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Below you will find recent projects in digital scholarship.

Exploring Rockingham’s Past

This  collaborative project between James Madison University and the Rockingham County Circuit Courthouse makes rare documents from Rockingham County’s storied past accessible to the public. Each year, a graduate history intern, in coordination with Courthouse leadership and staff, selects and digitizes a collection of documents from the courthouse archives. The student gains valuable experience in archival and digital historical methods and uses those digitized records to develop an interpretive historical essay to publish on ERP.

Immigrant Harrisonburg

Immigrant Harrisonburg digital archive is an oral history project based at James Madison University to investigate the lives of immigrants living in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. Students contribute to this archive through class research projects on the immigrant community in Harrisonburg in HIST 439, History of Immigration to the United States, taught by Daniel Morales, Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History.

Objects of Faith

This website features 3D models of religiously meaningful objects, accompanied by original object narratives that place those objects in their historical context. The models were created and the narratives written by students in the Spring 2017 and Spring 2018 offerings of HIST 362, Introduction to U.S. Religious History, taught by Dr. Andrew Witmer, Associate Professor in the Department of History.

Racial Terror: Lynching in Virginia, 1877-1927

This ongoing research project examines one of the darkest, yet almost forgotten, pages of American history: the lynching of thousands of people between the end of Reconstruction and the 1930s in the US South. Senior students actively participated in the process of collecting and organizing hundreds of articles from historical Virginia newspapers, detailing all the known lynchings that occurred in the Commonwealth between 1877 and 1927 for the Advanced Research course, JUST 402 taught by Dr. Gianluca De Fazio, assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies.


STUDIO 395 is the capstone assignment of HIST 395, an intensive semester-long introduction to historical research methods for History majors. The course guides students through the successive stages of an independent research project, from planning, to collecting and interpreting primary and secondary sources, to drafting, and authoring a polished twenty-page essay. This course has been taught by a number of faculty members from the Department of History.

Virtual Reality Showcase

Students explored the development of film and media theories, culminating in a research-based, writing-intensive, and hands-on final project that tests students’ ability to carry out original research on how a key theme in film and media theory has evolved with the multiplication and proliferation of new media. These video and virtual reality essays were created by students in the Spring 2018 offering of ENG420, Advanced Studies in Film and Media Theory, taught by Dr. Dennis Lo, Assistant Professor in the Department of English.