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Facebook profiles bring history to life

January 17, 2012

Donnelyn Curtis, a librarian at the University of Nevada at Reno, has used social media to give students a glimpse of what life was like for their peers 100 years ago. She created Facebook profiles for Joe McDonald (class of 1913) and Leola Lewis. On behalf of the now-deceased couple, Curtis has posted updates that talk about stressing over tests and being excited about football games – as well as period photos.

What a creative way to use this medium! By placing the profiles on Facebook, Curtis has situated this clever historical narrative in a space that engages many students. You may remember a previous post about innovative use of social media – Romeo tweets Juliet. readers, are you aware of other neat applications? Please share them in a comment.

Read more: On Facebook, Librarian Brings 2 Students From the Early 1900s to Life (Wired Campus)

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