I’m fascinated by the idea of feedback, so here are a couple of ideas:
First, I’m currently working on a Primary Source historical reader of a series of letters from the 19th century. The Ranney brothers were a half-dozen guys who were mostly born in Ashfield Massachusetts in the first decade of the 1800s. They spread from Ashfield to western New York, southwestern Michigan, Arkansas, the Indian Nation (Tahlequah), and several went looking for gold at Pike’s Peak and California. They wrote to each other about family concerns, politics (they were abolitionists), and business (many were in the peppermint oil business). I discovered these letters (nearly a hundred!) in a file drawer in a town historical society. Photographed them, transcribed them, and have been writing historical frames for the letters. So far, they’re at https://mlpp.pressbooks.pub/ranneyletters/ .
I’ve used these letters with good results in my US History course, and I think they could be useful to other educators interested in giving their students insight into the concerns and interests of regular people in rural America in the nineteenth century. I’m not unhappy with the format so far, but I was thinking Hypothesis might be helpful and it is not available in the Pressbooks platform I’m currently using. Could I get it here?
Second, I’m planning a “Readings in American Environmental History” course this summer for upper-level History undergrads and grad-level Minnesota High School teachers looking for continuing ed credits. It will use my existing textbook but will include readings from the core texts of the field (monographs and articles).
I’m considering adding to the existing text, but I’m also considering collaborating with other recent Env. Hist. graduates on a “Comps Field Readings” anthology based on the notes we all took when we read these texts in grad school. This might be a team-built text, and it might evolve over time as new grad students participated – and again Hypothesis might be an ideal way to engage readers/students.
My main question is, how does collaboration work here and can I create some projects or is that something I have to get permission to do each time from a gatekeeper?