In 2011, Annie Valk, Deputy Director of Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, invited me to co-teach a course entitled “Oral History and Community Memory” focused on Mashapaug Pond in Providence. I was interested in hearing and preserving the stories about this place as told by the people who had worked at Gorham and/or grown up by the pond. Working with an oral historian and students enabled the gathering of a far greater number of stories than UPP could have done alone.
(Distributed February 22, 2018)
Public humanities students conceived, developed, and curated “Emancipated Memories: Uncovering the Hidden Faces of Slavery,” a 2009 exhibition of artwork by Cora Marshall.