The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History brings rare historical documents on African American history online with the Google Cultural Institute
New York, NY (February 1, 2016): In honor of Black History Month, five exhibitions by the Gilder Lehrman Institute are being featured online through a partnership with the Google Cultural Institute. These virtual exhibitions give users from around the world access to vital documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection that tell the story of the African American experience from the American Revolution to World War II, with a focus on the Civil War and the long struggle against slavery. Visit the Black History and Culture Collection to learn more and explore these exhibitions.
The five exhibitions featured in the Google Cultural Institute initiative explore African American involvement in the US military, Frederick Douglass’s journey to freedom in New York, slave resistance, the abolition movement, and the Dred Scott decision. They feature photographs, engravings, images, newspaper articles, letters, diary entries, and more.
Each exhibition includes interactive elements that bring African American history to life, including songs, video clips, and high-definition images with clear details. Viewers can explore Paul Revere’s famous engraving of the Boston Massacre to discover Crispus Attucks, the first casualty of the American Revolution, or read the handwriting in a diary entry by an African American Civil War soldier. In addition, the February 1 Google Doodle of Frederick Douglass will be accompanied by an essay by the director and curator of the Gilder Lehrman Collection, Sandra Trenholm, allowing curious Google users to learn more about the man who played such a pivotal role in ending slavery in America.
About Gilder Lehrman Institute
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the teaching and learning of American history. The Institute has an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that operate in all fifty states, as well as the Gilder Lehrman Collection housed at the New-York Historical Society. The Collection holds more than 60,000 primary source documents in American history that range from 1493 to the twentieth century, including letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, books, newspapers, and photographs.
About Google Cultural Institute
The Google Cultural Institute and its partners are putting the world’s cultural treasures at the fingertips of Internet users, and are building tools that allow the cultural sector to share more of its diverse heritage online. The Google Cultural Institute has partnered with more than 1,000 institutions, giving a platform to over 250,000 artworks and a total of six million photos, videos, manuscripts, and other documents of art, culture, and history. Read more here.