01 October 2015

Google Cultural Institute -- Are you taking advantage?

I don’t know about you and with me, when there is a constant stream of new websites, databases, and more being created, I sometimes (okay) often wait to let the dust settle and see if the material is still available a couple of years down the road.

One such recent case is with Google Cultural Institute.  I first looked at it back in December 2012, Bringing history to life -- Google Cultural Institute -- Really Neat & Free Resource.

And, I can say that I haven’t looked at it since until it was recently put back on my radar because of its Historic Moments project.

Explore online exhibitions detailing the stories behind significant moments in human history.

Each exhibition tells a story using documents, photos, videos and in some cases personal accounts of events.

Here is a the current project list as shown using the map interface.  You can also scroll through an alphabetical list of projects.  With so many projects, If found the map interface preferable.

This is a very large world-wide collection.  As a reader of spy/espionage novels I checked out the Bletchley Park project and found it very interesting.  I love the mix of visual and textual elements and the ability to scroll through the project by right clicking on the screen.  Here are a couple of screen captures from this particular project page.

Not all the displays are about something heroic. Some just evoke very strong emotions when read, such as Apr 1942-Jul 1943, Before They Perishedwhich covers the Deportation of Jews from Zagłębie Dąbrowskie to Auschwitz.

Do check out these projects to get a snapshot of some Historical Moments.

Which Historical Moment would you recommend as a must view?

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