03-04-2017 The History Truck WIC Work/Shop
The History Truck WIC Work/Shop
March 4, 2017 1 PM to March 4, 2017 4PM
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
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Historian and artist Erin Bernard, developer of the Philadelphia History Truck, an innovative, community-based
public history project at Temple University, will be at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on March 4, 2017.
Bernard will speak about her current work in progress in a talk titled, “The History Truck WIC Work/Shop” at 1 p.m.
She will discuss how her work is moving from the linked, neighborhood based model of the history truck projects to new approaches in the city-wide WIC Work/Shop. This project explores the Women, Infants and Children program, a program that Bernard herself participated in at one time, using diverse historical resources and bringing to bear multiple points of view: participants, administrators, and scholars. Program recipients as well as scholars are considered expert witnesses. The project will recreate a WIC office and also an exhibit at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia.
An engaging speaker, Erin Bernard is among the rising generation of young historians developing new ideas about community history in concert with her urban neighbors. She works in the store front tradition, using an adapted commercial van and digital technology to assist groups in developing community-based projects based on oral histories, archival documents, collective mapping and other resources. These are exhibited on-site and to larger audiences on the web in an evolving Philadelphia-based public history practice. Many of the neighborhood projects explore everyday factors such as fire, homelessness, and the expansion of large institutions such as hospitals and universities in urban neighborhoods as aspects of work and family life.
Bernard comes to Little Rock in conjunction with Women’s History Month and the collaborative exhibit Reflections: Images and Objects from African American Women, 1891-1987 now on view at Esse Purse Museum, co-produced by Esse and the Mosaic Templars staff. The First Person Plural working group, which is conducting an oral history series with Arkansas women, and its partner Just Communities of Arkansas organized Bernard’s visit with these and other collaborators, including the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, and the Little Rock Central High School Historic Site, NPS.