Crowdsourcing History as a State!
On January 26, 2017, (the day before the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day) citizen historians like you can register to join “Team Connecticut” as we explore Holocaust history as both an American and local story, learn how to use primary sources in historical research, and challenge assumptions about American knowledge of, and responses to, the Holocaust.
Participants will search their local newspapers for articles about the Holocaust, and submit their research into a centralized database called “History Unfolded,” created for the purpose by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The collected articles will help illuminate trends in American reporting during this time. Individuals may participate on their own using online newspaper archives, at local libraries or participating museums, or in groups working as members of a research team. Check with your local museum, historical society, or library to see if they will be hosting a research group. If you’re a historical society, museum or library that would like to host an event, feel free to register as a host organization or email Liz Shapiro at the Connecticut League of History Organizations (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Data from History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers and the Holocaust will be used for two main purposes: to inform the upcoming exhibition on Americans and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and to enhance scholarly research about the American press and the Holocaust. Information captured in the database will be available as a research source for generations to come.