The Lapidus Initiative for Excellence and Innovation in Early American Scholarship, generously funded with a major gift from Sid and Ruth Lapidus, has enabled us to pursue innovative programming and outreach. Digital projects we were able to explore and to serve through our intensive editorial process have included previous iterations of the Ben Franklin’s Worldpodcast (now produced by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation), the Doing History podcast, and the Georgian Papers Progamme (in conjunction with King’s College London, the Royal Collection Trust, and William & Mary).
We are grateful for the help of the Lapidus Initiative Advisory Group and their counsel as we work to incorporate both existing and developing technology in early American scholarship.
Nicole Aljoe, Northeastern University
Erica Cavanaugh, Center for Digital Editing, University of Virginia
Matthew Cohen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sharon M. Leon, Michigan State University
Molly O’Hagan Hardy, National Endowment for the Humanities
John Sherer, University of North Carolina Press
The OI Reader is the Omohundro Institute’s platform for publishing digital projects—including standalone born-digital articles as well as supplements to OI books and WMQ articles. All of the project are meant to expand our understanding of early American history intellectually, conceptually and rhetorically.
Commonplace is a destination for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit less formal than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Commonplace speaks—and listens—to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900.
Colonial Virginia Portraits is an interactive database of oil portraits with a documented history in Virginia or featuring colonial Virginia subjects painted before ca. 1776. This includes portraits painted in both the colonies and abroad.
The OI Reader gives a platform for publishing digital projects that expand our understanding of early American history intellectually, conceptually and rhetorically. We are excited to share this innovative content with you.
Eight blogs, countless histories from the online world of #VastEarlyAmerica. Have you checked out the Octo? Every week we update our page linking you to eight sites across the history blogosphere. What can you learn from eight blogs? https://blog.oieahc.wm.edu/the_octo/