University of Findlay and Hancock Historical Museum Creating Davis Learning Institute

. April 30, 2018.

The University of Findlay and Hancock Historical Museum are working together to provide enhanced digital storytelling experiences at the newly named Davis Learning Institute on the museum’s campus.

The collaboration, currently in the planning and fundraising stages, will transform the relocated Davis House, built in 1843, into a site for collecting, sharing and archiving community narratives. Organizers intend for the Institute to serve as a vital historical preservation link, becoming a motivator for societal improvement through its storytelling as well as being a space for collective idea generation and impact.

“Very few historic preservation projects look at the social benefits that are possible,” said museum Director Sarah Sisser. “One thing we hope to do is capitalize on a sense of place, which can then support stability and social change.”

The Museum and UF already have a history of storytelling collaboration, via the Ohio Farm Stories project, to preserve the rich history of the region’s agricultural heritage. The two entities also are working together on the Findlay Floods project, gathering flood-related stories.

The Davis Learning Institute will continue to be owned by the Museum while The University will contribute technical skills, equipment and staff.