Historypin – Follow Friday

Historypin is a fun new site that can help flesh out your place research.

This site was launched in London in June 2010, is an online tool that allows people to view and share history through Google Maps and Google Street View technology.

The site is produced by We Are What We Do, in partnership with Google. The goal is to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories.

Users can upload and pin vintage photographs onto the site’s map and layer them onto modern Google Street View scenes, creating a timeline of views for the location. Stories for that location can be added as well.

Historypin.comThe photos currently date from 1840 to the present. At present, you can upload six photos using your Google account and a Picasa album. One of the project’s goals is “bringing different generations and communities together to collect and share the history of their streets.”

The website has over 200,000 assets and recollections “pinned” to the Historypin map around the world, with a high rate of contribution in the United Kingdom, USA and Australia.

In addition to individual contributions, institutions who are participating in Historypin include the National Archives in the US, Biggleswade History Society, Bishopsgate InstituteThe John Lewis Partnership, Mirrorpix, The New York Transit Museum, PhillyHistory.org, The Ritz HotelBaltimore Museum of Industry and the Science and Society Picture Library and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

To learn more about the Historypin project, click here.

Visit the historypin.com map at: http://www.historypin.com/photos. To add photos to the project, click here.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

One Comment

  1. Michelle Goodrum 24 April 2011 at 8:13 PM

    This looks like it might be fun and interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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