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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


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


The Associated Press in Nazi Europe: Censorship, Survival or Collaboration?

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April 12, 2016

On March 30, Philip Oltermann of the Guardian published an article that attracted immediate attention. “Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis” the headline proclaimed. The first sentence of the article was equally stunning: “The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material unearthed by a German historian has revealed.” Read More


An Opening Night to Remember

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December 9, 2015

Big Night Jitters

Monday, December 7th. Our project’s first public event at Martin Luther King, Jr Library in Washington, D.C. The objective: test the History Unfolded website with a group of citizen historians who had never done the project before. The goal: to get all event participants to successfully submit one article, and to get at least one article in the database on all 10 events we had on the site at the time.

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