25 November 2011

WRHS Launches New, More User-Friendly Website

Many changes are underway at Western Reserve Historical Society. We've noted the construction underway in the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum in an earlier posting. Also, several new people have joined the staff at the Society.
Another change--one that is especially welcome to genealogists and family historians--is the society’s new website. Here’s the official statement about this development:
CLEVELAND, OH – – Western Reserve Historical Society launches its new website (www.wrhs.org) on Tuesday, November 22nd.  This new site will enhance the virtual visitor experience with improved interactivity, ease of navigation, online ticketing and a customized event calendar.  The website will be in a testing phase for the following twelve months with feedback requested from users.  Improvements will continue to be added during the testing phase including digital access to the WRHS collections and virtual tours of WRHS facilities.  Development of the website was funded by The George Gund Foundation.  Designers were Chad Allan Consulting and Gryphon Media Group. To view the new site visit www.wrhs.org
When you arrive at the home page for the new website, you will see a new set of navigation tabs: About, Explore & Learn, Research & Collections, Get Involved, Shop, Rentals, and Plan Your Visit.
Most genealogists and family history researchers will want to click on “Research & Collections.” A drop-down menu gives you these choices: Community History, Archives, Research Center, Collection Highlights, Databases, Family History, How to Donate, and What’s New.
One notable difference is the inclusion of “Research Center” in this list. Basically, this is the new name for the Library. Click on this choice and you see a view familiar to visitors to the Library. The website provides the following introduction to this part of the History Center: 
The Research Center 
A part of the Western Reserve Historical Society, housed within the History Center in University Circle, the WRHS Research Center is an amazing resource for the academic and for the family history researcher.  Collections spanning national and local history and genealogy are available Thursday - Saturday in person or online. 
One of the selections available under this heading is Genealogy, which takes you to Collection Highlights, Databases, and Family History. 
The Research Center will remain open during the construction activities in other areas of the History Center.
As I love to remind everybody when we're discussing the Internet, a website is a dynamic channel of communication. We'll be watching for future additions, changes, and improvements at www.wrhs.org.

No comments:

Post a Comment