What happened in the online realm of history this week? Check it out!
June 27: “Oral history through Google Glass” – Can historians use Google Glass to collect oral histories? More importantly, should we? The Oral History Review reports on their experiences with the technology and begins a great discussion on a relevant topic.
June 26: “The Genesis of Genius” – It can be difficult for historic preservation experts to care for books that are hundreds of years old. Imagine if they were tiny! Harvard Library is caring for tiny books written by a young Charlotte Bronte. These juvenilia works foreshadow the novelist’s career.
June 25: “The history behind Boston’s first fashionista” – This article in the Boston Globe discusses life in colonial America through the wedding dress of a wealthy woman in Boston. Conservators at the Old State House in Boston describe their work in bringing the gown back into the public eye.
June 24: “A letter of apology to Tasmanial Aboriginal people (and anyone else we have offended)” – Interested in working with the public? This is a must-read post from David Walsh of MONA Museum on the problems and pitfalls of multiple stakeholders.
June 23: “Pulling back the curtain and starting a conversation” – “History…isn’t a static set of facts, but a matter of “interpretive fluidity” that demands a continual reassessment of what we know about the past.” The National Council of Public History begins a discussion on “pulling back the curtain” on the historical process.
June 22: “The National Churches Trust: June 2014 Grants” – The trust is working on several projects in the UK, doing restorative work in churches. They are uploading stunning photographs on their process to Flickr.
June 21: The U.S. was (sorta) founded on this day, according to the Constitution Daily Blog. The article, and an accompanying video lesson, describes the date on which the Constitution was put into effect.
Do you know of anything else that happened in history this week? Leave a comment and let us know!