Google Cultural Institute Commemorates U.S. Civil Rights
The Institute was established in 2010 to help preserve and promote culture online, to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations, according to the Institute. The museum's exhibits already cover a wide swath of the history of the world's cultures, as well as a huge and growing collection of art, artifacts and more from around the world. The Google Cultural Institute hosts marvelous online collections of artwork and cultural treasures that are in hundreds of museums, cultural institutions and archives around the world, according to the group. Google created the organization to help show the collections virtually to people around the globe. The Google Cultural Institute includes the Art Project, with some 40,000 images of world-renowned and community-based artwork from more than 40 countries; the World Wonders Project, which includes images of modern and ancient heritage sites from around the globe using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies; and archive exhibitions featuring massive collections of information from institutions and museums the world over, much of which cannot always be put on public display, according to Google. In March, the Institute launched an online "Women in Culture" project that tells the stories of known and unknown women who have impacted our world as part of the company's commemoration of International Women's Day on March 8. The fascinating online feature included 18 new exhibits that showcase detailed stories about amazing women throughout our history.The online institute features a collection of more than 57,000 pieces of art. In November 2013, the Google Cultural Museum showcased the five handwritten versions of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address online in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his famous and moving 272-word speech. The five versions were placed online in a special gallery for viewers to read and review. Five different copies of the Gettysburg Address were written by Lincoln and given to five different people, each named for the person to whom they were given, according to AbrahamLincolnOnline.org.
In December 2013, the Google Cultural Institute gained more artwork for its online collections, including a new assortment of pieces that challenge the visual perceptions of viewers.