Your own IM History

A Beginner’s Guide to IM Histories

Interested in getting involved? Here are some tips to get your project started:

  • Your community’s historical society is a great place to start, they will have a list of historical areas in and around your town. If they don’t, the internet and the library are valuable resources for any history project! (note: DON’T FORGET TO CITE YOU SOURCES!)
  • Check out the National Historical Registries to find places to map
  • Look at previous projects to get an idea of what has been done and then tailor it to meet your own needs (click on the “Existing IM Histories in other Communities” link under “Pages” to see a few examples)
  • As a student, it can be intimidating to contact the head of organizations or societies at first. But DO IT! They are really nice, supportive people, and chances are they’ll be excited by what you’re doing.
  • Send an e-mail to your local newspaper to enlist the help of others in your community and get everyone interested and involved.
  • Contact us!!! After your first meeting with the IM Histories program coordinators, we will start to organize your event!
    1. We will create your webpage with all of the information you need. You will also be able to add your own information so that your community can use it for reference.
    2. We will design the survey for the day of the event and submit it for your review, we will have a feedback session that allows you to give input on things you may or may not want on the survey
    3. On the day of the event, our volunteers and instructors teach the community about the importance of mapping and the various ways it can be used.
    4. During the event students, community members and volunteers will record and videotape stories about particular buildings or areas on the map.
    5. Students can then photograph and add at a later date.
    6. We will then conduct a post-survey so you can see how successful the program was
    7. Your project will then be featured on IM Histories “Projects” page so that we can share your success story with others!

Customize your Project

These are the basic processes we use for the IM Histories program, but they can be customized to fit your needs. Some examples of customization include: bilingual forms, student involvement competitions, and parent attitudinal surveys. We welcome any ideas and we do our best to make sure that the project is tailored to fit the needs of your community!