For 20 years, Professor Hermes has enthusiastically engaged in digital teaching and learning. In 1998, she created a website on Atlantic World history on the old Angelfire network. Since then she has created new sites that are interactive and community-oriented with the help of students in Prof. Stan Kurkovsky's computer science classes.
Digital Farmington, www.digitalfarmington.org, hosts a map and a blog that allows visitors to explore the history of the Farmington Valley from 1625 to the present. The map includes a timeline. Users select categories for points of interest, (slavery, crime, education, Native Americans, etc.) and can see changes over time by sliding the cursor across the timeline.
RelationshipTree™, www.relationshiptree.org, lets users graph relationships that do not fit neatly into genealogical trees or other mapping tools. Family trees don't allow people to add friends or business partners, for example, even though one might know them better than a great-aunt. But RelationshipTree™ can also graph relationships for ideas, books, and authors. It can sho w ties to places, or even to objects.
Most recently, Professor Hermes led a team of CCSU students, alums and faculty who built Uncovering Their History: African, African-American, and Native-American Burials in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, 1640-1815, www.africannativeburialsct.org, for the Ancient Burying Ground Association. The site, beautifully illustrated by Cora Marshall, emerita, CCSU Art Department, has a searchable, downloadable database of nearly 500 African, African-American and Native people, each of whom has a biographical profile and an Ancestry.com family tree. Some people also have RelationshipTrees. Narratives address issues at the time: the transatlantic slave trade, family structure, inheritance and even socializing. The site makes visible the lives of people who have been hidden from our history.