A conference, “An Embarrassment of Riches: Evaluating the Quality of Historical Information on the Web,” will be held at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, Saturday, May 4, 2002, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. To reserve a seat call 215-732-6200 ext. 412. For information call 215-985-8090 ext. 218.
The Internet, as a free environment for information, has become indispensable to modern life, though the information provided varies widely in quality and accuracy. This rich and problematic trove of information has created particular concerns for genealogical researchers and history teachers which this conference is designed to address.
The conference will include:
Workshops with Don Stone, co-owner, GEN-MEDIEVAL list, and Michael Ryan, Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Images, University of Pennsylvania
A lunchtime presentation featuring Marsha Tate, Widener College, co-creator of the website “Evaluating Web Resources”
An afternoon panel discussion with all speakers, plus Jeffrey Cohen, Bryn
Mawr College, creator of the website “Places In Time”
Co-sponsored by The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, this conference is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, including The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, documents, preserves, and shares the histories and cultures of the diverse communities in the Greater Philadelphia region, across Pennsylvania, and throughout the nation. The Society brings together people and documents to explore and interpret history, enriching the lives of the individuals and communities drawn to the stories of the United States and its people. The merger of the Balch Institute into the Society was approved by Orphans’ Court in December 2001 and is now being implemented.
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1300 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 732-6200 ext. 246
Fax: (215) 732-2680 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.hsp.org
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