Newspaper Update

Good afternoon! I’ve now progressed through October 1948.

Pacific workers renewed their contract in July – after a well-timed two week vacation. Only a weeks later, the labor union pushed mills throughout the Southeast to raise wages. Pacific followed suit. Rock Hill, notably, did not – I scanned a number of articles dealing with the strike.

Perhaps one of the most fascinating issues that came up has to deal with the Textron company, which owned mills in New England and South Carolina. (Very similar to Pacific) A huge controversy was stirred up when it was discovered that Textron planned to move all of its operations South to save on costs. South Carolina didn’t mind – New England certainly did. Glancing through this set of articles you’ll find a lot of interesting things – labor, cost of mechanization, materials, and community reactions.

As always, you’ll also find some lighter fare. Pacific Memorial Park hosted a dog show. The Olympia community helped contribute to city-wide efforts to support Columbia’s French sister city. And, of course, Olympia high school continued to excel in football.

Hours: 4


OAH-NCPH Conference Update/Meeting Minutes

Here is a brief summary of three meetings concerning ELE during the OAH-NCPH conference:

Digital Drop In

On Thursday, April 19, Celia and I participated in the Omeka Digital Drop in. This meeting proved particularly fortuitous because they paired us with Jordan Grant, the web designer for American Enterprise (he was actually at the team meeting in Washington, DC).

He told us that using Drupal should not be an issue because it can run Omeka, but that we will want to consult the USC IT folks soon to make sure we are on the same page.

We asked if we can run an Omeka site through the USC server. Jordan said that it should be able to work, but encouraged us to consider other hosts so that we have greater control. He suggested either a virtual server (approx. $100) or a hosting service (approx $150/year).

Moving forward, Jordan asked us to check in with him after we have our preliminary sites running. He is currently revamping the AE website and would like to include our project as part of the relaunch (I believe he said the timeline for this is 6 months to a year). Although Jordan is currently a doctoral student, he tentatively plans on staying with the project over the next couple of years and will serve as our point of contact regarding webpage logistics.

Meeting with Peter Liebhold

On Friday, April 20, Allison, Celia, and I met with Peter for an ELE team meeting. We updated Peter on where we are at with the grant, learning modules, webpage, and blog.

Peter mentioned that the Post-WWII Agricultural Collecting Initiative will be convening on July 11 or 12. He said that this group will likely bring new traffic to the AE website, and he suggested that we put up a draft or outline of the Olympia website for these folks to view. Ideally, we would provide the AE with a draft by mid June or early July.

Peter also suggested that we meet with another AE partner who is working on petroleum history in Oklahoma (I did not record this person’s name). He teaches at the University of Oklahoma and might be interested in collaborating with ELE.

We also discussed setting up an ELE-related working group for NCPH. Proposals are due in July. Peter also mentioned that Public History Commons (a website affiliated with NCPH) is a great forum for asking questions and spreading the word about our project.

At the end of the meeting, Peter said that he will make sure to get Allison a Smithsonian ID.

Meeting Follow-Up

Following the meeting with Peter, Allison, Celia, and I met to discuss moving forward. We discussed how we need to develop a plan to get a draft of the Olympia site ready for Peter by mid June.

Allison recommended that we focus on preparing one portion of the website. Since Katharine has done extensive research for her thesis and will likely be leaving the project soon, Allison would like to focus on her sections first. Celia and I will meet with Katharine to discuss these plans.

We discussed that we need a new plan of attack regarding research for the website. I suggested that instead of focusing on specific sections, the team should tackle research according to sources (following Jennifer Betsworth’s fantastic model). We will discuss a new strategy for research at the next team meeting in May.

April 26:  MEETING CANCELLED. In lieu of this meeting, Celia, Sarah, and Katharine will come up with a plan for conducting research.

April 28: Olympia Day. Katharine plans on attending to make contacts and share our project with the Olympia community. All team members are invited to join her.

May 3rd: Meeting at 3:15 in Hollings Library

In preparation for the meeting:  All team members should develop a to do list for summer

Total team hours in meetings at OAH-NCPH: 6

Sarah’s additional hours for this week: 1

Newspaper Update

We’re now into May 1948. I didn’t come across anything spectacular, but I did find plenty on Olympia High School – including a piece about their gardener. Each of the churches in the Olympia/Pacific community was profiled by the paper as well. In terms of employee benefits/life, I did come across an interesting short piece on TB testing at the mills. Also, a bill mandating air conditioning in textile mills was briefly discussed in the legislature, but appears to have been unsuccessful.

See you all next week!


Hours: 4

Newspaper Update

It’s time for your weekly Pacific newspaper update. I’ve now made it into December 1947. Overall, it was a bit of a slow 6 month period for news on Pacific but there were a few highlights.

Pacific workers got another raise – along with thousands of workers throughout the Southeast – as a result of union organizing. A nice puff piece was printed about the curriculum and extracurriculars at Olympia High School that includes a picture of students silkscreening.

Richland Mill was once again profiled for their safety streak. Each of the workers were given a bonus, had their photograph taken (in groups) for the newspaper, and had their names printed. There’s certainly some potential value in this piece!

Hours: 4


Meeting Minutes 12 April 2012

Caitlin Mans, Katharine Klein, Celia James, Sarah Scripps, and Allison Marsh were present at the meeting.

The time for the NCPH meeting with Peter is still TBD. Allison, Sarah, and Celia plan on attending.

Celia got comments from Jennifer and Sarah regarding the learning modules. The comments were mostly minor. Celia’s would like to adopt an “All Recipes” format for Learn from Experience section by letting other teams post their adaptations to our original modules. Celia will make edits (Sarah got feedback to her late) soon for Allison to send two examples to Peter.

Celia also has drafted the assignments for the modules. She will follow up with people soon.

Caitlin provided a fundraiser update. We made a total of $323

Plans for money raised:

Print 1000 copies of postcard with Vista Print.It costs $100 more to print in color on both sides. The group decided to print the front in color and the back in grey scale. Celia suggested we go with glossy print. The total cost is approx. $100.

It will cost $50 for Caroline to HTML class. We will call this support  a “scholarship” so that Caroline can list it on her CV and we can describe better how our funds were used

Save money for potential future expenses, such as rental cars (it costs $90 per car for trips in Washington, SC)

Norita is looking into whether the History Department can open account for us Allison also inquired with a local credit union and leaned we will need a nonprofit EIA number to open an account. While getting the number is easy, it will require more paperwork with the IRS to get tax-exempt status. Allison suggested adding this task to the group’s to-do list for the summer. In the meantime, Caitlin will hold onto the money.

Caroline has been working on the Smithsonian blog post, but was not present to report on its status. The update has not yet been posted on the Smithsonian website. Allison requests that Caroline send her the blog post before emailing it to Peter.

Sarah or Celia will also write another post after meeting next week with Peter at NCPH.

Allison discussed possibilities for including ELE objects in the Material Culture course either through either the “5 objects” assignment and/or as mystery objects.


Caroline: Send blog post to Allison before submitting it to Peter

Celia: Check gmail account (if she has not already done so)

Celia or Sarah: Post blog update regarding NCPH meeting and submit it to American Enterprise blog.

Everyone: Olympia Mill Village Day is April 28. Katherine will attend and hopefully other people will be able to join her. The plan is to distribute postcards and make a contact list.

Everyone: Think about plans for the summer

Next meetings:

Thursday, April 26- 3:15pm at Hollings Library to discuss NCPH meeting  (Allison will not be present)

Thursday, May 3- 3:15pm at Hollings Library to discuss plans for summer

Team hours for attending meeting: 3.5 hours

Sarah’s additional hours for this week: 2


A Collective Thank You!

On behalf of ELE, I would like to thank to everyone who came out to Thirsty Fellow last night to support ELE.  I also would like to thank the Thirsty Fellow for holding our fundraiser and providing great service to such a large and ever growing crowd.  Our Happy Hour lasted from 5-8, and I think it is safe to say we all had a great time enjoying drinks and delicious food. It proved to be a good opportunity to relax and enjoy good company while supporting ELE, do I thank everyone who attended!
I especially would like to thank Caroline Peyton for helping me organize the event.  She was incredibly helpful in creating and helping distribute publicity. In addition to Caroline’s help, we would also would like to thank especially the Graduate History Association at the University of South Carolina for covering the first round of drinks for graduate students.

Overall, the event raised over $250 for ELE.  This came from a combination of donations and also the 10 percent we received from all drinks and food purchased from 5-8 that night at the Thirsty Fellow.  During our time there, we were able to explain ELE and answer questions. Several people asked about how we are planning to use this money  We are planning on using the money for an external hard drive for storing and sharing archival images, especially as we acquire research.  We are also paying Caroline Vereen (ELE’s appointed web developer) to take the University of South Carolina’s Center for Digital Humanities html course this spring.  We will print post cards and business cards to publicize our work.  Both these post cards and business cards were field tested at Museum Advocacy Day where we handed them out to members of Congress and also museum professionals.  Needless to say, the money for  this fundraiser will be well spent.  Again, I really do thank everyone for coming.

We also have larger expenses on the horizon and have been submitting grants to support the project.  We have a $200,000 IMLS grant pending that would support graduate assistantships, fund research travel, and cover costs for securing image rights for our online exhibit.  However, our seed money will be valuable in helping us continue to develop our project.


Total Hours for ELE: 7.5