Digital Minot presentations at MSU

EDITOR’S NOTE: Festival on Main was canceled the day after this story appeared online and in the print edition of The Minot Daily News. Minot State University announced on the evening of Sept. 3 that the students will now present their research Sept. 20 in the lower level of MSU’s Gordon B. Olson Library at 11 a.m.

Digital Minot Project student interns from Minot, Emily Anderson, Zachary DeMers and Jordan Peterson, will present their research Saturday at the Taube Museum at 11 a.m. Their presentations on MSU Summer Theatre, the Heritage Singers and pioneer female teachers are free and open to the public and will be part of the Downtown Minot Association’s Festival on Main.

The three students researched their topics this summer as part of Digital Minot Project, which is sponsored by the Department of History at Minot State University. This project provides an opportunity for student interns to investigate local history topics, and then use that research to give public presentations and create online exhibits which remain available for public viewing and response long after the students have completed their work.

Anderson, a senior at Minot State University, studied the history of the Heritage Singers, the well-known male chorus, which is celebrating its 40th year.

DeMers explored the history of Summer Theatre, which just completed its 49th season.

Peterson, a junior, examined the history of women pioneer schoolteachers in the northern plains during the early 20th century, with an emphasis on North Dakota.

Bethany Andreasen, professor of history, created “Digital Minot: An On-line Museum of Local History” in 2012. To engage student research more wholly with MSU’s surrounding communities, Andreasen proposed that student historical projects and materials should be digitized and made accessible to the public. Digital Minot students collaborate with local agencies and take Minot’s history out of closets, storage rooms and boxes, uploading materials and records spanning more than a century to display the region’s vibrant past on the Web. Through Digital Minot, the public has access to historical photos, postcards, newspaper articles, advertisements, scholarly journals, legal documents, oral histories and biographies.

“As part of the Digital Minot Project, university students engage in professional practice of their historical research and writing skills through an interactive project with individuals from the region in which they live, thus increasing their awareness and understanding of the distinctiveness and development of the region,” Andreasen said.

The Digital Minot website can be found at

(digitalminot.minotstateu.edu/omeka).