goal within LDHI’s mission is to encourage projects that highlight underrepresented race, class, gender, and labor histories within the Lowcountry region, and in historically interconnected Atlantic World sites. In this presentation, LDHI’s Co-Director, Mary Battle, will describe how LDHI staff organized open source tools, developed multi-institutional partnerships, and worked with librarians, graduate students, archivists, museum professionals, and humanities scholars to launch LDHI. She will also discuss some recent and upcoming online exhibition highlights, including an online tribute to the Mother Emanuel Church and an exhibition about the history of the Avery Normal Institute, a historic African American school that opened in 1865.
The program begins at 1 PM in the McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum located at 805 Main Street, Conway SC. This event is free and open to the public.