Explore the Projects

Stories for All brings together over forty community and University of Kansas partner projects. This page enables you to identify partner projects that interest you and takes you to their websites.

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American Indian Digital History Project

  • Kent Blansett, Langston Hughes Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies and History, University of Kansas, and Co-Principal Investigator, Stories for All
  • Jason Heppler, Research Director, American Indian Digital History Project; Senior Web Developer, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

Project Description

Founded in 2010, the American Indian Digital History Project works with Tribal archives, community members, organizations, and colleges to recover, preserve, and increase free & open searchable access to rare Indigenous newspapers, photographs, and archival materials throughout Native North America.
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Bruce Watkins with crowd marching

An Era of Rights: Kansas City’s Struggle for Equality, 1950-1980

  • Katie Sowder, Digital History Collections Librarian, Kansas City Public Library
  • Jason Roe, Digital History Specialist, Kansas City Public Library
  • David LaCrone, Digital Branch Manager, Kansas City Public Library

Project Description

We are beginning a digital history project that will document and analyze the major events and themes of the Civil Rights struggle in Kansas City.
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beautiful ashe: memoirs of a sweet black boy & other poems

  • Tai Amri Spann-Ryan, Co-founder, B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence
  • Alex Kimball Williams, Co-founder, B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence

Project Description

This audiobook project will make available a poetic memoir that speaks to the difficulties of growing up as a Black male on the East Coast of the United States.
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BLINK!

  • Cia Cole, B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence

Project Description

This documentary storytelling project shows how classical music in urban communities inspires intuitive movement and value. It describes how classical music creates instantaneously powerful movements and leaders through interdisciplinary dialogue around the arts, history and sciences.
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Building Black Kansas City

  • Carmaletta Williams, Executive Director, Black Archives of Mid-America

Project Description

Building Black Kansas City is an oral history project focusing on the African American experience in Kansas City, MO in the mid twentieth century, beginning at the end of World War II.
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Building Interdisciplinary Stories with the Integrated Arts Research Initiative at the Spencer Museum of Art

  • Ryan Waggoner, Director of Creative Services, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas
  • Joey Orr, The Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas

Project Description

Each academic year, the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) at the Spencer Museum of Art organizes an inquiry that encompasses a large spectrum of practitioners across the arts, sciences, and humanities.
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Coming to the Heartland

  • Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, University of Kansas
  • Elizabeth MacGonagle, Associate Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, University of Kansas

Project Description

Focusing on the diversity, adversity, and struggles of Latin American and African immigrants in the Heartland, this initiative asks how the new digital age affects the stories that immigrants tell, as well as the possibilities for their visibility in the wider community.
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Community-based approaches to digital storytelling: Marginalized women’s technology access and use

  • Hyunjin Seo, Professor, Oscar Stauffer Chair in Journalism, and Associate Dean for Research and Development, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Kansas

Project Description

This project offers education in digital storytelling technology to women transitioning from incarceration. Based on a co-design approach, the program participants will learn and use digital storytelling techniques to tell their own stories of challenges and opportunities related to online privacy and security.
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Connecting our Community to its Past through Digital Resources

  • Will Haynes, Director of Engagement and Learning, Watkins Museum of History
  • Sarah Bell, Development Director, Watkins Museum of History
  • Steve Nowak, Executive Director, Watkins Museum of History
  • Brittany Keegan, Curator of Exhibits and Collections, Watkins Museum of History

Project Description

The Watkins Museum of History is spearheading a digital storytelling initiative that will result in the creation of curated digital collections and a public digital research facility.
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COVID-19 in the news: Community coverage of a global event

  • Erin Wolfe, Metadata Librarian, University of Kansas

Project Description

This project attempts to apply a macro lens to a community’s response to a global situation through in-depth analysis of local newspapers’ coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 Stories

  • Kathryn Conrad, Professor and Chair of English, University of Kansas
  • Ani Kokobobo, Associate Professor and Chair of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas

Project Description

“COVID-19 stories” includes formal narratives, social media stories, snapshots, drawings, or anything else that captures experiences of the pandemic in Douglas County, Kansas.
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Decolonizing Information Paths: (Re) Visualizing Indigenous Sovereignty in Academic Libraries

  • L. Marie Avila, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, University of Kansas

Project Description

Decolonizing Information Paths: (Re) Visualizing Indigenous Sovereignty in Academic Libraries provides a decolonized version of academic librarianship by employing digital storytelling techniques to delineate networks of Indigenous librarianship, acknowledging the sovereignty of that professional network.
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Digital Douglas County History

  • Melissa Fisher Isaacs, Information Services Coordinator, Lawrence Public Library
  • Brad Allen, Executive Director, Lawrence Public Library

Project Description

The Lawrence Public Library launched this project in partnership with the Watkins Museum of History in 2017. A portal to digital local history, Digital Douglas County History uses Omeka, an open source web-publishing platform, as its framework.
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Dockum Drug Store Sit-In Virtual Reality Project

  • Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade, Past President of the Board, The Kansas African American Museum
  • Denise Sherman, Executive Director, The Kansas African American Museum

Project Description

On July 19, 1958, a group of Wichita students began a movement, the Dockum Drug Store Sit-In, that would become a critical moment in the history of ending segregation.
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Emmett Till Memory Project

  • Dave Tell, Professor of Communication Studies and Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas

Project Description

Twenty-first century attempts to commemorate the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till have been met with persistent vandalism. Born in direct response to that vandalism, the Emmett Till Memory Project is a website and mobile application that preserves the sites and stories of the Till lynching.
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Finding La Yarda: A digital storytelling art installation

  • Ann Dean, Photographer, Lawrence Arts Center
  • Johnathan Christensen Caballero, Artist, Lawrence Arts Center
  • Blanca Herrada, Exhibitions Coordinator, Lawrence Arts Center
  • Ben Ahlvers, Exhibitions Director, Lawrence Arts Center
  • Peter Jasso, Filmmaker, Incomplete Films
  • Marlo Angell, Project Director/ Filmmaker, Lawrence Arts Center
Finding La Yarda is an immersive multimedia art experience recreating a room from La Yarda, the housing unit built for Mexican American railroad workers in Lawrence, Kansas from 1920-51. Using film, sound, art and digital storytelling practices, Finding La Yarda brings oral history to life by taking audiences on a cultural journey through time and place.
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Free State Story Slam

  • Margaret Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Lawrence Arts Center
  • Elizabeth Sullivan, Director of Performing Arts, Lawrence Arts Center
  • David Hollond, Founder, Free State Story Slam; Lawrence Arts Center

Project Description

For 11 years, the Free State Story Slam storytelling series has had a home at the Lawrence Arts Center.
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From Disability Rights to Disability Justice in Kansas: Reflecting on the First Fifty Years, Anticipating Better Futures

  • Ray Mizumura-Pence, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Kansas

Project Description

The project chronicles the pursuit of disability rights and justice in Kansas as an ongoing struggle. Some fifty years ago, a disability rights movement emerged in the United States along with passage of federal laws mandating accessibility and forbidding discrimination.
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GeoTestimonios Transfronterizxs

  • Sylvia Fernández, (Until December 2021) Public and Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, and Co-Principal Investigator, Stories for All / (From January 2022) Assistant Professor, Digital Technology and Culture, Washington State University // (hasta diciembre 2021) Posdoctoranda en Humanidades Públicas y Digitales con el Hall Center for the Humanities, Universidad de Kansas, y co-principal investigadora, Historias para todos-Stories for All / (después de enero de 2022) Profesora Asistente, Programa de Tecnología Digital y Cultura, Universidad del Estado de Washington
  • Gris Muñoz, Independent writer / Escritora independiente
GeoTestimonios is a living border-community storytelling project that reappropriates personal experiences through testimonies and literary narratives about life in the El Paso-Juárez border region.

GeoTestimonios es un proyecto narrativo de comunidades fronterizas que reapropia experiencias personales a través de testimonios y narrativas literarias sobre la vida en la región fronteriza de El Paso-Juárez.
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Gila River Generations

  • Shane Lynch, PhD Candidate in American Studies, University of Kansas

Project Description

This Indigenous videogame, based in the O’odham and Pee Posh cultures, incorporates traditional stories that guide the player from creation narratives to the near present, celebrating the unification and continuations of culture.
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Heartland Makers Collective: Digitizing the Wak’o Mujeres Phu Nu Womxn Mural Project: Stories of Kansas Women of Color

  • Imani Wadud, Heartland Makers Collective Community Project Facilitator and Program Coordinator
The Wak'o Mujeres Phu Nu Womxn Mural Project: Stories of Kansas Women of Color, nearly eight feet tall and half a city block in length, is a project for women of color, by women of color, to empower women of color. The mural was based on over twenty oral histories conducted by the Women of Color Makers Collective. These oral histories will now be transcribed, digitized, and shared with the public in the form of podcasts and an online digital exhibition.
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History of Black Writing (HBW)

  • Ayesha Hardison, Associate Professor of English and of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Director, History of Black Writing, University of Kansas, and Co-Principal Investigator, Stories for All

Project Description

Since its establishment in 1983, the History of Black Writing (HBW) has committed to literary recovery work and public programming.
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Invested Stayers: Portraits of Teachers who Thrive in Challenging Times

  • Terri L. Rodriguez, Professor of Education, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
  • Kristen Pastore-Capuana, Assistant Professor of English, Buffalo State College
  • Heidi L. Hallman, Professor of Curriculum and Teaching, University of Kansas

Project Description

“Invested Stayers: Portraits of Teachers who Thrive in Challenging Times” features stories of K-12 teachers in U.S. schools who we call invested stayers, or those who have persisted and thrived in the teaching profession.
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Kansas: An Eclogue

  • Joshua Nathan, Independent Filmmaker
  • Patrick Ross, Independent Filmmaker

Project Description

KANSAS: An Eclogue will be a full-length documentary film. The project evolved from a walking journey across the state of Kansas by the film’s co-directors, Patrick Ross and Joshua Nathan, independent filmmakers from Kansas, now living in Los Angeles, CA.
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Las Colonias: The Housing of Poverty in Modern Americas

  • Bobby Cervantes, PhD Candidate in American Studies, University of Kansas

Project Description

Scholarly and popular accounts of the U.S.-Mexico border, one of the world’s most contentious geopolitical divides, often depict nearby communities as caught between clashing nations.
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Negro League Video Shorts

  • Bob Kendrick, President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Project Description

Storytelling has long played an important role in filling the void of Black history which is often excluded from the pages of American History books.
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Our Tomorrows

  • Rebecca Gillam, Associate Director, Center for Public Partnerships and Research, University of Kansas
  • Jenny Flinders, Research Project Manager, Center for Public Partnerships and Research, University of Kansas

Project Description

Our Tomorrows utilizes a novel framework to capture family experiences about thriving and surviving to inform policies and practices to better meet the needs of families.
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Pa k’u’x / Desde el centro / From the Center

  • Vianna González, Founder, Ki’kotemal Tijob’al, Guatemala
  • Willy Barreno, Founder, Ki’kotemal Tijob’al, Guatemala
  • Nela Tahay, K’iche’ instructor, Nahualá, Sololá, Guatemala
  • Ignacio Carvajal, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Kansas, and Co-Principal Investigator, Stories for All

Project Description

This project serves two main purposes, both of them anchored around Guatemala specifically and Central America in general. The first aim of the project is to create a digital repository dedicated to Maya K’iche’ language learning.
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Police Brutality Song

  • Tai Amri Spann-Ryan, Co-founder, B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence
  • Alex Kimball Williams, Co-founder, B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence
  • Cia Cole, B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence

Project Description

This music video will tell regional stories of police brutality. The song describes the beautiful life and dreams of a young Black man whose life is taken too soon by police in his neighborhood.
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Preserving the History and Contributions of Interprofessional Practice and Education

  • Teri Kennedy, Ida Johnson Feaster Professor of Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy, and Research, and Associate Dean, Office of Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy, and Research, School of Nursing, University of Kansas

Project Description

IPE@KUMC/KU preserves the history and continuing contributions to interprofessional practice and education (IPE) by The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) and The University of Kansas (KU) through a podcast series, oral histories, and archival documents to be preserved in collaboration with the Clendening History of Medicine Library and KUMC Archives.
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Reclaiming Home: Remembering the Topeka Bottoms

  • Donna Rae Pearson, Local Historian, Kitchen Table History
  • Valerie Mendoza, Director, Title III Strenghtening Institutions Grant, Washburn University
  • María Velasco, Professor of Visual Art, University of Kansas
“Reclaiming Home” will tell the story of Topeka’s Bottoms neighborhood through oral history, a documentary and art. In the 1950s and ’60s, more than 3,000 Topekans were forced to leave their homes and businesses in the Bottoms district in downtown to make way for new real estate development as part of the Urban Renewal Project.
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rePRO Film

  • Jill Lafer, rePRO Consultant
  • Emily Christensen, rePRO Periodical Copywriter
  • Asha Dahya, rePRO Podcast Host, Author, TEDx speaker and founder of GirlTalkHQ.com
  • Neha Aziz, rePRO Film Programmer, Programmer at Cleveland International Film Festival, Austin Asian American Film Festival, Podcaster
  • Kylie Brown, repRO Film Digital Director, Livefree Lab
  • Mallory Martin, Co-Founder, rePRO Film, Artistic Director, Artistic Director, Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Lela Meadow-Conner, Curator/Producer/Founder, mama.film
The rePRO Film Periodical is a free, monthly newsletter available via email and online. Each issue centers an area of reproductive and health and justice and includes a curated short film, an original interview podcast featuring storytellers and activists, further reading and links to advocacy organizations.
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Stories of African-American Life in Lawrence

  • Sara Minor, Secretary, Lawrence Kansas Branch NAACP
  • Ursula Minor, President, Lawrence Kansas Branch NAACP
  • Lois Orth-Lopes, Assistant Secretary, Lawrence Kansas Branch NAACP

Project Description

This project will collect stories from local black families about the racial history of Lawrence, KS. In recent years, the local NAACP chapter has worked with the city and the Equal Justice Initiative to bring high-profile moments of local racism to light.
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Tell Me a Story

  • Michelle Conine, Education Coordinator, Mid-America All-Indian Museum
  • Erin Raux, Museum Director, Mid-America All-Indian Museum
  • April Scott, Executive Director, Mid-America All-Indian Museum

Project Description

We are a museum dedicated to educating people about and preserving the heritage of the American Indian for future generations.
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The Boston Reproductive Justice Audiowalk

  • Katie Batza, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas

Project Description

This Audiowalk is a work of historical scholarship, a call to arms, and a motivational tool for continued efforts toward reproductive justice.
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The Jurisprudence and Child Privacy Praxis of Black and Native-American Home Education

  • Najarian Peters, Associate Professor of Law, University of Kansas, and Co-Principal Investigator, Stories for All

Project Description

The tradition of Black home education dates back to 1787, when Prince Hall petitioned the Massachusetts Legislature for a “Free Africa” school for the children of free Black families.
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This is Our Land: Democratization of the environment by adventure and storytelling

  • Stephen Garlow, 38North
  • Stuart Beals, 38North
  • Jenna Goodman, 38North
  • Jonathan Groene, 38North
  • Clara Groene, 38North

Project Description

38N invites Kansans to tell their stories of adventure in the Sunflower State. Outdoor novices and accomplished adventurers, skilled and unskilled artists, are all welcome to tell their Kansas adventure stories in their own, unique manner.
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Trading Fours: An Oral Exchange on Jazz Musical Influence and Biography

  • Rashida Phillips, Executive Director, American Jazz Museum
  • James McGee, Senior Manager of Visitor and Virtual Experience, American Jazz Museum

Project Description

The American Jazz Museum’s permanent exhibition features four prominent icons, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker.
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Under the Rainbow: Oral Histories of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (GLBTQ) People in Kansas

  • Tami Albin, Associate Librarian, Center for Faculty/Staff Initiatives and Engagement, University of Kansas

Project Description

Over the last 10-15 years there has been a noticeable increase in interest in the field of queer rural studies to correct for previous assumptions that queer history was always urban and usually on the coast.
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Untold Stories

  • Olivia Sabal, MSW Sigler Family Aging Scholar, University of Kansas
  • Kamri Wolverton, MSW Sigler Family Aging Scholar, University of Kansas
  • Tobi Barta, MSW Sigler Family Aging Scholar, University of Kansas
  • Sarah Jen, Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare; Director, Sigler Family Aging Scholars Program, University of Kansas

Project Description

Untold Stories is an arts-based community-action project, seeking to illuminate the experiences of older adults through conversation, collaboration, art, and advocacy.
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Voices of the Displaced

  • Nishani Frazier, Associate Professor of History and American Studies, University of Kansas, and Co-Principal Investigator, Stories for All
  • Amanda Lawson, Assistant Director of Research for the L.I.F.E. Research Lab, Miami University

Project Description

Gentrification, the calculated reclamation of black urban spaces for financially affluent new homeowners, is spreading through black communities across America.
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Wichita Nonwhite Business Owners tell Their Stories

  • Robert Weems, Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History, Wichita State University
  • Sue Abdinnour, Omer Distinguished Professor in Business, Wichita State University
  • Jay Price, Professor of History and Director of the Local and Community History Program

Project Description

Nonwhite entrepreneurs rarely appear in broad-based histories or surveys of American enterprise. Existing studies of ethnic/nonwhite businesses focus upon commercial operations; this project gives priority to illuminating the motivations of nonwhite individuals to become entrepreneurs.
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