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Imaging the French Revolution—an experiment in digital scholarship—is organized in three sections. In essays, seven scholars— selected for their previous work on revolutionary images—analyze forty-two images of crowds and crowd violence in the French Revolution, a shared on-line archive that provided the starting point for the project. Offering the most relevant examples and comments from an on-line forum that took place during the summer of 2003, discussion highlights an effort by those same…

For Virginians: Government Matters is a free online teaching and learning resource highlighting active citizen involvement, the impact of state and local government on daily life, and how individuals shape their communities in the Commonwealth.
For Virginians: Government Matters is a free website with four key features: a Teaching Source Database with introductions and essential questions to offer guidance on how to use those sources critically and tools for annotating and organizing the…

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Inspired by the Monticello exhibition, The Boisterous Sea of Liberty, the interactive website Sea of Liberty invites you to: explore documents, letters, artwork, and photographs related to the ideas of liberty, freedom, and self-governance, create digital projects that draw inspiration from the past, and showcase project ideas for others to see and learn from. In addition, educators enjoy access to resources related to teaching with primary sources, teaching historical thinking, and encouraging…

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The Popular Romance Project explores the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction, taking a global perspective—while looking back across time as far as the ancient Greeks. The Popular Romance Project includes several ambitious, high-profile, carefully integrated programs: a feature-length documentary, Love Between the Covers, for international television broadcast, focusing on the…

Hidden in Plain Sight is an online course for practicing K-12 teachers in the Commonwealth of Virginia designed to teach about America's past through everyday objects. This course was created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University with funding from the Virginia Department of Education

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The National Postal Museum (NPM) desires to launch an online Postal Memory Book on its museum website in order to document and preserve stories detailing the history and work of former and current postal employees, the heart of the postal system. This online Postal Memory Book will add rich and valuable content to the museum’s collection of historical information relating to the history and development of the post in America.

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is developing new approaches to online collecting of history with a particular focus on the problem of documenting a historical subject that has few central archives and institutions: open source. With Mozilla’s cooperation, a new Firefox Digital Memory Bank will become a centerpiece of our recently launched Open Source Historical Archive (http://opensourcearchive.org/), CHNM’s larger effort to collect, preserve, and analyze…


Virginia Studies: Thinking Historically about Virginia is an engaging, self-paced course for Virginia Studies teachers. The course is taught online through a series of interactive modules. Each module guides you through Virginia history with primary sources as well as video, audio, and text analysis. You will learn about the history of Virginia, practice historical thinking skills, and develop strategies for using course resources and techniques in the classroom.

Probing Virginia's Past: Online Probate Record Database, 1740-1810
Probing the Past provides a searchable version of information contained in the transcriptions of all 325 probate inventories. Users may browse by time period or city/county, or search the database to find records that meet specific criteria, and then view the original written text and a transcript of the inventories.
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