Welcome to the Making History wiki!

The Making History class grew out of the Dana Hall Memory Project club, started in 2002. This course encourages students to explore Dana Hall history through the Nina Heald Webber '49 Archives, to bring that history into the classroom and the community, and to aid in the conservation of archived materials. Class members have the opportunity to “pull on the white gloves,” examine actual historical documents, and write original research papers on subjects relating to the school's past. This wiki is an extension of that class. Through this wiki students can share ideas, co-author entries, and help build an encyclopedia of Dana Hall history.

Research Avenues

Research has been done in a lot of areas since the club and class were created. Here is a less-than-methodical running list of topics. Topics for 2016-17 include:

What is a "wiki?"

A wiki is a collection of web pages that a community of users can update. It is a collaborative website. This particular wiki is private, in that only invited users from the Dana Hall community can see and edit its pages.

Format for each entry

  • Summary - a general overview of the topic(s) discussed in the page. This should be brief, but provide enough information for people to have a solid understanding of the topic.
  • Entry - this is the body of the page. This is where you go into detail on the topic and discuss everything that has been concluded through research.
  • Methodology - a paragraph or two about the avenues of research taken. This should include people you've talked to, resources used, an any other means of gathering information that you used.
  • Suggestions for future research - these are tips for your successors. Make sure you give them questions to answer or different paths of research to take if you did not have time to get to them.
  • Notes - this is a collection of all the information you, and past researches, have acquired. You should include photos, articles, emails, phone interviews, and any type of media. This is where people can look to get a more deeper understanding of the topic.


To explore the site, you can either browse by decade using the navigation bar to the left, or you can search the site using the search feature also on the left.


You will find several types of entries in this wiki: some are short interpretive essays about people and topics relating to the school's history; others are records of interesting primary sources from the school archives that relate to larger themes in school or national history. This site is not a digital archive; while some primary sources may be displayed on this site, it is designed as a collaborative tool.

Style rules

So that entries all remain consistent, here are a few rules:
  • Provide links to all digitized primary sources.
  • Cite all sources, as described in the next section below.
  • Sign each entry with your first and last name and graduation year. (ex. Zoe Stanley-Lockman 2010)

Transcription rules

  • Parentheses are used when they are part of the original document ( )
  • Square brackets are used for insertion by transcriber. [ ]
  • Misspelled Words: If a word is misspelled, type [sic] immediately after the word. The transcriber can also correct a misspelling: queshun [question]
  • Uncertain Readings: If you are unsure of the word, place a question mark in the square brackets after each questionable work. [?] OR if an entire word or phrase is questionable, you can make a guess , but enclose your guess in square brackets with a question mark: rendersveu [rendezvous?]
  • In case of details in the margins, use parentheses and enclose the location and content of the detail. (handwritten in left margin: "This is great!")
  • Mutilated or Illegible Manuscripts: If a word words can be guessed from the context, the expression is enclosed in square brackets. Thus: "it is en[evi]table that this will occur"; or "he [had] fallen." Uncertain but probable guesses are followed by a question mark, for example: "in the [Indi?]an wars." If no guess can be made, an appropriate remark may be supplied in this manner: [MS. burned], [MS. blotted]ke War, se[MS. illegible]ing ships, [name illegible], In the afternoon I went [MS. torn] and helped with the threshing.

Citation Guide

Discussion area

Each page has a discussion area, where students can discuss an entry they are collectively writing.