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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…

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The strength of history museums lies in their collections, their objects. But students and teachers often lack the skills to make sense of historical objects, to analyze them closely and tease out their larger historical significance. Many students aren’t even in a position to visit a museum, making it even more difficult for them to engage in close analysis of historical objects. The Object of History, which will be developed by the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason…

A re-creation of PT Barnum’s American Museum as a lens into mid-19th century New York City and antebellum America. The Lost Museum website offers visitors a visualization and spacial interpretation of this extraordinary institution as well as an innovative way to learn and teach about the many issues and events of the period. This project grew from a proposal for a CD-ROM project called Landscapes in Time that aimed to provide a dense portrait of a particular time and single place as a…

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…

Teachinghistory.org, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, was designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom.

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The THATCamp program has offered low-cost digital methods training to hundreds of humanities scholars. Largely as a result of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s 2010-2012 investment of $260,000, THATCamp has succeeded at providing digital humanities training at scale to the scholarly community, serving more than 4000 participants since its inception in 2008. We are asking for two further and final years of funding to ensure that THATCamp survives and flourishes for many years to come. With…

SmartFox, a set of tools incorporated into popular, open, and free web software, will address these major problems by creating a web browser that is “smarter” in two key ways. First, one tool will enable the browser to intelligently sense when its user is viewing a digital library or museum object; this will allow the browser to capture information from the page automatically, such as the creator, title, date of creation, and copyright information. Second, another tool will store and organize…

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the staff at the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University and the American Social History Project (ASHP) at the City University of New York Graduate Center CHNM and ASHP built a rough and ready web portal, the September 11 Digital Archive to capture the responses to and materials produced in the wake of those terrible events. At 150,000 items, the Archive stands as the world's largest public collection of born-digital…

The September 11 Digital Archive will play a key role in the use of electronic media to collect, preserve and present the history of the September 11 attacks and the public responses.

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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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