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Director of Public Projects
Center for History and New Media
George Mason University
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Since 1994 under the founding direction of Roy Rosenzweig, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.

CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Each year CHNM’s many project websites receive over 16 million visitors, and over a million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research.

Sharon M. Leon is Director of Public Projects at the Center for History and New Media and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art History. She oversees the projects that involve work with museums, archives, and cultural heritage institutions. Additionally, she is the co-director of the Omeka , an open source web publishing software for museums and other cultural heritage institutions. Finally, she directs the Center's work on Historical Thinking Matters (recipient of the AHA's 2008 Robinson Prize) and The Object of History , and she is co-director of the National History Education Clearinghouse .

Best of the Web History

2011 Vote
Smithsonian Web and New Media Strategy Wiki
2010 Vote
Bracero History Archive
2012 Nomination
2009 Nomination
The Object of History: Behind the Scenes with the Curators at the National Museum of American History


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