Welcome to Echoes from the Archive!

How can we tell stories that have been buried within the archive? Can we make them new again?

Echoes from the Archive is an experiment in the connection between new media and traditional scholarship. Blurring the lines between academia and popular culture, Echoes serves to change the way we think and interact with the past.

Browse the site to listen to the audio podcast and learn more about public radio, archives, and the stories presented.


More about the project:

Stories are how we understand the world around us. Every day we read stories in newspapers or magazines, watch them on television, or listen to them on the radio. We tell stories amongst ourselves over dinner or coffee or the phone. We are constantly sharing bits and pieces of lives with those around us.

It is easy for these stories to be lost forever. With the twenty-four hour news cycle, stories lost prominence. In the every-growing sea of voices, it is often difficult to sustain a conversation, as we move so quickly from story to story. There seems to be little focus on the stories of hte past as we jump from one subject to the next without even pausing to let each story sink in. Some stories continue to remain untold and forgotten, buried within archives. The past can provide us with an understanding of the present: what's past is prologue. What if we were to bring new life to these forgotten stories of the archive? Can we see the lives of ordinary people in a new way? Can they help us understand the past or present better? Everyone has a story to tell, so why not let the voices be heard?

This project includes a podcast entitled "Echoes from the Archive," which uses NPR's "This American Life" as a model. The episode centers on the theme of escape and contains three stories: the Laotian immigrant story of Thongwan Champassak, the slave narrative of George Womble, and the convinct escape of Richard Henry Post.