Story+ | Stone By Stone: Who Built the Duke Chapel?

Story+ | Stone By Stone: Who Built the Duke Chapel?

"Stone By Stone: Who Built the Chapel?" was a Story+ project that resurfaced the names, faces, and stories, of the people who built Duke's famed chapel edifice before its opening in 1932. The identities of these often-neglected workers are essential to both Duke's and Durham's history. Students in this team researched primary source materials to identify as many names as possible. They also looked at wage variance, dimensions of race and class, and the social and cultural world of these workers. To see the website the students built, visit: https://stonebystone.wixsite.com/duke.

Story+ is a 6-week summer research experience for Duke undergraduates interested in exploring humanities research approaches (archival research, oral histories, narrative analysis, visual analysis, and more). The program combines research with an emphasis on storytelling for different public audiences. In Story+, students are organized into small project teams and have the opportunity to participate in a flexible mini “curriculum” on research methods and storytelling strategies. Team projects may be led by Duke faculty, Duke librarians, or non-profit organizations, and will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by graduate student mentors.