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Old May 3 2013, 04:48 PM   #4
Spot's Meow
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Re: Digital Recreations of Historical Places

I find the "user-generated fluff" to be pretty fascinating, because it encourages people to engage in history and collect memories for future reference. Personal history is just as much a part of our collective past as the words written by historians. Each of these accounts of someone's memory of their grandparents is creating a primary source document that can later be found and absorbed on an individual and personal level by a family member, or on a collective narrative level by a researcher. It represents the "history from the bottom up" approach that has become popular in the last several years, and although I also think it would be helpful to have projects created and distributed by professional historians, I think that there is still an important place for this kind of user generated historical content.
Time present and time past
are both perhaps present in time future.
And time future contained in time past.
T.S. Eliot
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