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Hurricane Archive Museum Site

January 17th, 2006 by Seb Chan

Center for History and New Media has just launched this. Nice use of Google Maps.

The Center for History and New Media, the University of New Orleans in partnership with the National Museum of American History, and Louisiana State Museum recently launched a new digital history project, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank (http://hurricanearchive.org). I think this is a great example of how digital archives can help document the history of current events. Also, we included a Google map that allows all contributors to plot their locations during the hurricanes or where they took specific photos or recorded podcasts. This offers historians and others a great way to compare primary sources digitally that is more difficult when working with a physical archive.

Here is a little info about the project. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments on the site.

“The compelling images and stories seared into the memories of all who lived through last year’s hurricanes will endure through an online hurricane archive. Anyone may visit the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving Stories from Katrina, Rita, and Wilma at http://www.hurricanearchive.org to read the submissions of others before contributing their own memories and pictures to this growing collection. All experiences related to the storms are sought, whether one was directly affected by the storms or served as a volunteer hundreds of miles away.

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