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American University students under Professor Susan Erenrich submit articles during Fall 2017.

History Unfolded Turns Two!

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Year In Review: 2017

On November 17, 2017, History Unfolded turned 2. Now that the project is entering its third year, we want to take a moment to reflect on where we have been and where we hope to go from here. One of our most exciting updates is that we have extended our end date for accepting submissions to spring 2021. Thus, there is plenty of time to get involved if you have not had time to contribute research yet. Read More

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Digital Spaces, Real World Conversations: An Indiana Research Sprint

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Jill Weiss Simins is a historian at the Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB) who works on Hoosier State Chronicles (HSC), a free database of digitized Indiana newspapers. Over the past year and a half, she has been contributing to the History Unfolded project and writing about what Hoosiers knew about the events leading up to the Holocaust for the Hoosier State Chronicles Blog. Read More

Why is Doris Kearns Goodwin Excited About History Unfolded?

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In 2017, we caught up with Dr. Doris Kearns Godwin during the US Holocaust Museum’s annual Tribute Dinner. Dr. Goodwin was aware of our work with History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust. Because she is a Pulitzer Prize winner in history for her book, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, we were particularly interested to get her thoughts on the project. Here is what she had to say about it:

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Happy birthday History Unfolded!

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December 5, 2016

On November 17, History Unfolded turned 1 year old. What an exciting year it has been! The website launched with 10 Holocaust-related topics for research, a completely blank map, and a lot of big dreams. Since then, we have added 21 new events, and you’ve helped us reached impressive milestones. Read More

1 June 2016, Teacher Jennifer Goss and her students use and give testimonials about the History Unfolded Program in Staunton, Virginia.

Olympic Surprises

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September 30, 2016

Reflecting on the History Unfolded project’s August sprint of newspaper articles on the decision to send a US team to the Berlin Olympics, the word that stands out to me most is “surprised.” Not only was I surprised in several respects by the results, but many of our citizen historians used the word independently to describe how some of their findings differed greatly from their assumptions about the Holocaust. Read More

An Olympic torch-bearer runs through Berlin in summer 1936.

Join Our Olympics Research Sprint

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August 18, 2016

Going for Gold

This research challenge is simple, yet ambitious: we’re looking for 250 approved articles by August 31. Prior to the sprint, citizen historians had contributed 113 articles about the Olympics to the database; as of August 18, we have already increased the number to 156. We need your help to get across the finish line with at least 94 additional relevant articles. Read More

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Through a Historian’s Eyes: The Wagner-Rogers Bill

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June 30, 2016

July 1st, 2016 marks the 77th anniversary of the death of the Wagner-Rogers bill in the Senate. In remembrance of this anniversary, we are beginning our first community-wide research sprint on newspaper articles about the failure of the Wagner-Rogers bill. The goal is to bring our total number of articles on this event to 150 by July 31st. We need your help to make this possible! Read More