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Newsreel heaven! British Pathé post 90,000 Historical Films on YouTube

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It’s almost #toogoodtobetrue The week, British Pathé, turned its archive of more than 90,000 historical films (or 3500 hours) over to YouTube.  This rich collection of captioned newsreels and documentaries spans the 1890s through the early years of the 21st century.  With coverage ranging from fashion to warfare and sport to travel it should be [...]

UN History Project launched

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Earlier this month, Harvard University’s Department of History announced the launch of the United Nations History Project. Supported by the United Nations Foundation, in cooperation with the Harvard Asia Center and the Joint Center for History and Economics, the site aggregates a wealth of materials for researching and teaching the history of the United Nations [...]

EUscreen debuts

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Your history and language teachers will be very interested in the recently launched EUscreen. The new multimedia, multilingual portal reaches back to the early 1900s and offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. The About page describes the need for this collaborative project: Although audiovisual content [...]

9/11 Resources

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The members of our incoming freshman class would have been around four on September 11, 2001.  They might not remember what they were doing on that sunny Tuesday morning, a morning that changed most of us in ways I am not sure we yet understand. In two weeks we’ll face the 10th anniversary of that [...]

History Animated

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If, like me, you have a few students and teachers who fancy themselves fill-in-the-blank war buffs, if the Civil War, World War II, and the Revolutionary War are part of your curriculum, you’re going to want to share HistoryAnimated. The site brings to life those dashed and dotted line maps to depict key naval and [...]

Historical Newspapers Online

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Compiled at the Penn Libraries, Historical Newspapers Online is a table listing free online newspaper archives.  And, you are going to want to share this list with your history teachers and your serious young historians. Arranged by state, the list is curated by Research and Instructional Services Librarian Nick Okrent, who shares his strategy aggregating [...]

History for Music Lovers on YouTube

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An article in the Washington Post yesterday turned me on to an amazing creative effort developed by a couple of teachers in Hawaii. History for Music Lovers on YouTube is song parody and remix at its most useful.  And you are going to want to share it with your history, and many of your other [...]

NARA gets more social

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I am both a primary source junkie and a social networking junkie and I’m loving the new look at NARA. A NARA blog post from 12/13 explains: You may have noticed that things look a little different on our website today. That’s because the National Archives just received a digital makeover, streamlining our look and [...]