Columbine. Sandy Hook. Mother Emanuel. Pulse Nightclub. The history of the past two decades is littered with the names of the sites of tragedy– these are sites and communities torn apart by mass gun violence. Although these incidents continue to multiply, with their graphic media coverage and expansive digital footprint, public historians are just beginning to come together to assemble resources to document and interpret the complicated histories of these events.


In an effort to combine and intensify the work around these traumatic events, several participants at the National Council on Public History’s 2019 Annual Meeting (held in Hartford, CT) came together in an active digital development workshop–a hackathon–to aggregate and expand related digital public history work by creating this digital commons. Our work builds on conversations on gun violence that NCPHers engaged in the 2018 Meeting (Las Vegas), and provided the participants with an introduction to useful digital public history tools.


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