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Tags >> American History
Nov 01
2011

Digital Exploration

Posted by skinsel in Virtual Exhibits , U.S. National Park Service , National Archives and Records Administration , NARA , Museum , American History

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Living inside the beltway is not a requirement for experiencing the rich collection of American culture available around the nation’s capitol. Yes, it’s true in the coming weeks that my travels to local museums and Government agencies would earn me a lot of metro travel rewards points-if they were offered-but I really want to showcase that you can create this same experience with a few click of the mouse.

Underneath the strictly informational façade of Government agency Web sites is a whole world of access to digital collections that contain some really fascinating artifacts. These national treasures presented below are greatly appreciated and made available by the staff and contract support of the U.S. National Park Service (NPS)-Museum Management Program and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The American Presidents and First Ladies virtual museum exhibits highlight the life and times of four U.S. Presidents—Lincoln, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, and Truman—and their wives. Presidential house tours are brought to life with high-resolution images and zoom-and-pan functions. My favorite room to view is the formal dining room of President Eisenhower with its crystal chandelier, red upholstered high back chairs, and polished silver. It reminds me of the University of Pittsburgh’s 17-18 century Austrian nationality room where I had a semester of class. After clicking on a room located in the house a description of its purpose is provided, which completes the full house tour experience.

Nov 01
2011

Exhibiting American History

Posted by skinsel in U.S. National Park Service , NPS , National Archives and Records Administration , NARA , Exhibiting American History , Artifacts , American History

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Hi, library community! My name is Stacey Kinsel and I am a technical services librarian at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). As a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s library school program, I currently work on behind-the-scenes projects supporting the mission of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). In my free time, I really enjoy searching for local events in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and rediscovering an appreciation for historical information and artifacts.

As a visual learner, I prefer content served with a side of imagery. For me, learning about American History from a textbook presented some interesting challenges. Thankfully the Internet and high-quality digitization have made this type of visual exploration more accessible than ever.

Along with showcasing digital exhibits, I will be blogging about exhibits ongoing at local museums and Government agencies. Government publications related to events will also be highlighted. Stay tune for my next blog post where I embark on a virtual tour through the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).