New online exhibit about Lowell Thomas and Lawrence of Arabia
Clio Visualizing History of Shelburne, Vermont, ( http://www.cliohistory.org ) has unveiled a first-of-its-kind online exhibit that explores the interplay of American journalist Lowell Thomas, British officer T.E. Lawrence, and the creation and impact of the “Lawrence of Arabia” legend.
“Creating History: Lowell Thomas and Lawrence of Arabia examines how journalism can make legends and such legends can make history. Lowell Thomas was the best-known journalist in America at one time, and he played the key role in the creation of the “Lawrence of Arabia” legend. T.E. Lawrence came to be involved in the shaping of the national borders of the Middle East— borders that are not greatly different from the Middle East we know today.
“Creating History “ takes a close look at Lowell Thomas’ connection to T.E. Lawrence. With more than 200 images, journal entries, videos and audio journalism the exhibit explores forces that can create legends, and examines how legends can have significant long term ramifications. Now — 30 years after the death of Lowell Thomas — is the first time that many of these materials have been made available on the World Wide Web.
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