History Research with Social Media

There are a variety of Facebook pages that are affiliated with historical organizations. They inform users of upcoming exhibits, newly discovered sources and various lectures. These pages include:

Connecticut Historical Society
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The Connecticut Historical Society contains a large collection of primary sources including photographs, manuscripts and artifacts. The website contains an online catalogue that allows the user to find materials. There is also an eMuseum in which over 8,000 museum items can be searched and viewed online.  The website also makes it very easy for individuals interested in research to contact the society to gain access to what they need.

Accessible Archives
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Accessible Archives was created in 1990 to provide individuals with access to the growing number of digitally archived materials. The primary sources include pictures, newspapers, and periodicals. One of the main collections featured is about the north east and the Civil War. Not only can one access newspaper articles but transportation documents, regimental rosters, casualty and promotion statistics as well. The American County History section allows the viewer to read documents in either text format or the scanned original.

American Museum of Natural History
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The website for the American Museum of Natural History provides an interactive experience for visitors. On the homepage they provide links to current and future exhibits as well as programs for students. The Facebook page for this museum provides users with updates about new discoveries, news in the historical science world and upcoming exhibits.

National Museum of American History
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The goal of this museum is to preserve the history of America and to provide a record of its past. To do so they have gathered extensive collections including communications, government, health, industry, photography, religion and textiles. They also have a section dedicated to online archives. The online archives contain advertising, marketing, commercial imagery and photography collections. The online archive provides a significant amount of digitalized sources that previously could only be accessed by visiting the museum.

Smithsonian Institution
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The Smithsonian Institution has expanded from a museum to include over one million online archives. Their homepage provides information about current and upcoming exhibits as well as links for research. One of the many pages that viewers can access is The Smithsonian Research Library website which contains links to online exhibitionsThe collections search center is perhaps the most valuable part of this institution for it provides individuals with the ability to access over 7.4 million digital records. These records include images, video and sound files and electronic journals.

National Women’s History Museum
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The National Women’s History Museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of women in the United States. They are achieving this through collecting and archiving various sources and digitalizing them. The website includes links for individuals interested in learning more about women’s history, historical biographies of iconic figures and online quizzes for students. What makes this website stand out from other historical museums is their extensive online exhibit collection.  A small sampling of the online exhibits include Latinas in the New World, Chinese American Women, Clandestine Women: Spies in American History, Women of Jamestown and First But Not the Last: Women Who Ran for President.

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