Two of our Master’s of Public History students, Steve Oldfield and Sean Thomas, are making big news with what they thought was a small project.
About year ago at NKU Steve Oldfield heard the historian Bill Baker speak about the Battle of Augusta and suggested a project for his master’s capstone, along with Sean Thomas, on the 1862 battle. Together, Thomas and Oldfield first created a DVD and walking tour of the battle site using QR Smartphone capabilities.
News of the pair’s projects spread like wildfire through social media and was picked up as far afield as Houston, Texas and San Francisco, by the San Francisco Chronicle (full article below).
Two Northern Kentucky University graduate students are working on a film about a Civil War battle and counting on internet donations to complete the project.
Steve Oldfield and Sean Thomas are using the philanthropic website Kickstarter to raise at least $10,000 for their documentary, “Hurrah for Kentucky: The Fierce, Forgotten Fight for Augusta,” The Ledger Independent reported.
Thomas is pursuing a master’s degree in public history from Northern Kentucky University and is also overseeing a long-term project on the Underground Railroad in New Richmond, Ohio and surrounding communities.
Oldfield, a broadcast journalist who teaches at the University of Cincinnati, said about year ago at NKU he heard the historian Bill Baker speak about the Battle of Augusta and Oldfield suggested a project on the 1862 battle.
Together, Thomas and Oldfield first created a DVD and walking tour of the battle site using QR Smartphone capabilities.
In their Kickstarter introduction online, they explain the history of the battle and their interest in expanding the footage they acquired into a quality documentary.
“We had probably an hour of interesting footage from every person we spoke with about the importance of the battle,” said Oldfield, who is also finishing up a master’s of public history degree from NKU. “Augusta’s story and the battle is the story of what the whole country was going through and showed what a tragedy it was during the Civil War.”
“Only in recent years has the full story been revealed after a transcript from a court-martial over the battle was discovered at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The documentary features best-selling author Jeff Shaara and some of Kentucky’s most notable historians along with Augusta resident Nick Clooney, father of actor George Clooney, telling this important but forgotten story,” Oldfield and Thomas wrote in the introduction. “This is the first full-length documentary describing the events of that devastating day.”
Through Kickstarter, donations could be made to the project, which is only funded if the goal amount is reached.
We’re still waiting to hear whether the pair achieved their goal!
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