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In 1989 as its contribution to the forthcoming Columbian Quincentenary, Millersville University created and installed an innovative, online dial-in text retrieval system known as The Computerized Information Retrieval System (CIRS) on Columbus and the Age of Discovery. Ahead of its time even as commemorations began for the 500^th^ 500 th Anniversary 1992, CIRS became one of the first academic projects of the newly created Internet. Recognized as an official project of the U.S. Christopher Columbus Jubilee Commission, Spain92, as well as several other countries, CIRS received national and international recognition including the accolade of being "a model for all future historical databases" by the AHA. Also, it became an integral part of the "Kids Safe" EdSITEment learning program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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