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Jewish Life in Interwar Lodz

IU expands museum installation in Lodz based on interwar artifacts placed in a 1920s kitchen.

This past year CyberDH formed a partnership with Associate Professor of Music, Halina Goldberg on her digital project, Jewish Life in Interwar Lodz. Goldberg began by creating a digital version of an actual museum installation in Lodz based on interwar artifacts placed in a 1920s kitchen. When Goldberg partnered with CyberDH, it was to expand the site to accommodate scholarship, microhistories, exhibits, and an archive about interwar Lodz. Adam Hochstetter (CyberDH) created a multimodal site using both Omeka and Scalar to accommodate the array of media integrated into the project. Hochstetter (CyberDH) pioneered seemless integration between the two, going beyond Scalar's built-in cross-platform compatibility. Tassie Gniady (CyberDH) streamlined the workflow and made it reproducable for other digital histories. The site continues to grow as scholars and artists contribute their work.

Goldberg wrote about the physical exhibit and its digital future in "Family Pictures at an Exhibition: History, Autobiography, and the Museum Exhibit on Jewish lodz 'In Mrs. Goldberg's Kitchen,'" an essay in Going to the People: Jews and the Ethnographic Impulse, a 2016 collection from IU Press. Hochstetter presented on the technical work at KeystoneDH in Pittsburgh, PA on June 23rd, 2016, and the textile museum in Lodz continues to direct visitors to the digital site.

Caption: Website for Jewish Life in Interwar Lodz