Our Story


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 communities. They are shaped by collaborations with practitioners and audiences, and are produced by teams of researchers, developers, designers and graduate students.

In 2016, our projects attracted over 37.8 million visits and nearly 20 million unique visitors.

We depend on grant funds from government agencies and private organizations to do our work.

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.

We encourage you to explore our work, get to know our staff, follow our activities, and consider how you might work with us.