Project Description (Mission Statement and Goal):
The goal of this project is to increase understanding of the Irish workers who built the town of North Adams, from the 1840s through the beginning of the 20th century, among local residents. We intend for our website to be as user friendly as possible and tell the story of the Irish in the Berkshires as succinctly as possible. We would love for our project to be used by the North Adams Historical Society as an exhibit of the amazing history of our area. We would also love our site to help anyone who is looking to research the history of Irish migration to America along with North Adams specific history. Our project is unique in the fact that while many people have studied the history of the Irish in America and specifically in New England, this is the first online digital history project on Irish Immigrants in the Berkshires their seems to have ever been. We would love for our project to be a useful tool for anyone with a love of local history to be able to widen their understanding of an amazing group of people who faced incredible odds and came out for the better.
Basic Structure of Website:
The homepage of the website will feature beautiful images relating to the project as well as a summary of our project and it’s goals. We will also have pages devoted to our bios, our secondary bibliography, our primary bibliography, project contract, the timeline, and the map, and a page devoted to significant events in chronological order to better illustrate the story we are telling.
Tools We Are Using:
We are using a wordpress site with the Hemingway theme. We will also be using Timeline JS and Google My Map to trace the Irishmen’s journey to and around the Berkshires.
Work to be complete by each member:
Kate- Responsible for 3 Primary sources and 4 Secondary sources, transportation to and from archives, finding images to be used for the site, as well as creating the pages our information will be entered into and setting up the website.
Susannah- Responsible for 3 Primary sources and 4 Secondary sources, contacting archives to set up additional help, finding any potential videos or audio clips to be used in our site, entering information onto pages as well as finalizing the overall look of the website.
Schedule for Milestone:
- October 3, 2017 – First drafts at Google My Map and Timeline to be posted on individual and project blog.
- October 5, 2017 – Final Draft of Contract
- November 20, 2017 Final Draft of Bibliographies
- November 28-30, 2017 – Final Presentations
- December 11, 2017 – Final Websites and Blogging due