Arboretum Project

Our project about the arboretum is finished! Our final product is an Omeka site, which can be viewed here. We covered the early development, land usage, educational uses, history of Lyman lakes, and recreational uses. View our Omeka site to see what we have learned and to learn more about the arboretum on campus.



  1. Team Arb,

    I am going through your final project and looking at everyone’s contributions, which are really interesting so far! I will give targeted feedback on those soon, but I just wanted to drop a line saying that the overall Omeka site for the final project is looking a little sparse.

    The assignment asked for the final projects to “be presented with clear narrative introduction, bibliography and supporting documentation,” but right now you just have a very brief welcome statement on the About page and then the embedded interactive maps and timelines.

    I understand that Joseph is working on uploading the metadata and items into Omeka, once he works out the CSV Import kinks, but the site should also contain some of the “how we did it” information that was in your presentation and a listing of information about the team members.

    Please upload the presentation to our shared Google Drive folder, and you may want to upload it to your site as well, or at least extract that information, since you put a lot of work into it and it would be good to share publicly to your site’s visitors.

    More on individual contributions soon…

  2. This looks great! I like that you guys have menu that talk about the early developments, educational uses…etc. It’s really helpful. You guys did a great presentation and the website looks really neat. Great job!

  3. You put together a really interesting website! I feel like it’s easy to forget that the Arb is full of history, even though it doesn’t have all the physical structures the rest of campus has. Did you guys know that there’s a ford of the Cannon River in the Arb that a Carleton professor discovered was part of a frequently-used trading path used by Native Americans before Northfield was even a city?

    My favorite part of the way you’ve presented all this information is your use of old documents along with the pictures. Taking those documents out of the archives website and presenting them along with interpretive information makes them a lot more accessible to the public, which is exactly what DH is about.

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