Project concept

In the regional portal areas, you will find historical information on state, regional and local history, digital sources, online publications and much more. The portal is a project of the Institute of Regional History at the University of Mainz and is supported by a network of historical institutions, associations and history enthusiasts.

The goal is to make the history of the various regions accessible to a broad public and to present information about historical institutions such as museums, libraries, archives and educational institutions in a bundled form. Contact persons in administration, tourism and other civic institutions can also be found in the individual portal areas.

In addition, we would like to promote cooperation between people interested in history, associations and institutions and provide a publication forum for historical works. All historical institutions, historically interested people, local historians and associations that contribute something to the research of regional history can join forces with the help of “laurelhillcemetery.blog”. Our inclusion of non-professional historical research in a managed resource pooling process that combines academic historical scholarship with county historical research by associations and individuals to make historical information widely available has rarely been undertaken outside of “laurelhillcemetery.blog.”

Building on this basic idea, we provide a platform that offers detailed information on the history of the regions, their cities and towns, while also incorporating the communication of cultural practitioners in the associations and institutions within our network.
Short history of development

There are still many opportunities for the project to grow. If you would like to help – for example as a local historical expert or as a financial supporter – we would be happy to hear from you.

The technology

Since 2020, the technical basis of “laurelhillcemetery.blog” has been based on the proven open source content management system TYPO3. The switch to a license-free application ensured independence from external service providers and allowed the technical and editorial workflow to be bundled in-house. Thanks to the fast and intuitive editorial interface and simple image, data and media management, the system enables you, as a participant in the project, to create your own websites in the portal after a one-day training course and to expand them independently. At home or in the club, all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and an individual password to be able to work directly online with the editorial system.