Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project

News & Updates

What We are Doing Now

  • We are making some adjustments to the project website and to the arrangement of materials on the website in preparation for providing our Community Advisors credentials to review all materials on the project website.  This review will provide the project team with valuable feedback we can use to bring the project website one step closer to public launch.
  • We are adding to our project documentation so future team members and (eventually) members of the public will be able to see how the project operates and how the project team works on materials.

What's Coming Up

  • After the university's Winter Break ends, the project team will resume work recording and drafting descriptive metadata for Genoa-related correspondence.  The team will then conduct some quality control reviews of this work to help prepare these materials for inclusion on the project website.
  • We will hire at least one new team member to help the project make progress on its goals.
  • We will create standards and definitions for our descriptive metadata for smaller sets of Genoa materials, such as student registration documents, medical records, vacation request documents, school censuses, and more.
  • We will begin planning a second trip to the National Archives in Denver to scan and photograph more Genoa materials.

What We've Done

Fall 2019:

  • In September, we welcomed two new Undergraduate Research Assistants to the project team and began training them.
  • In September, the team also celebrated the milestone of importing more than 1,400 pages of student applications into the project’s content management system (Mukurtu), in preparation for eventual public release on the project website. 
  • We recorded and drafted descriptive metadata for 75 Genoa-related receipts.
  • We created standards and definitions for our descriptive metadata for Genoa-related correspondence.
  • We digitized VHS tapes of oral history interviews conducted at the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation over the past several decades.  We also cleaned up and enhanced the audio for these interviews, created transcriptions of the content, and created descriptive metadata for each interview.
  • We successfully imported more than 420 pages of additional student applications, 150 pages of Genoa-related receipts, and 180 pages of student permanent records, registration cards, records of pupil, and discipline reports into the project's content management system.
  • We completed our first trip to the National Archives branch in Denver, and scanned and photographed more than 700 pages of Genoa materials.
  • Members of the project team conducted an internal review of materials we imported into the project website so the team could correct any data and/or design errors before the Fall 2019 meeting of the project’s Community Advisors Council.
  • The Community Advisors Council met on November 15, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • We edited and processed all materials scanned and photographed during our first digitization trip to the National Archives in Denver.
  • We recorded and drafted descriptive metadata for roughly 700 pieces of Genoa-related correspondence.

Summer 2019:

  • We conducted a job search for two new Undergraduate Research Assistants.
  • We began planning for the Fall 2019 meeting of the project’s Community Advisors Council.
  • We began planning a trip to the National Archives in Denver, to digitize even more Genoa materials.
  • We created standards and definitions for our descriptive metadata for Genoa-related receipts and began work recording and drafting this metadata.
  • We worked on the project website, refining how it handles and displays documents and other materials.
  • Several members of the project team attended and presented at the annual reunion of the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation in Genoa, Nebraska.
  • We conducted successful test imports of student application files into the project’s content management system (Mukurtu).
  • We finished recording and drafting metadata for the student written records.
  • We finished editing and processing more than 2,100 images of materials scanned and photographed during our third digitization trip to the National Archives in Kansas City.
  • We created standards and definitions for our descriptive metadata for the student written records and began recording this information.
  • The team received training on archival photography and two members of the project team returned to the National Archives in Kansas City, where they photographed and scanned over 2,100 additional documents in five days.
  • We finished recording and drafting the descriptive metadata for all student applications digitized to date.

Spring 2019:  

  • We conducted interviews and hiring for the summer.
  • We created standards and definitions for our descriptive metadata for the student applications and we began recording this information for all student applications digitized to date.
  • The Project Manager received digital humanities training at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada and both the Project Manager and the team's Preservation and Audiovisual Lead attended the National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining DH Workshop in Provo, Utah.
  • The team celebrated the news that the project was awarded a three-year Humanities Collections & Reference Resources Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • We made some basic changes to our website design.  
  • The Community Advisors Council met on April 12, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • We pulled and recorded the date of creation, names, and tribal affiliations present in the student applications we digitized, as part of our first pass at recording descriptive metadata for project materials.
  • We held the project's first informational webinar for the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO's) of the 40 nations which had children at the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation.
  • Members of the project team edited and processed more than 4,800 images of materials scanned and photographed at the National Archives in Kansas City.

Fall 2018:

  • We spent the latter part of the Fall editing and processing images of materials scanned and photographed at the National Archives in Kansas City.
  • In early October 2018, members of the project team attended the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition’s first national conference in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and presented on the project's work.
  • The Community Advisors Council met in Genoa, Nebraska on September 28, 2018.
  • Members of the project team attended the annual reunion of the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation in Genoa, Nebraska on August 11, 2018.

Spring 2018:

  • We convened the first meeting of our Community Advisors Council at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Libraries.
  • We presented on the project at the Nebraska State Museum's "Science Cafe" series, which was featured in a Nebraska Today news story.
  • We hired project staff.

Summer 2018:

  • We made two trips to the National Archives in Kansas City, conducted research in the archives, and scanned and photographed 4,835 pages of materials related to Genoa.
  • We held a training workshop with the developers of the Mukurtu content management system.
  • We connected with the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition about ways to support one another's work. 
  • We began building the project's infrastructure.
  • We met with community members who contributed material to be included in the project.

 


The Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project is a collaboration between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation; Community Advisors from the Ponca, Omaha, Winnebago, and Santee Sioux tribes of Nebraska; and descendants of those who attended Genoa. For additional information or other project-related inquiries, contact us.