Sunday, June 12, 2011

Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum Website Upgrade

The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum has just upgraded to a slick new website, with numerous features that will appeal both to the casual browser and the hardcore historian.  The site features a conventional Canadian Military History section, with an accompanying chronology, authored by members of the museum.  The regimental history section is authored by historian Rod Macleod, and goes well beyond the same old story, drawing from the museums archives and posting new photos from the City of Edmonton archives and elsewhere.

The archives section notes that the regimental magazine, The Forty-niner (the loyal Eds were the 49th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force), has been digitized and will be posted to the web soon.  Historians of the World Wars will be particularly interested in the archival collections which, "include oral histories (drawn from the Museum's ongoing Oral History project), diaries and scrapbooks belonging to Maj.Gen. W.A. Griesbach (WWI) and Col. J.R. Stone (WWII), and a large collection of official documents related to the formation of units in the Edmonton area during the First World War."
Prince of Wales Armouries.  Home of the Museum.

While a few sections are still yet to be finished, it appears that the museum has fully embraced digital technology and social media to get its message to the public. 

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