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National Park Service History ‘On Display’ At New Online Exhibit

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Thousands of items from museums across the National Park System can be viewed from the comfort of your home or office thanks the Centennial One Object Exhibit hosted by the Google Cultural Institute.

More than 3,800 works of art, artifacts, and records can be viewed as part of an online exhibition just launched to honor the National Park Service’s centennial.

The Department of the Interior is partnering with the Google Cultural Institute to photograph and share historically important material with global audiences and digitally preserve them for future generations, according to a release.

As part of the collection, the Centennial One Object Exhibit showcases a significant museum object from more than 350 national park sites. In addition, virtual, panoramic tours are available for historic locations, like Ford’s Theater, Alcatraz Island and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Some exhibits -- such as the Thomas Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey, featuring the facility where famed inventor produced much of his work -- weave a story by combining text, historic photos, and modern 360-degree images.

“This marriage of technology and history means that anyone, anywhere can see artifacts and sites that provide a taste of the rich and diverse story of America,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a release this past week. “Our hope is that this partnership will not only illustrate and elevate our nation’s history and culture, but inspire more people to visit the wonderfully diverse places that the National Park Service protects and preserves for current and future generations.”

The National Park Service is home to one of the world's largest museum systems. More than 380 park museums, 45 million objects and 76,000 linear feet of archives help tell stories of America’s land, people, and significant events and ideas.

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