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This new site from the National Museum of American History (NMAH) showcases hundreds of items from the museum's collection, many currently not on display. What makes this site particularly notable is its organization, which eschews the standard division into categories and subcategories (where users "drill down" to reach items) for a front page from which all items are accessible with a click. The interface here is quite nifty. NMAH aimed to replicate the serendipitous experience of wandering through a museum and encountering unexpected and interesting items. When users log on to HistoryWired, they will find a grid grouped into broad categories such as Sciences, Home, and Print/ Communications. Running the mouse over a square in the grid brings up a thumbnail and brief description of an item. More information and a larger image are available by clicking on the square. Boxes/ items can be highlighted by date using the slider bar at the top of the screen or by category using the buttons. Or, for the more focused visitor, there is a search box at the bottom of the screen. Mac users may need to download Mac OS Runtime for Java to use all of the features at the site (see the Technical Requirements section of the site for a hyperlink).
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