25 Years in Community Service: Background, Current Directions, and Prospects for the Toledo's Attic Project. Presentation (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Sabharwal, Arjun


  • <p>Toledo’s Attic has been the virtual museum focusing on the commercial, industrial, and social history of the Maumee Valley region in Northwest Ohio and most prominently Toledo.  In 2022, it  has reached a milestone of having served the region’s community for 25 years as a collaborative project.  This collaboration has involved several local history enthusiasts and institutions: University of Toledo, Department of History, Maumee Valley Historical Society, WGTE Public Media, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, and the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections.  The steering committee that had once guided the project has been replaced by an advisory group representing most of these collaborators albeit in a dramatically different technological landscape offering institutions to publish their digital collections independently using social media, content management systems, and blogs, and it is this changing environment that has kept the Toledo’s Attic Website evolving as well.  In addition to serving as an archive of historical narratives, it has shifted steadily towards digital storytelling, digital humanities, and a hub that supports teaching and research. As such, it has been recognized by teachinghistory.org for its continual support for History Day and related activities.</p> <p>This presentation will present on the history of the project, and the organization of the virtual museum/digital archive.  It will also inform SOA attendees about current projects (such as Passport, and other growing contents), and the migration to a new platform, which would offer details on the planning process. </p>

publication date

  • 2023