The Ghost Town Initiative
A Research Focus for HIST 710 Grassroots History
The Ghost Town Initiative is a line of research to be
carried out within the structure of the research seminar, HIST 710 Grassroots History. The
idea is to produce a series of papers treating individual ghost towns in
Participants in the Ghost Town Initiative operate within the regular framework of HIST 710 and submit assignments as required for the seminar. The assignments are tailored, however, to meet the needs of the initiative. For instance, the book review assignment will be filled by selecting a book from the Ghost Town Bibliography.
Parameters of Ghost Town Papers
2. The author will conduct documentary research both in certain standard sources for the topic and in the full array of local sources available.
3. The author will produce a paper observing, to a substantial degree, the recommended format for papers in the series. See this page for guidance as to common format and a generic outline.
Submissions to Accompany Papers
The following materials should be submitted on CD(s).
1. Collection of digital photographs documenting the site (JPEGs are fine)
2. Collection of historic photographs of the town (scanned, again, JPEGS are fine)
3. Collection of oral interviews about the town (wave files)
The following materials should be submitted as hard copy.
1. Documentation form for key features (including coordinates)
2. Map of the site, noting key features
3. Field notes from site reconnaissance (Word doc)
Disposition of the Papers
The Ghost Town Initiative is a long-term project with immediate, intermediate, and long-term aims.
· Immediate: authors are encouraged and supported (financially) in presentation of their papers at regional conferences
· Intermediate: papers and the accompanying submissions are used to build and expand the Ghost Towns of North Dakota website of the Center for Heritage Renewal (with full credit to authors)