Roy Rosenzweig Receives Distinguished Service Award

Posted: April 4, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Roy Rosenzweig
Roy Rosenzweig

Roy Rosenzweig, director of the Center for History and New Media at Mason, received the Distinguished Service Award this weekend from the Organization of American Historians (OAH).

The award recognizes Rosenzweig’s contributions to significantly enriching the understanding and appreciation of American history. Rosenzweig attended the 100th annual meeting of the OAH in Minneapolis Saturday, March 31, where he was honored for his achievements.

Rosenzweig, who has taught at Mason since 1981, is a pioneer of digital technology and new media. He earned his PhD in history from Harvard in 1978.

He is an expert on the impact of computers and digital technology on the practice of history, and he developed the award-winning “History Matters” CD-ROM, a free online resource for U.S. history.

He is the author of “The Park and the People: A History of Central Park” and “Eight Hours for What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City,” which explores popular amusements and pastimes as being central to our understanding of working class politics.

In 1994, Rosenzweig founded the Center of History and New Media (CHNM), which has been at the forefront of efforts to use new media and digital technology to promote an inclusive and democratic understanding of the past, while reaching new and diverse audiences.

CHNM is also home to the September 11 Digital Archive—a digital repository of histories and documents of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The archive became the first major digital collection acquired by the Library of Congress.

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