I only have two days left of my internship with the Chicago History Museum, and it is a bit of a bummer. This doesn’t mean the work has slowed down though, actually we have been quite busy and it is very exciting. While I have done some research for the Sister Carrie book club project, Shoeless Joe is still my main priority.
We have been working on creating a submission to the National Council of Public History for an upcoming award for an outstanding public history project. Of course winning the award is the goal, but even getting the honorable mention would be fantastic. For this submission we have had to compile a lot of data to explain our project and its significance. I’ve learned our project has a large global audience, and even those that were interested within the United States were quite spread out.
I’ve also had the opportunity to help research for a blog that will coincide with a display within the museum. The display is of a canceled check to Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights organization, and the project and blog are about the 1964 Civil Rights rally that took place here in Chicago at Soldier Field. It was an interesting project and a spent the majority of my time on it in the research center looking for more visual pieces that could be used in the blog.
I’ve had the week off for Thanksgiving and have been using the time to keep up with school work, but I’ll be back to the museum on Monday to round out the end of my time there.
Gotta love November, such a busy month. There has been all kinds of things going on and they have kept me a little distracted from this, sorry about that.
Been just as busy at the Museum as I have been at school. We have decided that we will change the format of the Shoeless Joe blog and make it into a complete and static website for people to view. Everything is going to be paired to down into 5 broad and organized chapters, and a lot posts are being added to, revised, or combined with other posts. Its a good deal of work but it will be cool to see the results.
I’ve also spent some time in the research center looking for photos that can be added, or doing research on other projects. I’ve begun some minor research related to the Sister Carrie project by looking through pieces about a bar called Chapin & Gore. There is a bar in the book based off of C&P, and it is kind of cool to see this stuff. Ive also done a project on the 1953 civil rights rally art soldier field. There will be a small exhibit that will use this research.
For the past week we have been slowly bringing the Shoeless Joe project to a close along with the World Series (well done Boston). Officially, the last post of the Tumblr portion of the project was published today, and Twitter will wrap up, at least for me, on Friday. While the project will be completed in terms of new material I will be going back to the beginning of the Tumblr posts and cleaning them up starting next week. This will consist of editing, combining, and rewriting older posts to make them more significant and consistent with the posts on the last 2 months.
One more exciting portion of the past week was a photo trip I took with my boss, Peter, to grab photo’s to be used on Twitter. The subjects for these photo’s were all relevant to Joe’s time period, whether directly related to the scandal itself (the first two images), or the site of major social upheaval in a very prominent time of American History.
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I’m a little late this week, but I think it will be well worth it. I got to take another adventure this Monday to gather images for the Shoeless Joe social media project I have been working on with the Museum. The grave marker in the photo above is one of many that were taken at the Forest Park Cemetery right off of the Eisenhower Expressway. Billy Sunday was an ex-ball player during Joe’s life, previously playing for the predecessor to the Chicago Cubs. After baseball he took a career change and became an Evangelist preacher. His relevance as a whole to the Black Sox account was minor, but none the less interesting. He was one of the few people who believed Judge Landis made a good decision banning the Black Sox from pro-ball. He wrote the Judge and personally thanked him for working to clean up baseball.
As the internship progresses the job gets more and more interesting and challenging. On an awesome note my tumblr posts have begun to be posted; by the end of the World Series I will have 6 in total. After the end of the Series I will still focus mainly on the Shoeless project by going to the beginning of the Tumblr posts to and working to compress and edit them. At this point many of the early Tumblr posts look more like Twitter posts and could use some help. I will also begin doing research for the Sister Carrie book project. I’m not sure what I will be looking at yet specifically but I look forward to it.
My time at the History Museum has been interesting since my post here last week. I worked out the “live” tweeting of the 1919 game 8 of the World Series, which was a load of fun but a lot of work. By the end of it I posted up probably 60-70 tweets in a play by play account of the game in a story format in Joe’s voice. It was definitely a different experience and a good challenge to consistently and very quickly post as Joe. We got a lot of positive interaction from folks that were watching the feed through the 2 or so hours that it was going on which was pretty awesome.
The following Friday I took a trip around the city to get some photo’s that would be used in Twitter. The very first picture isn’t going to be used and wasn’t put into our files, I’ll come back to it in a second. The middle picture is of Goose Island, the only island within the Chicago River. At one point during the or right after the Grand Jury testimony in 1920 Goose Island was referenced to make fun Joe. The last image is the Auditorium Theatre located south of Loop. Now a heritage site, it used to be the a place where people could gather to watch the precursor to a modern ESPN gamecast online. Pay 50 cents and see the game in near real time in a simpler format. There were places like this all over the city but this particular one was neat because my boss actually found an advertisement for it in the Chicago Tribune back during the World Series.
So the first image is actually the one that interests me the most here. I was supposed to take a picture of the area that was once the location of the Lexington Hotel. This is where Joe was given his $5k for participating in the fix. By now the whole place has been redone and now there is a modern Lexington Apartment complex there. The first picture was actually up on the wall of a pizza place down the block, its looking from the west to the east, and is an image of what the area would have looked like in Joe’s time. Thought this was a cool find.
Hey! It’s been another awesome week at CHM again. In the past week I’ve begun to compose and edit new Tumblr posts for the Shoeless Joe project, starting with the final one and working my way backwards. Its been a lot of fun and I get to look through a lot of really cool pictures that are added into the posts.
This is also the time of year that the World Series in 1919 was held. To go a long with that I’ve been putting out posts on Twitter that come from the Chicago Tribune in 1919 that were discussing the games. It’s actually been really interesting to read the articles that were coming out at that time.
On a similar note I’ve done research to set up a play-by-play of game 8 of the 1919 series. Back then the World Series was best of 9 and game 8 was the last game played between the White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. This year that game falls on Wednesday! So check out the Twitter feed for Shoeless Joe from 12:30-4:30 and catch an old game in action.
This kind of project is fantastic because of the opportunity to interact with followers. You can consider the twitter feed and tumblr to be similar to a gallery in a Museum that you can interact with and view at your leisure. This definitely puts an interesting spin on our ability to tell people about history.
Look at that guy! It’s interesting the things you get to learn on a job like this. This statue is located on Michigan Ave, Just south of Tribune Tower. Its a statue I’ve walked past a countless number of times but I never paid much attention to. His name is Jack Brickhouse and he was a Chicago Sports announce. He started with the Sox, and ended his career with the Cubs. Haray Carry actually did the same thing, and the tradition of a guest speaker singing “Take me out to the ball game” started with Caray at Comiskey, not Wrigley.
I was asked to get a picture of Brickhouse and Caray’s statues for use in my Joe Jackson social media project. I will get to do something similar as well in a couple of weeks, taking a tour of various parts of the city and snapping shots to be used on Twitter and Tumblr.
Ill be getting a hold of some of the good pictures next week so I can tell you a bit about what I’m working on with some better detail. In the mean time, keep up with theshoelessjoe on Tumblr and Twitter and see chicagohistorymuseum me are up to with this project.
It’s been almost two full weeks since I started my internship at the Chicago History Museum! I’m starting to get into the swing of things and am really enjoying it. So far I’m primarily focusing on the Shoeless Joe Jackson social media project. I’ll hopefully have a few pictures I can put up for you all next week (I know this looks a little sparse right now). I have to take a photo trip tomorrow to get some pictures of the Harry Caray and Jack Brickhouse statues at Wrigley Field and the Tribune Tower. Both of these guys were actually Sox announcers before finishing their careers as Cubs announcers.
Daily activity is rather simple at first glance, but offers a creative challenge in the grand scheme of this project. My first goal is to get the best understanding of the material as possible, a given for most jobs. After that over the course of my time I have to post to twitter, roughly every half hour, various facts about Joe’s life, in Joe’s voice. It’s actually a little difficult right now; though I can talk about almost anything related to Joe, even talking about baseball today, consistently coming up with new ideas poses a challenge. Maintaining these posts in Joe’s voice is also tough, he was from the south and played baseball close to 100 years ago now. Slang and general terminology has changed a lot over the years and Joe was illiterate so there is a limited amount of example for the way he talked.
All-in-all this has been a great experience so far. I’ve been learning a great deal about the various ways a museum can interact with the public. I’ll get back with some images next week, in the mean time follow theshoelessjoe on tumblr and check out the twitter link in the post bellow and on the tumblr!
Yes! The first few days of my internship are behind me and so far it has been a very interesting experience. Since my last post on Thursday I have now put three days behind me and I’m looking forward to many more this semester.
My first day on site was pretty exciting and I was quite nervous. It was a pretty simple day though, and one I won’t forget anytime soon. I got a tour of the Museum behind the scenes and got to see various storage and collection rooms which was fascinating. The collections in the Chicago History Museum are massive in size and in the diversity of contents. After that I got to tour around the exhibits and familiarize myself with what the Museum is currently working on and displaying.
Monday and Tuesday were very similar to each other. I used these days to familiarize myself with the material of the first project I will be working on. I read a lot about Shoeless Joe Jackson and his life which was quite the roller coaster at times. I also took time to read through the twitter and tumblr accounts I will be using for the social media aspect of the project. Those were very cool, I will end up using my research for posts to both of those sites in the style of Jackson’s own voice.
Probably the most exciting thing I got to do in my first days of the internship was sit in on an interview with family members of one of the jurors from the Black Sox trial. I was able to get some great notes and got a great idea of how big this event actually was at the time.
The more I get into the research the more I look forward to the rest of the internship. I hope you all can get a chance to take a look at and enjoy the posts!
Well here we are. The second week of the semester is rolling to a close (that was fast), and tomorrow I have my first day in my internship. I’m really looking forward to getting started and being able to share my experiences with anyone who may happen upon this blog. That all being said I think now would be a good a time as any to introduce myself and give you some information about what I will be doing this semester.
My name is Liam Grogan, and I am a Senior History major, Classical Civilizations minor at Loyola University Chicago . I was lucky enough over the summer to apply to and receive an internship position at the Chicago History Museum. This is very exciting to me being a Chicago native and having a great love for my city, and I can’t wait to get started.
This internship is comprised of two major components; the first, a social media based project on “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and the1919 Black Sox scandal, second, research based off of Theodore Dreiser’s novel Sister Carrie. Both components will involve research in various forms, but they will each have their own unique aspects as well. The Joe Jackson project will utilize social media such as twitter and tumblr to display findings in a way that really connects to the public (I’ll post links to both of those accounts in a later blog). On the other hand the Sister Carrie project involves preparing for a book club and can involve research as well as looking up and visiting sites that were mentioned within the novel.
I look forward to participating in both of these projects and gaining valuable experience within my field of study. This will be a fantastic opportunity and I’m glad I can share it with you all.