Rhode Tour + Sakonnet Digital History
The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Rhode IslandCouncil for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, are collaborating on a new statewide digital history project, called “Rhode Tour.” This project builds upon the success of Sakonnet Historical, a mobile Smartphone application that includes stories, pictures, videos, and oral histories about special places in Tiverton and Little Compton, Rhode Island.
Rhode Tour is built upon Curatescape, the same digital platform used for Sakonnet Historical. Rhode Tour also uses the methods and practices established during the creation of Sakonnet Historical, including the idea of “hyper-local” history and storytelling. Unlike Sakonnet Historical, which includes content researched and written mainly by Public Humanities students, Rhode Tour relies on partners throughout Rhode Island to contribute content. RICH facilitates this by providing partners with financial support, and the Center for Public Humanities supplies project management and technology expertise, in addition to research and writing by students, often as part of a course requirement.
For the initial phase of Rhode Tour, content will be provided by the Urban Pond Procession, Slater Mill, Ray Rickman, the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, and Sandra Enos of Bryant University. The stories in Rhode Tour extend beyond history to include archaeology, the environment, race and
ethnicity, manufacturing, and social issues.
Rhode Tour launches on May 9, 2014, with stories and a tour about Mashapaug Pond produced by the Urban Pond Procession and students in Anne Valk’s course, “Oral History and Community Memory.” Other tours in the initial phase of the project will appear throughout 2014 and the first half of 2015.
Sakonnet Historical is a collaborative project between the Brown Center for Public Humanities, the Tiverton Public Library, and the Little Compton Historical Society to curate the stories and histories of the Sakonnet River area.
Visit the project website at Sakonnet Historical to read the latest entries on sites of historical and cultural importance in Little Compton and Tiverton, Rhode Island. These entries contain information about local points of interest, augmented with historic images and media from archival collections and historical publications. All of the entries are tagged on the project’s GPS-enabled map, making it easy to locate these sites on the contemporary landscape. Sakonnet Historical can also be downloaded as a free app, accessible through iTunes App Stores and Google Play, making it possible to create your own self-guided tour to explore these sites in person by car, bicycle, or even on foot.
The project is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.