Community Documentation

Enhancing your local exhibition

The local exhibit portion of Making Alabama is your community’s opportunity to put your signature on this landmark statewide project. After all, it is the making of your community that has the power to draw in audiences, spurring them to learn about their own history and contemplate past turning points that influenced your community’s present day and what lies ahead for it.

Collateral programming, such as oral and written histories, have the ability to enhance your local exhibition by engaging even greater audiences and documenting them for future generations. Everyone has a story to tell. Let history be told in their own words and recollections.

To assist you with plans for recording and sharing your local community’s history through the stories of your own citizens, go to museweb.org, a valuable partner of the Smithsonian Institution and Museum on Main Street. There, you will find ideas and tools to help you tell your community’s story in new and innovative ways, record them and share them well beyond the borders of your city or county for generations to come.

Helpful links:
www.theclio.com/web

Clio is an educational website and mobile application that guides the public to thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States. Built by scholars for public benefit, each entry includes a concise summary and useful information about a historical site, museum, monument, landmark, or other site of cultural or historical significance. In addition, “time capsule” entries allow users to learn about historical events that occurred around them. Each entry offers turn-by-turn directions as well as links to relevant books, articles, videos, primary sources, and credible websites. Clio offers a compelling intellectual challenge as professional historians work with local history experts to create and vet entries in an open digital environment. Ambitious in scope, Clio allows scholars and their students to publish humanities scholarship using an innovative digital format that will instantly reach a broad audience in ways that cannot be replicated by traditional forms of publishing. Clio believes that there is something powerful that occurs when our sense of the past connects with our sense of place.