In the spring of 2016, I curated a digital tour on Rhode Tour, a statewide mobile historical app with Eve Dewan. We created “Ocean State Sampler: Foodways & Cultural Heritage,” a thematic tour about food, immigration, labor, and cultural identity.

Rhode Tour is a joint initiative between the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities, and the Rhode Island Historical Society. We also worked with the Culinary Arts Museum, Tomaquag Museum, and other featured sites to craft stories that describe incredibly localized history and a broader narrative of culture and community.

We used Omeka, a free, flexible, and open source content management system and web-publishing platform, Dublin Core metadata terms, and Curatescape, a framework for publishing location-based content.

Through our tour, like Rhode Tour as a whole, we sought to inspire new engagement through multimedia content, including narrative place-based stories, archival images, oral histories, and videos.