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National Archives – Eyewitness Online Exhibit

Over the last few years, the National Archives has been working hard to connect their content with users outside of their traditional brick and mortar buildings. They have Facebook pages, Flickr accounts, Twitter feeds, RSS feeds, YouTube channels and numerous blogs.

Its Education Page is wonderful and NARA has consistently excellent online resources available through its main web site and on the web sites of its regional offices. I talked about one of my favorite online exhibits, Digital Vaults, several years ago.

Another favorite is an exhibit called Eyewitness.

Gripping eyewitness accounts—in the form of letters, diaries, audio and film recordings—chronicle dramatic moments in U.S. history.

Eyewitness provides a wide range of primary sources from a variety of periods. And NARA has packaged the site using Flash so it’s incredibly easy to find and use the materials.

I was browsing through the collection this morning and ran across John Lewis’s account of his participation in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery and the events of Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965.

His account of the physical and verbal abuse suffered in 1965 would make for an interesting addition to stories published recently concerning the treatment Lewis, now a US representative from Georgia, received during the national health care debates.

The good news about Eyewitness? Tons of great resources.

The bad news? Once you start browsing, it’s tough to leave.

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