Saturday, October 17, 2009

Weekend at the Museum: Sacramento History Online

I've always loved museums and libraries. That's why on every research or lecture trip I try to squeeze in a visit to those in the area. The web makes it possible to preview these places before I even leave home. Now I find that their websites contain material unique to the web, not always on display when you're there in person. The best ones are collaborative. Take for instance, The Sacramento History Online project. The California State Library's California History Room, The California State Railroad Museum Library, the Center for Sacramento History and the Sacramento Public Library's Sacramento Room have joined together to offer an online resource that explores agriculture and transportation in the Sacramento area in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They are digitizing over 2,000 items and putting them on the website. There is a nice search engine so you can look for images, but before jumping to that feature explore the tabs. The film one actually takes you to two online movies. How fun! I enjoyed the three short features on Victory Gardens. Enjoy! Bookmark and Share
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