|Historypin view of the Tennessee State Capitol Building|
during the Civil War.
Rebekkah Abraham is Archives and Content Manager for Historypin, a new, free way for archives and members of the public to share their history. Here's an excerpt from an e-mail and press release that I received from Rebekkah which describes Historypin in further detail...
Historypin is a digital time machine that provides a new way for the world to see and share history. The site allows users to share images from their personal photo albums, as well as the stories behind them.
Historypin allows users to overlay historic photographs on Google Street View and Google Maps, providing compelling windows into the past at the click of a button. Developed in partnership with Google, the site finds a unique use for Google Maps and Street View, meaning pictures can be dated as well as geo-tagged and then ‘pinned’ into place on top of modern Street View photography. The result is a fascinating snapshot of the changing face of local streets and well known landmarks and provides a new perspective on historic moments.
With over 30,000 pictures ‘pinned’ to date, the site has ambitions to become the world’s largest user-generated archive of historic images and stories, providing easy access to digitised history stretching from the invention of the camera to yesterday. Pictures have also been provided from various national archives, newspaper archives, historical societies, museums, institutions and businesses.
You can see a quick video about the project here, and you can see some examples of photographs here.
We are keen to build relationships with archives and help them share their content on Historypin. Tennessee has a really rich history and we would love to get it better represented on Historypin.
Archives and special collections repositories take note... Historypin offers you a unique opportunity to share your photo collections with the public. By pairing historic images with Historypin's Google Maps interface, you can share information about your collections on an interactive and educational platform. Educators should also know that Historypin provides teachers with a great tool to use in schools to engage students in curriculum subjects like history, and to turn students into "citizen archivists."
Sounds like an intriguing project! If your archive would like to get involved, you can find out more information about Historypin here. I have also provided a few additional links below for further information.
Gordon Belt is an information professional, archives advocate, public historian, and author of The History Press book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, which examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory. On The Posterity Project, Gordon offers reflections on archives, public history, and memory from his home state of Tennessee.