For my project, i figured on either following my research interests (military and gender) or my professional interests – I spent the summer working at the National Guard Memorial Museum (NGEF – national guard educational foundation). I have an idea for each, and both are still pretty sketchy:
1. Military and Gender: There are a few sites for military wives, there are a few sites that are more policy based (women in combat, etc.). I’m thinking of an online community for women in the military to come to share stories. This idea, by the way, has already morphed into a physical meeting for women to tell their stories. I’m definitely getting the physical meeting off the ground, and I’m playing with the idea of linking the online community to the IRL meetings.
2. NGEF: We have a collection that is bigger than our museum space. We also have the opportunity to obtain REALLY BIG THINGS, like planes, except we don’t have the space to store them or display them. Right now we have a caisson and limber living in the parking garage because they’re just slightly too wide to get through the door of our onsite storage space. There’s another museum downtown, the American Jewish Military History Museum, that has what is essentially a “check out the cool stuff we have that doesn’t relate to any other exhibit” room. Given our space constraints, NGEF can’t have a cool stuff room. BUT we could have a cool stuff website. I’m thinking along the lines of a digital catalog of our collection – photos, descriptions, and provenances of the items. Ideally, this will be searchable by outside scholars. Also, now that I’m hashing this out, I’d like to include the library in that as well. Maybe not digitizing the books but putting our catalog online for outside scholars to search to see if we have something they might be interested in.
Any thoughts? Anything I should clarify further? Thanks!