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In a message dated 98-03-16 21:23:49 EST, rhensley -AT- ecicnet.org writes:

<< ...decide about virtual or real - the last few weeks e-mails show (to me at
 > least) that there is interest perhaps enough for a real group.
 	I don't see a necessity to decide BETWEEN virtual or
 	real. The one compliments the other. It may start here,
 	but if it is to succeed, it will have to spread to those who
 	are not on-line. There are many many resources that we
 	cannot begin to handle without a non-internet base.
 	Having started here, we can avoid some of the 'hide-bound'
 	thing of those who have gone before and believe that the
 	Internet is only a passing fancy.
 	The virtual can easily be the rapid communications medium
 	that makes the real easier to build. >>

I agree.  I would think the ultimate goal should probably be creating a "real"
historical society - having an active virtual or on-line component, as a key,
but not sole aspect.

Ned S.

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