OUTREACH AND CONSULTANCY
Most people see only the obvious at 442 Gorrell Street – a handsome, two-story frame house accented with lime green trim and encircled by a low wall of rough-hewn Mount Airy granite. Torren Gatson, an assistant professor of history, sees more. When he lays eyes on Greensboro’s historic Magnolia House, he sees “a community vessel.”
CONSULTANT, "UNDERSTANDING HATE IN AMERICA" PROJECT
Provided insight and public history knowledge on the best practices for displaying and interpreting a robust collection of primary documents such as newspapers featuring various rhetoric for and against white supremacist views in American during the 1920s.
FORGING MEDIA, ARCHIVES, AND GIS
BLACK CRAFTSMAN DIGITAL ARCHIVE
Our mission is to research and synthesize the conversation of skilled craftsmanship, African American artistry and the digital humanities. The intent of this project is to make an accessible website that forges digital media, archival materials, and global information systems (GIS) to document and display the output of skilled black craftsmen.
There are several platforms by which you or your institution can collaborate. The first is to become an institutional partner. This means that you have identified an assemblage of documents and/or primary source material that will be stored and displayed by the BCDA. Another form of collaboration is to become a digital initiative partner. This partnership hinges on the creative nature of your organization within the realm of the digital humanities. This style of partnership would exclusively help to develop and maintain the BCDA’s digital footprint.
The last form of collaboration facilitates undergraduate and graduate education while fostering a passion for material culture and the digital humanities. An opportunity reserved primarily for academic institutions or research-driven institutions this opportunity will align students with research projects and initiatives that progress the overall agenda of the BCDA. I hope that one or more of these opportunities speak directly to a current passion or need of yours. If so, the BCDA is enthusiastic about the prospect of working with you to add to what we think we know about black craftsmen by telling both a spatial story and a historically responsible story.
MUSEUM OF EARLY SOUTHERN DECORATIVE ARTS SUMMER INSTITUTE
Research thesis: "Black Iron from the Backcountry: Enslaved Ironworkers and the Forging of Community on a Piedmont North Carolina Plantation"
The MESDA Summer Institute provided an unparalleled experience in Southern Culture with fieldwork and collection studies in various southern states. The program combined two weeks of detailed coursework and familiarization with material culture with a week of “in the field” experience visiting the backcountry (North Carolina).
Research thesis: “Dr. Who? Apothe – What?: The Birth of the Modern Pharmacy, through the Lens of a 18th Century Apothecary Chest.”
The MESDA Summer Institute provided an unparalleled hands-on experience in Southern Culture with fieldwork and collection studies in various southern states. This program combines two weeks of detailed coursework and familiarization with material culture in the upper Chesapeake (Maryland and Virginia).
THE LOW COUNTRY
Research thesis: “In the Shadow of Freedom: Contextualizing Culture and Autonomy through 18th and 19th Century Charleston Slave Badges.”
The MESDA Summer Institute provided an unparalleled experience in Southern Culture with fieldwork and collection studies in various southern states. The program combined two weeks of detailed coursework and familiarization with material culture with a week of “in the field” experience visiting the low country (Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC).