Hannah O’Daniel (M.A. Public History) received the first Kentucky Public History Intern Award
Hannah O'Daniel left & Constance Alexander, president of the Kentucky Historical Society Governing Board on right.
Hannah O’Daniel, a master's student in Public History, showed exemplary work ethic and diligent attention to the research process which led to her receiving the award. She never hesitated to take on a new challenge, to expand her own knowledge and skills, and to continue to make history relevant and accessible.
O’Daniel had internships at the Filson Historical Society, where she processed archival material to make it available to researchers, and at the Kentucky Historical Society.
At KHS she was involved with several projects:
- She worked with the Kentucky Oral History Commission and helped write the KHS manual for using a system that makes oral histories more widely accessible and searchable.
- She was among the first graduate research assistants who worked with the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Edition (CWGK). CWGK is making thousands of documents available to researchers for the first time. (Info here.) As a GRA, Hannah transcribed documents and researched people mentioned within them to help build the comprehensive database behind CWGK.
- At the CWGK summer symposium this year, Hannah acted as a “reporter,” tweeting it so people who could not attend could learn from the experts gathered there.