Because history museums tend to attract older audiences, it can be challenging to find new ways to engage the younger generations. Moreover, many museums and universities feel proprietary about their collections and might be reluctant to put elements of their collections online for the masses.
However, using Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media to attract new audiences and educate them about the past is a highly promising and interactive form of community outreach with no borders. This un-panel will explore different groups’ experiences using social media as a tool to connect to new audiences and bring the past to life. Examples of different Florida and national digital collections that are interactive and educational will be explored.