Kelly Porter, Museology


Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom Project

Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom is a grassroots, web-based
oral history project devoted to passing on the memory of music and
dance in the jazz years through the lives and words of everyday
people. This evolving multimedia archive using the new Omeka platform,
is created simultaneously through new oral history research by its
founder, and contributions by the public. This project is a hopeful
experiment that seeks to enable a young dance community to come
together through the power of technology to preserve and make
meaningful the stories of their elders. Simultaneously it seeks to
explore new ways to create, preserve and curate digital collections
through social technology. This project is very grateful for the
support of oral historian Ron Chew, and Dr. Kris Morrissey for their