Throughout the Civil War sesquicentennial, the National Park Service is “Going Digital” (Call to Action #17) to offer unmatched visitor experiences and provide opportunities to touch millions of Americans and help them find meaning. Parks and partners have collaboratively embraced a strategy for commemorating historical events within an environment that is inclusive and contemplative. They also value public dialogue and engagement that will connect people to parks well beyond 2015. Online and mobile technology is being used in a variety of ways to provide information, outreach and occasions for conversation.
Specific examples include:
- Content website – www.nps.gov/civilwar provides Civil War-related subject matter in the broader context of American history and links seamlessly to park websites.
- Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube are social media sites that provide a virtual experience of commemorative events and programs. Audiences have grown and feedback has been helpful in determining the value of this outreach.
- WebEx and MyMeetings support virtual meetings and interactive training in a cost and time effective environment.
These tools have already demonstrated success by providing experiences that enable our visitors to examine and honor our multicultural heritage.