Public History and Community Engagement

2017

  • Information Exchange 2017

    A bi-annual event devoted to helping communities locate and strategize methods to provide better access to information, generate ideas about what libraries are and how knowledge can be shared within a community to improve the lives of its citizens.

  • Santa Clara Valley National Heritage Area

    Consulting scholar, Santa Clara Valley National Heritage Area (2017). Research historian helping aid the pursuit of the National Park Service designation for recognizing Silicon Valley as a National Heritage Area (NHA), only the second such site in California.

  • Omaha Historical

    Primary investigator and director, Omaha Historical (2017–present). An online spatial exhibit site on the history of Omaha (forthcoming).

2016

  • Silicon Valley Historical

    Primary investigator and director, Silicon Valley Historical (2016–present). An online spatial exhibit site on the history of Silicon Valley (forthcoming). http://svhistorical.org

2014

  • American Indian Digital History Project

    Technical director, American Indian Digital History Project (2017–present). Served as the technical director in deciding on and setting up technical infrastructure. Advisory board member, American Indian Digital History Project (2014–present). An Omeka exhibit of material on American Indian history (forthcoming). Primary investigator: Kent Blansett.

2013

  • Chinese Railroad Workers Project

    Academic technology specialist, Chinese Railroad Workers in North America, Stanford University (2013–2016). Served as a technical advisor and developer for a metadata management system, helped organized and curate nearly 10,000 digitized objects, and trained sixteen research assistants on metadata best practices and the platform used for collecting metadata. Primary investigators: Gordon Chang and Shelley Fischer Fishkin.

2011

  • William F. Cody Archive

    Project manager, William F. Cody Archive, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2011–2013). Supervised two graduate student interns, maintained documentation on project milestones and reference material, worked closely with museum staff at the Buffalo Bill Center for the West, and helped organize nearly 24,000 digitized documents. http://codyarchive.org

Public history and public engagement projects I've been part of, spanning a range of projects at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Stanford University, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


About

Greetings! My name is Jason Heppler. I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a scholar of the twentieth-century United States. I often write here about the history of the North American West, technology, the environment, politics, culture, and coffee. You can follow me on Twitter, or learn more about me.

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