About the Project


This digital exhibit is the result of a successful university-community partnership, bringing together the UW-Milwaukee Libraries, the UW-Milwaukee Digital Humanities Lab, and the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. When the Jewish Museum Milwaukee first decided to mount an exhibit on Hedy Strnad, they turned to librarians and scholars in the Humanities to provide the broader context needed for understanding the artifacts. The Stitching History from the Holocaust digital exhibit is the first community-partnered project to emerge from the newly established Digital Humanities Lab, and provides a model for future partnerships

This digital exhibit creates a new context for the artifacts: one that provides evidence of Paul and Hedy Strnad’s experience and shares those remaining artifacts with the world. Rather than simply creating a website of the exhibit, the Digital Humanities team built the exhibit around a repository structure that affords each artifact its own descriptive information and enables further research and new narratives to grow around them. Many people worked on this project, in ways big and small, and each was captivated by the story of Hedy Strnad, and honored to help tell her story.


Institutional Collaborators

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee Digital Humanities Lab

UW-Milwaukee Libraries

UW-Milwaukee Cultures & Communities Program

Principal Investigators

Rachel N. Baum (UW-Milwaukee Center for Jewish Studies)

W. Warner (Bill) Wood (UW-Milwaukee Museum Studies Certificate Program)

Project Directors

Ann Hanlon (UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Humanities Lab)

Matthew Russell (UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Humanities Lab)

Project Lead

Will Tchakirides (UW-Milwaukee History Department)

Design & Development

Elaine Joy Basa (UW-Milwaukee English Department)

Trevor Berman (UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Collections)

Catherine Jones (Alverno College Library)

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon (UW-Milwaukee Libraries Special Collections)

Kris Purzycki (UW-Milwaukee English Department)

Media Editors

Allain Daigle (UW-Milwaukee English Department)

Benjamin Johnson (UW-Milwaukee English Department)

Digital Imaging

Ling Meng (UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Collections)

Metadata Support

Jasmine Burns (UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Collections)

Systems Support

Jim Lowrey (UW-Milwaukee Libraries)