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Author: Jeff Kiley

Do you want your communities history to be free to access?

Advantage Archives has partnered with over 1,000 communities to provide FREE digital access to 100,000,000+ images and counting. Is your community history not available for free? Contact your local library, schools, and historical/genealogical society and have them reach out to us so we can provide your community with FREE digital access to your local history. […]

Preserving Memories and Enhancing Research: The Importance of Digitizing School Newspapers

At Advantage Archives, we understand the profound value of community history. School newspapers, often an overlooked treasure, form a significant part of this rich tapestry. As we move further into the digital age, the need to preserve these documents becomes increasingly crucial. Here’s why digitizing your school newspapers not only safeguards your community’s history but […]

Creating an Online Digital Archive for Your School: The Sensible Step Forward

In the era of digital transformation, preserving the rich tapestry of a school’s history has become more critical than ever. The Community History Archives is the perfect archive for your school. We provide Free access to the archive with absolutely NO recurring fees. Ever. The Emergence of Digital Archives in Education Digital archives represent a […]

Spotlight: St. Bonaventure University

The St. Bonaventure archive contains a wide variety of content, including the schools newspaper (The Bona Venture), financial statements, documents of the church, account books and more. St. Bonaventure University was founded on October 4, 1858. The University is a private Franciscan university located in Allegany, New York. “The St Bonaventure Archive contains such a […]

Using Digital Archives To Rewrite History (Lessons) For High School Students

20 years ago, a study performed by Grant, Gradwell and Cimbricz revealed that high school students who used primary sources to study historical events developed better interpretive skills and became more interested and engaged in the subject matter compared to traditional textbooks. The students also demonstrated a deeper understanding of historical events and could connect […]

Using Digital Archives To Rewrite History (Lessons) For Middle School Students

Research has extensively examined the role of primary sources in history education. One influential piece of research was conducted by Keith Barton in 2005. Barton’s study highlights several key benefits of using primary sources, like historical newspapers, in teaching history, including the promotion of critical thinking, the enhancement of understanding of historical concepts, fostering of […]

Using Digital Archives To Rewrite History (Lessons) For Elementary School Students

History is an infinite repository of stories, a fascinating confluence of narratives, and a wellspring of lessons. It offers a retrospective glance into the vibrant tapestry of human existence. To most, history might seem like a chronological record of events; to educators, it’s an invaluable toolkit that fosters knowledge, inculcates critical thinking skills, and broadens […]

Putting The Text In Context: Embracing the Challenges of Historical Newspaper Research

David McCullough is an American author who is regarded as one of the most respected and influential historians of our time. Known for his bestselling books on American history, McCullough has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including two Pulitzer Prizes. McCullough’s writing style is characterized by thorough research, vivid storytelling, and a […]

Reading Between The Lines: Helping Students Recognize Bias in Historical Newspapers

As the historian and educator Sam Wineburg stated, “Historical thinking, in its deepest forms, is neither a natural process nor something that springs automatically from psychological development.” This statement reflects the nuanced and complex nature of historical inquiry and how it is different from the intuitive way we understand our immediate world. “Historical thinking“ involves […]

Old Words, New Lessons: Helping Students Navigate the Language of the Past

Community newspapers serve as a treasure trove of information, encapsulating the essence of a period in the past. They often document everyday life and local events, making history feel more relevant and accessible to students. National and international news can be contextualized through them within a familiar local setting, heightening students’ interest and understanding.  Digitization […]

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