HIST 4101/5101: Applied History


James Marten, 202 Sensenbrenner

James.marten@marquette.edu; 288-7901

Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30-11; Wednesday 10-11


All class meetings at Marquette unless otherwise noted


January              19            Introduction and Administrative Details

                                          Concept of class/assignments

                                          Readings: Gurda, Making of Milwaukee; misc. articles

                                          Brainstorming/team breakout sessions


                           26          *Arrive at MCHS no later than 2:15 (910 N. Old World Third Street)

                                          Behind the Scenes Tour: Beer and Brewing (MCHS)

                                          Role of MCHS in Milwaukee

                                          Introduction to the library/archives


February               2          Guest speaker, Tim Cigelski: “reading” the web/social media

                                         Readings TBA

                                         Discussion: websites for museums, historical organizations, historic sites


                             9           Report on Milwaukee brewery and brewing.

                                          (Click here for bibliography.)

                                          Teams organize; brainstorming sessions.

                                          Sign up for team meetings.


                            16          Team meetings with Dr. Marten.


                            23          Team meetings with Dr. Marten.


March                    1          Pitch meeting with clients. See details below


                              8          Clients’ decision: critiques, suggestions, reorganization.

                                          New teams established for single project.

                                          Plan the rest of the semester.


                            15          Meetings with Dr. Marten.

                                          Technical workshops (if necessary).


                            29          Meetings with Dr. Marten.      

                                          Technical workshops (if necessary).


April                      5          Client meetings.


                            12          Meetings with Dr. Marten.


                            19          Work Day.


                            26          Practice presentation by teams.


May                       3          Presentation to clients.



Major project (team grade): 40%

Pitch meeting presentation (team grade: 20%

Class participation: 10%

Critical reading of website: 10%

Brewery Report: 10%

Reflective exercise: 10%


1. Critical reading of historical association/museum/historic site websites.  Choose three, report on: 1) content, 2) usability, 3) appearance, 4) historical integrity.  Who is the audience?  What is mission of institution? How does website contribute to understanding of that mission?  Two-pages, single-spaced, class presentation.


2. Report on Milwaukee brewery and brewing. History of one brewery.  Discussion of issues brewing industry raises (labor, economic development, ethnicity, community identity). Two-pages, single-spaced.


3. Reflective exercises. Choose one:

              --volunteer as exhibit docent, with weekly journal.

              --weekly blog about the project—challenges, choices, solutions (including updates, images, etc.). 


4. Pitch meeting with client: Each team has twenty minutes to:

              State issues/describe audiences

              Explain learning objectives

              Describe content

              Demonstrate sample visuals/website

              Detail plan of work

              Indicate role of technology


5. Major project: Develop on-line curriculum for multiple audiences (schools/school groups, community organizations, general public) that features text, visuals, some element of technology (map, app, etc.), and social media.  Although your project will feature salient elements of the exhibit, your curriculum should contextualize the place of beer and of brewing in Milwaukee and in the world by reframing, reconstructing, repurposing the exhibit to explore important historical issues, including (but not limited to): cultures of drinking and not drinking, architecture, ethnicity, labor relations, child labor.  The finished project must include the following “deliverables.”:

              --Concrete learning objectives for each audience (one of which must be schools). (Click here for tips on writing learning objectives.)

              --Finished website with high quality visuals with citations, interactive elements, purposeful text with citation

              --An element that addresses “space”—buildings, neighborhoods, tours, etc.


Grade will be based on:

--effectiveness of interpretation

              --quality of writing/images/presentation

              --usefulness to MCHS


Notes: We will meet formally at the MCHS once, but you will be spending plenty of time at the MCHS.  The staff there are not your research assistants.  You will receive a temporary pass to the use the facilities and library at the MCHS.