Using Facebook to Chronicle the Past

A librarian at the University of Nevada at Reno has come up with an interesting way of doing history. Donnelyn Curtis, the director of research collections and services, started a Facebook account for two students who attended the University just before the First World War. Through the Facebook account Curtis is able to post historical images and offer personal accounts of what it was like to be a college student 100 years ago.

“Facebook user “joe1915” writes wall posts that would be familiar to any college student these days: He stresses about tests, roots for his university’s football team, and shows off photos from campus dances.

“But Joe McDonald isn’t an average smartphone-toting student. He died in 1971 — 33 years before Facebook arrived on the Web.” [source]

If you come across anything on the Web or at the University you think we should share on this blog, send me an email at ddavisson AT ut.edu. Thanks for sending this along, Tamara!

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