Wednesday, April 27, 2011

National Portal to Historic Collections from

Mr. Myrt finally gave me a crack at the Spring 2011 Issue of American Heritage magazine, which arrived in the mail today. I tend to read the web version of magazines whenever possible, and I am particularly attuned to mentions of websites within a print publication.

The American Heritage magazine's new website holds 60 years of articles (sans maps and graphics), something my friend Barb in Florida will certainly love. It's much easier to search an online database of articles than to pull each issue off the shelf looking for an article. I guess the advantage of a print subscription is earlier arrival off the next issue, as one may note the website's most recent issue is the Winter 2011.

Mr. Myrt and I have been doing research about Ft. Sumter in advance of our going to Charleston early next month for the NGS Conference, and there is much at this website to augment our learning.

The National Portal to Historic Connections (sm) , a cooperative venture with the American Association for State and Local History. Basically these two offer a web service to archives, libraries and museums that don't want to provide or maintain their own website. Interesting concept.
"Begun in 2007, the National Portal is a massive, multiyear project to provide information on 4,000 historical sites, including easily searchable online access to digital images and descriptions of millions of artifacts housed in the collections of American museums, historical societies, National Parks, and other institutions across the country.
The objects being added to this national “clearinghouse” include documents, photographs, paintings and artifacts, and run the gamut from military artifacts to artworks to the tools and mementos of everyday life.
The Portal has been called a “transformative event” for the history community. At present, an extraordinarily large percentage of America’s preserved memory is hidden. In fact, 98% of history museums provide no Internet access whatsoever to their collections, and the few that do often include only a small percent of their holdings and use systems whose content cannot be read by search engines."
Ol' Myrt here has only begun exploring these two websites. Perhaps my DearREADERS will find them useful when gathering info to put an ancestor into historical perspective?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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