On the Net
History repeats itself, on-line
From Correspondent Lori Waffenschmidt
ATLANTA (CNN) -- Don't know much about history? You can take
a refresher course by logging on to the Internet, where
you'll find volumes of information of American and world
history, and new ways of understanding the past.
Chicago's fire ignites on-line interest
One dark night when we were all in bed,
Mrs. O' Leary left the lantern in the shed.
The cow kicked it over
And winked her eye and said,
There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight.
Or so the song goes. Actually, historians differ over whether
it was the much-maligned Mrs. O'Leary's fault at all.
For a discussion of the theories behind the Great Chicago
Fire and a host of other information on the event, you can
visit an on-line exhibition marking the 125th anniversary of
The site, a joint project of the Chicago Historical Society
and Northwestern University, is filled with photos of come
250 artifacts relating to the fire, including newspaper
headlines, pictures of the city before and after the fire and
essays on the disaster that gave birth to the Second City.
A new take on the New Deal
The New Deal Network is up and running to commemorate
October, Franklin Delano Roosevelt History Month.
This site, designed for middle-school students, has plenty
for anyone curious about the legacy of the public works
projects created during the New Deal.
Eleanor Roosevelt is also remembered here with letters
written to her from children asking for clothing, money and
other assistance. There are also quizzes from professor
A scholarly site for students of history
For the serious history buff, The National Historical Society
has developed The History Net.
With material culled mainly from magazines, this site is rich
with textual content.
There are some illustrations, including historical paintings
and maps; trip planners for when you visit some of the sites
you read about; interesting articles on topics such as hedge
mazes; and in-depth information on famous historical figures.
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