Center for History and New Media, National Park Service Open Ellis Island Exhibition

Posted: May 19, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has teamed with the U.S. National Park Service and the Gulag Museum in Perm, Russia, to provide a companion web site for the traveling exhibit, Gulag: Soviet Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom, now open at the Ellis Island National Monument.

The web site provides a virtual tour of the traveling exhibit, information on related activities in the exhibit’s host cities, curricular materials for secondary school teachers on the history of the Gulag and a place for visitors to respond to the exhibit and share their own stories.

In addition, with major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for History and New Media, the George Mason University Department of History and Art History, and Steven A. Barnes, assistant professor, are constructing a new web-only exhibit, Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives.

Opening in fall 2007, this exhibit will immerse viewers in the varied experiences of an array of Gulag prisoners. Through audio, video and visual imagery, Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives will present, in vignettes and full biographies, a range of prisoners’ lives. Furthermore, in cooperation with the Gulag Museum of Perm, Russia, this web site will also offer a virtual tour of that reconstructed camp and museum.

This article is adapted from the Center for History and New Media web site.

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