WI Historical Society Project

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Wisconsin Historical Society project will put the first-person accounts of explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Lewis and Clark on the Internet.

The society recently was awarded a $202,000 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to put the diaries and first-person accounts of early American explorers on the Internet.

The society plans to create a digital library of about 150 exploration narratives and will distribute instructional guides to about 40,000 teachers in the National History Day program.

National History Day is a nonprofit academic program, based at the University of Maryland, designed to promote the study of history. National History Day coordinators from throughout the nation will be trained to use the historical society's Web site.

Michael Edmonds, deputy director of the historical society, says the society's partnership with National History Day ensures that up to 700,000 students may use the Web site.

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