I'm thankful to Ben Brotemarkle and the folks at the Florida Historical Society (FHS) for recognizing my Advocate Recovered (AR) project with Hampton Dunn Internet Award. It is a great honor to be recognized by one of the oldest historical society in the United States for this generative digital history project.
The students that worked on AR have helped to redefine the history of Hannibal Square, the historic black community in Winter Park, Florida. Our collective work has brought the fragments of an African-American newspaper printed in the 1890s and thought to be lost, back to the public sphere. I think we have helped build a better understanding of the black experience in Winter Park. My thanks to Wenxian Zhang, Rachel Walton, and Darla Moore for their support for this ongoing project. The Olin Library Special Collection and Archive has been revelation for my classes. Thanks to Amy Sugar and Scott Bokash for the technical support for this and many other project. My thanks to my colleagues Claire Strom, Jim Norris, Hannah Ewing, and Yusheng Yao for their commitment to innovative teaching. We are a crazy bunch, but we trend toward genius. Of course, Rollins is a community of dedicated teachers and scholars and I have learned a lot from conversations with many people. Robert Vander Poppen, Joshua Almond, Dawn Roe, Vidhu Aggarwal, and Rachel Simmons have helped me shape my digital practice. I somehow neglected Robert Cassanello, which is crazy because his digital mastery inspires me and Scot French who is like electronic godfather. Thanks to both of them!