See Google view of Eisenhower's Gettysburg home

Written by Davin Jurgensen, The Evening Sun | Feb 19, 2016 11:00 AM

(Gettysburg) -- People can now view artifacts located at Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg on their computers and mobile devices.

The site's objects are featured in the Google Cultural Institute, which photographs and virtually maps photos, records and works of art to share with global audiences and digitally preserve them for future generations, according to a news release from the National Park Service.

Google Cultural Institute is similar to Google Street View, which provides 360-degree views of locations around the world on Google Maps. Gettysburg National Military Park is also featured on the site.

The addition of Eisenhower National Historic Site to the institute was made possible by a partnership between the site, Google and the National Park Service.

Located next to the Gettysburg battlefield, the 690-acre site is the former home to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. People are welcome to tour the home, which includes original furnishings, and its surroundings.

"The magic of technology is that it allows us to fold space and time to bring people together with places, experiences, artifacts and each other in ways that before were impossible," Malika Saada Saar, Google's senior counsel on civil and human rights, said in the release. "That's what the Google Cultural Institute does, and we are thrilled to work with the National Park Service to help preserve these beautiful American places, objects and stories."

The National Park Service is home to one of the world's largest museum systems, the release states, and includes 45 million objects. Visitors to its online collection can view more than 3,800 works of art.

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between The Evening Sun and WITF. 

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