Kisumu Project Introduced at NEH ODH Directors Meeting

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On September 15, project directors Mark Souther and Meshack Owino introduced “Curating Kisumu: Adapting Mobile Humanities Interpretation in East Africa” to National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) staff and grantees as well as representatives of a number of government agencies, universities, and humanities institutions at the NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) Project Directors Meeting. As recipients […]

The Judson Oral History Project

Many of the oral histories for the project took place in the Bicknell Mansion in Cleveland Heights, now part of Judson Park.

Over the past year, the Center collaborated with the the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University on the Judson Oral History Project. Funded by the Unger Family Foundation, the project conducted 36 interviews with residents at Judson Park, a not-for-profit retirement community in Cleveland Heights. John Horan, who has since earned […]

NEH Awards Digital Humanities Grant for “Curating Kisumu”


The Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded a $60,000 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to Mark Souther, Associate Professor of History and Center for Public History + Digital Humanities Director, and Meshack Owino, Associate Professor of History at Cleveland State University.  The grant project, titled Curating Kisumu: Adapting […]

New African American History App Tour

The Center is pleased to announce the newest tour on the Cleveland Historical website and mobile app. Developed with funding from the Cleveland State University Office of the Provost, the new “African Americans” tour emerged from a summer undergraduate research project and fall graduate course directed by Mark Souther. Last summer, Bethany Hollowell, Timothy Klypchak, […]

Shaker Heights Collaboration Wins OHPO Award

On September 28, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office awarded its 2013 Public Education & Awareness Award to, a project of the City of Shaker Heights, Shaker Heights Landmark Commission, and Shaker Heights Public Library.  In addition to a digital historic building card index that makes it possible to trace the history of this planned […]

Curatescape Spreads Across the Landscape

Born from the Cleveland Historical mobile app, the Curatescape mobile framework, developed by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities, offers a budget-friendly, cloud-based, open source solution for publishing location-based content. It enables cultural organizations, preservation groups, or educational institutions to exercise an interpretive voice and reconnect to their communities and audiences. Soon to […]

Provost’s Office Summer Research Project

The Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection passed the 900-interview mark this summer. Using an Engaged Scholarship summer undergraduate research grant from the Cleveland State University Office of the Provost, three students spent May through August working with Dr. Mark Souther and CPHDH to collect oral histories on African American history in Greater Cleveland with a […]

New Director

Mark Souther, associate professor of history, was appointed Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities on August 12, 2013.  Previously co-director, Souther assumed sole directorship following Mark Tebeau’s departure to become Director of Public History at Arizona State University.  Souther and Tebeau co-founded CPHDH in 2008 to focus and coordinate their collaborative […]

Oral History Resources

In recent years, the volume of resources for doing oral history, much less for exploring digital oral histories has expanded dramatically. The Center often leads community-centered workshops for teachers, communities, and students where we help partners build oral history projects around their interests. Recently, Center Co-Director, Professor Tebeau contributed to the discussions initiated by Michigan State […]