The Projector

Amusements & Useful Devices from K. A. Wisniewski

America’s First Polish Immigrants: Another Look at Jamestown

Continuing this thread on Jamestown, at the end of class I offered an example of brainstorming research topics. The example I used built from our reading of John Smith’s General … Continue reading

March 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

The “Other” Residents of Jamestown

In the last post, I noted two trends in my American History survey classes: (1)  Students arrive to the class unaware of what was once popular narratives in the story … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Required Readings Visualized: Early American Word Clouds

In the previous post, I shared a list of free, online word cloud generators.  In this post, I offer a couple of examples of word clouds put to use!  This … Continue reading

March 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Rivington, American Printer

James Rivington (1724-1802) was an English-born printer/publisher and journalist in New York City during the American Revolution. Prior to the revolution, he was one of the most popular and widely … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Accidental Diarist: A Review

The Accidental Diarist: A History of the Daily Planner in America By Molly A. McCarthy. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 302 pp., HC $90 Pb $30) http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/A/bo15357320.html     … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Francis Hopkinson’s Ode to the Fourth of July 1788

This summer, I was awarded a fellowship and small stipend to continue my work on American printing history.  The goal was two engage in a reenactment or historical performance / … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Quotes from John Adams

This week in my early America class, we reviewed the presidency of John Adams.  As fate would have it, our session happened to land on Adams’ birthday.  Part of this … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Student Projects from Spring ’17, Part 3

Finally, I’ve come to the last part of this series on student projects…in retrospect, I now wish I’ve created a separate website to host or curate all of these projects.  … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Student Projects from Spring ’17, Part 2

This is Part 2 of the series on student projects from this past semester.  The last post featured videos of place-based historical studies.  This post shares some images from a … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Student Projects from Spring ’17, Part 1

For the next few posts, I wanted to share something a little different: samples of student work produced this past spring.  I’ve been teaching American History courses for the past … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Some Flag House Photos

Last week, I spoke at the Start-Spangled Flag House in Baltimore.  The museum is truly one of the hidden gems of Baltimore. Located at the edge of Little Italy and … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · 1 Comment