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Welcome to the blog for the Elizabeth Murray Project update!

The goal of this blog is to display the updates to the project before they are instated on the official site. The original Elizabeth Murray Project, while functional, was in dire need of a user experience revamp. In a way, this is the Elizabeth Murray Project 2.0 in beta. In this update project, we updated the timeline from the original site to TimeMapper, expanded it to include important events from the time period which directly affected Murray, and completed the digitization and transcription of a few letters not featured on the original site.

Our new site is meant to be a supplement to the original site until both sites are consolidated. When used together, these sites allow users to conduct their own research, using primary sources usually unavailable to all but university students, and draw their own conclusions about the life of Elizabeth Murray in 18th century America. The navigation bar at the top of the page leads users to the timeline with a simple “Timeline” tab while the letters are grouped together by correspondence under the “Letters & Transcription” menu.

On this blog you will find an updated timeline which uses TimeMapper to display events and their location on a timeline, with respect to the physical location. Using TimeMapper we were able to build a more interactive and visual timeline of events where users can see events chronologically and on an interactive map simultaneously. This timeline will replace the current one once all of the data is transferred over and curated. The page for TimeMapper can be found here.

In addition to the new timeline, we have transcribed several more letters which pertain to Elizabeth Murray and her affairs. Once they are properly formatted, we will be adding them to the archive portion of the project. The page with transcriptions and original letters can be found here.

Thank you for visiting!