Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Nagasaki Archive - Preserving History of Atomic Bomb Survivors

The Nagasaki Archive is a project designed to preserve the history and stories of survivors of the August 9, 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. The Nagasaki Archive places the images of survivors and their stories on a Google Earth map. Some of the stories are only available in Japanese while others are available in English. The map also contains images of the destruction caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. The Nagasaki Archive uses the Google Earth plug-in.








Applications for Education
The Nagasaki Archive could be a great way for history teachers to have students explore and learn about the effect the US bombing of Japan. The Nagasaki Archive is an excellent example of using Google Earth to record local history and to tell a story. You could use the same concept to have students record and preserve the local history of their communities.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
10 Resources for Teaching and Learning About WWII
National Atlas Map Maker
Atlas of World War II