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Dear Friends of H-Net: This January I attended H-Net's wonderful 20th anniversary reunion at the American Historical Association's annual meeting in New Orleans, where I joined with so many old friends and new acquaintances to celebrate two decades of free service to the profession. There I previewed a prototype of our exciting new web platform, informally dubbed "H-Net 2.0." Our editors have been testing a development version and our staff has been earnestly wringing out bugs and kinks in the new system. I am especially pleased that this new platform will not only be more interactive for subscribers, but it will also focus even more on shared scholarly content. You can look at a recent version of the platform at its permanent home http://networks.h-net.org where our friends at H-South have been adding material and trying out features. The site is not taking subscribers at the moment, but it’ll give you some of the flavor of the new system. You can read about our efforts at http://networks.h-net.org/node/513/pages/875/greetings-visitors Moving over to this platform will be a huge task for our staff! Your donations will help us get to the starting gate. We are *purchasing new equipment* to handle the resource load as networks and their subscribers join up, and we are *writing instructions, help pages, and webinar scripts* to help editors and subscribers make the most of what this system has to offer. Finally, we are working under the hood to *tighten up features, improve navigation and design elements, and speed up the system’s response times.* All of these things require staff and money. *Your tax-deductible donation will help us keep H-Net free to the public, meet the cost of finishing the work, and shorten the transition time to launch* -- please visit: http://www.h-net.org/donations Thank you for supporting H-Net! Melanie Shell-Weiss, Ph.D. President, H-Net Director, Kutsche Office of Local History Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department Grand Valley State University 101 Lake Ontario Hall Allendale, Michigan 49401 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org