History Unfolded: Crowd Sourcing History as a State!
On January 26, 2017, (the day before the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day) citizen historians like you can register to join “Team Connecticut” as we explore Holocaust history as both an American and local story, learn how to use primary sources in historical research, and challenge assumptions about American knowledge of, and responses to, the Holocaust.
Participants will search their local newspapers for articles about the Holocaust, and submit their research into a centralized database called "History Unfolded," created for the purpose by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The collected articles will help illuminate trends in American reporting during this time. Individuals may participate on their own using online newspaper archives, at local libraries or participating museums or community organizations, or in groups working as members of a research team. Check with your local museum, historical society, or library to see if they will be hosting a research group. If you're a historical society, museum or library that would like to host an event, feel free to register as a host organization or email Liz Shapiro at the Connecticut League of History Organizations at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Data from History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers and the Holocaust will be used for two main purposes: to inform the upcoming exhibition on Americans and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and to enhance scholarly research about the American press and the Holocaust. Information captured in the general database will be available as a research source for generations to come.
For more about the national project, visit the project at https://newspapers.ushmm.org/
When you have registered, you will begin receiving project updates and research tips! Check our CLHO webpage for updated lists of participating organizations near you. Remember, you are welcome to participate as an individual, a classroom or school, a temple or church, a museum or library, or other community organizations. (All people will need a unique log in, so follow instructions in the email that will come to you after registration.)
Don't live in Connecticut but want to participate? Sure! We welcome anyone who is interested to join Team Connecticut on January 26th!
For questions, contact Liz Shapiro at email@example.com or Gregg Mangan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.