Roger Gillis deposited Historic Nova Scotia: Bridging the Gap with Digital Storytelling on Humanities Commons 3 years, 12 months ago
Historic Nova Scotia is a digital humanities and public history project that aims to bring community histories to life online (https://historicnovascotia.ca/). This paper will explore how collaborative, digital-storytelling can help bridge the gap between heritage theory and practice. We will provide an overview of the project followed by specific examples from the site/app that feature diverse ways of interpreting Nova Scotia’s histories. As these examples will show, digital storytelling can shine a light on the everyday experiences of people in the province – including underrepresented groups – while tracing shared experiences, such as fishing, sport, and craft. By collaborating with, and showcasing the holdings of, museums, archives, libraries, and heritage organizations across the province, Historic Nova Scotia helps to increase their online presence, which, according to statistics, can bring people through their doors.