One-hundred and thirty-seven years after its fiery demise, P. T. Barnum's American Museum is once again open to the public--but this time the admission is free and a historical perspective is provided at the door. The new, improved and vastly expanded Lost Museum Web site--the American Social History Project's 3-D re-creation of the American Museum--opens on Monday, October 21st, featuring the debut of a new Waxworks Room, focusing on sectional conflict and the Civil War. In addition, the new Lost Museum offers visitors a fully searchable Archive of primary documents and supplementary information, and a Classroom feature including teaching activities, background essays, and other resources.
This is no humbug! One of ASHP's goals is to create new media that use innovative approaches to provide access to information and ideas about the U.S. past and spark critical engagement with history. We believe the new iteration of The Lost Museum, supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is an important step in that direction.
Visit our website below and let us know what you think.
Joshua Brown, Executive Director
American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7301.09
New York, New York 10016
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