CTDA Open Meeting 2022

Join us on Friday June 17, 2022 for the CTDA Open Meeting. NOW VIRTUAL


Connect with all the links, web sites, books and articles mentioned in the meeting at our CTDA Zotero Library



Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Katherine Hermes

“Forgotten Voices of the Revolutionary War: People of Color and the Redding Encampment, 1778-1779”

Dr. Katherine Hermes

Katherine Hermes has taught in the History Department at Central Connecticut State University since 1997. She taught courses on Anglo-American legal history, Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, and the American Revolution, as well as other courses in Early American History. She is the co-author with Alexandra Maravel of several articles and book chapters on Native American history in New England and the author of book chapters on Native legal history. She is the director of the “Uncovering Their History” project for the Ancient Burying Ground Association of Hartford (https://www.africannativeburialsct.org) and the supervisor of the “Forgotten Voices” website for CRISRadio, which has received a National Park Service Battlefield Interpretation Grant.

Tentative Agenda:





9:00 - 9:45

CTDA Advisory Meeting. The CTDA Advisory Meeting is cancelled.

9:15 - 10:00

Zoom meeting opens, join the group, or create a breakout session to talk to friends.

10:00 - 11:00

Keynote: Katherine Hermes, Department of History, CCSU (Topic TBA)

11:00 - 11:15

Break (refreshments on your own)

11:15 - 12:15

The New CTDA: Presentation and Demonstration

12:15 - 1:30

Lunch on your own.

1:30 - 2:30

Breakouts. (Facilitated conversations suggested by our members)


#1 “I use the CTDA, how does this change my (working) life?” (Facilitated by Meg Rinn)


#2 Collections management tools and CTDA (Facilitated by Mike Kemezis)


#3 Inclusion and equity in descriptive practices (Facilitated by Tina Panik)


#4 Tips and Tricks working in the CTDA System (Facilitated by TBA)


#5 Intro to the CTDA for new and potential members. (short presentation by Greg Colati followed by conversation)

2:30 - 2:45


2:45 - 3:45

Lightning talks. Note: Lightning talks will be given in this order


  • Anna Newman and Gail Hurley (CSL) Digitizing the newspapers of Connecticut

  • Natalie Curtis: (CTDA) Hidden Connecticut in the CTDA

  • Rachael Nutt: (CTDA) CTDA in Context, expanding access to under documented communities, and community archives

  • Elisa Graydon and Michelle Williams (Coast Guard Academy) Digitizing the SPAR Notebooks

  • Molly Woods (CHS) CCHAP (Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Project)

  • Sharon Clapp The case of the Runaway Website: What it teaches us about
    “Digital Preservation”

  • Brooke Gemmell (Greenhouse Studios) The Harvest Headache

  • Mike Kemezis: (CT Humanities) Statewide Digital Initiative

  • Tina Panik (Avon FPL) “I Found it on the CTDA!”

3:45 - 4 pm

Wrap up and good bye--Thanks for joining us for the day!

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