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Classrooms get access to historical data in just a few keystrokes

Here is some interesting news for history teachers looking for resources ...

"WASHINGTON — History can come alive in classrooms around the country under a new project that enables students to access a trove of old data that can help them discover their own places in the broad sweep of the American story.

The for-profit online family history company, Ancestry.com, has opened its collection of historical documents to schools for free, drawing on help from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to guide teachers in using them in their classrooms.

The idea behind the project, which was officially unveiled last month, is to help students look at historical documents, analyze them and put them in context, said Cheryl Mason Bolick, who helped lead the effort as a faculty supervisor of LEARN NC, the outreach arm of the UNC School of Education.

Ancestry.com turned to LEARN NC because it had the resources but not the expertise in how to use them in schools."

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