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Draft 1

Here it is!  It’s not very fleshed out now and actually looks quite boring, because all of my sources are (mostly) in print and I’m trying to wade through all of them.


Summary: Historic cemeteries are valuable resources that hold boundless information and data for modern researchers, as well as sentimental value to families of those interred there.  Sadly, many fall into disrepair due to the passage of time, natural weather processes, and human error.  When this happens, the historic information about the community and the people who lived there vanishes.  While the Haleyville United Methodist Church cemetery in southern New Jersey is well-taken care of, natural and chemical processes are beginning to take their toll and deteriorate the headstones on the site.  My preservation plan will set a course of action that will facilitate current and future preservation goals through 1) identifying the issues and solutions, 2) providing a context for understanding and appropriately approaching this particular cemetery, 3) providing resources and recommendations for care, and finally, 4) arguing for the importance of preserving graveyards as memorial spaces and historic resources.


Gaps or Problems: I’m still working on when I’m going to get my family group and deterioration mapping together– hopefully it’ll be done Thursday or at the latest, early next week.  I’m rather unsure how to map things on my own, so this will be an adventure.  Also, there’s not much content up just yet.  A good deal of my sources are currently on paper, so I’m working on pulling them all together and putting them in a coherent digital form.  The text that’s up there is chunks of the presentation I’m preparing for my class on this project, so it covers the basic factual gist of what I’m going for, but doesn’t go into too much detail just yet.  Also, there will be lots more pictures.  I’m going to work more on this throughout the week, so look for more things to pop up as the days go by.


  • Do you think it would be helpful to have videos from preservation organizations embedded in the pages in order to showcase how the preservation work is actually done?
  • Do you think that a website format is intuitive, in that people can follow the order of what pages they’re supposed to go to as they read more?
  • In terms of my argument, what do you think is the best way to display that?  A separate page on the site?  Argue the point throughout each individual page?  What would work best for you as readers?
  • I know that a lot of this is really technical talk and once the actual content is up instead of just placeholders, it’ll get a lot more detailed.  That being said, I’d like if you see something that isn’t clear or a concept you don’t quite understand, let me know so I can define it. 




Digital essay, draft 1

The first draft of your digital essay is due next Tuesday, 4/29.  What do I mean by draft? Allow me to quote from myself. Here’s what I wrote to my E110 class this semester:

draft is an open and approximate version of the piece you want to write. It is not simply a set of notes, or an intro, or outline, or ideas toward an essay . . . Rather, it is an attempt to write the actual thing, the essay itself, even while knowing that you are not yet quite in a position to write that thing, that you still have more work to do.

An analogy might be to a sketch or study that an artist makes of a painting, or a demo that a musician makes of a song. The attempt in each case  is to offer a sense of what the final version might look or sound like—even if all the details haven’t been worked out or filled in, and even if key parts of the piece are still open to change. I’m hesitant to use the metaphor of a rough draft, since that can suggest something hastily or sloppily done, but in a sense that is what you want to do—to rough out your essay, put together an approximate version of it as a whole, so that you can then later go back to reshape, develop, and refine it.

So that’s what I want you to try to do for next week—to create a first, working version of your essay, something that gets at what you think you want to say, but that is still open to change and revision.

So, conceptually, that’s what I’m after. In terms of logistics, here’s what I’d suggest: Create your draft. Send your writing group a URL that presents your work in progress. With your URL, write a cover memo in which you: (a) briefly summarize your project, (b) note any gaps or problems in your present draft, (c) tell us what sort of feedback you’d find most useful at this stage in your work.


  1. Tues,4/29, 11:59 pm: Post a link to your first draft, with your cover to this site. Use digital essay as your category.
  2. Thurs, 5/01, 11:59 pm: Share responses to drafts with your group members. (See Responding to drafts.) Please copy all members of the group and me  on your responses to each draft.
  3. Fri, 5/02, class: Read through the responses to your draft. Come to class with whatever materials—online or in print—you will need to facilitate discussion of your work.


  • One (Woodchucks): Janel, Michael, Gab, Heather
  • Two (Groundhogs): Petra, Caitlin, Nagmeh, Chris
  • Three (Gophers): Kiley, Callie, Bel, Katie