Getting Wiser about Public History on the Web

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FORD'S THEATRE | BLOG

Courtesy Institute of Museum and Library Services. Courtesy Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Recently, Ford’s Theatre Director of Educational Programming Sarah Jencks and I attended our first WebWise conference—a joint production of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. IMLS is funding our Remembering Lincoln digital collection, which will bring together local responses to the Lincoln assassination and will launch in March 2015. Attending the conference, conveniently a short train ride away in Baltimore, gave us great ideas for carrying out the project.

This year’s conference was organized around the theme Anchoring Communities and it offered helpful advice on doing exactly that through digital technology. The conference overall featured a nice mix of prepared presentations and discussion groups. Here are some highlights:

Keynote Address

Nick Poole, CEO of the Collections Trust in the United Kingdom, gave an inspiring address calling on all…

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