Our Story

Mission

We use digital media and computer technology to democratize history: to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.

Since 1994—under the founding direction of Roy Rosenzweig—the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has worked to create software and websites that are freely available to the public.

Those digital projects emerge from our engagement with the practice of history in universities, schools, libraries, archives, museums, and local communities. They are shaped by collaborations with practitioners and audiences, and are produced by teams of researchers, developers, designers and graduate and undergraduate students.

In 2018, our projects attracted over 37 million visits and nearly 20 million unique visitors. To do this work, and to keep our projects free and open access and (mostly) open source, we depend on grant funds from government agencies and private organizations to do our work. We also do contract work for like-minded organizations across the humanities, in education, and in software development.

An endowment provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and over 300 donors, and support from College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, sustain the infrastructure of the Center, but we need the continued support of people like you to help us continue to do the work that we do.

We encourage you to explore our projects, get to know our staff, follow our activities, and consider how you might work with us, collaborate with us, or build something interesting with us.