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A People's History of the Swannanoa Valley - Innovative use of SocialMedia

Social Media offers unique opportunities to share and discuss local history. A century ago people shared their local history and stories in various informal settings.   Local History societies were…Continue

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A People's History of the Swannanoa Valley - Innovative use of SocialMedia

Social Media offers unique opportunities to share and discuss local history. A century ago people shared their local history and stories in various informal settings.   Local History societies were formed as a way to share and document local history in a more formal way.  Today, many discussions of local history are taking place on facebook.  ASHEVILLE, The Way It Was is a good example of the use of Facebook Groups to  discuss and disseminate local history.This week I launched a new Facebook…See More
Feb 21, 2013

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