How do we make things meaningful? How do we make meaning? I engage in digital humanities work with historical data to explore these questions from the perspective of a public historian.

Here are some things I've written >>

Elephant Island party waving goodbye to boat across Arctic sea

Goodbye to All That
Reflections on Graduate School

Cynthia Heider | 25 July, 2018

Wartime Rationing, Food Aid, and "Civilized" Sickness: The Problem of Pellagra in 1918

Cynthia Heider | 9 May, 2018

Arts, Culture, and Philanthropy: The Robbed and the Robbers
Did museum "innovation" peak in 1892?

Cynthia Heider | 8 May, 2018

Everybody's Got to Eat! Cooking Like It's 1918

Cynthia Heider | 18 February, 2018

A Call to Arms of Another Kind: 1918, a Banner Year for the Condom

Cynthia Heider | 13 February, 2018

Forgotten Works of 1918: Reassessing Edith Wharton's 'The Marne'

Cynthia Heider | 8 February, 2018

A Declaration of Independence for the Oppressed: The Mid-European Union at Independence Hall

Cynthia Heider | 7 February, 2018

The Limitations of Free Speech in Wartime: The Philadelphia Tageblatt Trial

Cynthia Heider | 3 February, 2018

Florence Kelley and Foucault Walk Into an Archive
Thoughts on archives, advocacy, and power

Cynthia Heider | 21 December, 2017

The Role of Archivists: An Elevator Pitch

Cynthia Heider | 16 December, 2017

Goodbye, Gothamist
When the news disappears

Cynthia Heider | 6 December, 2017

No Archive is an Island (So Please Stock Some Tissues)
Emoting in the archive

Cynthia Heider | 2 December, 2017

The Mnemonic Landscape of Society Hill: Or, You Already Know That This Blog Entry is About "Urban Renewal"
A monument to "blighted" places & people

Cynthia Heider | 2 December, 2017

Deep Learning in the Closed Stacks: Possibilities for Archives Procedure Automation
Can machine-learning fix the gaps in our catalogs?

Cynthia Heider | 20 November, 2017

Popular Culture, Publicly-Owned
Public domain materials are a treasure trove

Cynthia Heider | 12 November, 2017

Local Historical Context: The Material Culture of Port Penn, Somewhere in Time
Tracing the remains of a maritime culture along the Delaware River and Bay

Cynthia Heider | 9 November, 2017