From Middlebury College:
On a Thursday morning, the 14 Middlebury students in the course Vermont Life’s Vermont: A Collaborative Web Project are taking turns saying why they were each drawn to a class focused on a new digitized collection of Vermont Life, a magazine known for its iconic views of the state’s rural landscapes and its people.
“I think it’s very important, especially as a history major, to think about the direction of history and of keeping it current with the technological world we live in,” said Lizzie Sheline ’20. “It’s really critical that we keep making history new, accessible, and interesting.”
Taught by Kathy Morse, professor of history, and Michael Newbury, professor of American studies, the course takes advantage of a new, rich resource that is now on Middlebury’s website and available online to everyone—students, faculty, staff, and members of the public.
The digitized collection, complete as of September 26, includes all issues of the quarterly. The magazine was founded by the state in 1946 and ceased publication in the summer of 2018.
The College contracted with a professional digitizing service that used original copies held by the state of Vermont, Middlebury’s Special Collections, and the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston, Vt.
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