Using HistoryPin to Enhance Oral History Collections

mappinHistoryPin is a unique non-profit website designed to allow people to connect and share pieces of history by virtually pinning them to the HistoryPin map. For example, below is an 1890 photograph of Rollins College that was pinned to Winter Park, Florida by the Winter Park Public Library.

Rollins College, from the Winter Park Public Library via HistoryPin

Photographs, video, audio content can all be pinned to the map. Together, these can form incredible collections that tell the story of a place, pulling a single point out from a map and showing its passage through time.

Anyone can create an account with HistoryPin and start building their own collection. This is especially useful for those who are working on oral history projects that are tied to a specific location–for example, our students who are exploring topics related to their particular campuses.

To upload audio or video content, follow these steps (adapted from the HistoryPin FAQs

  1.  Upload your audio or video clip to YouTube
  2. Make sure your video is listed as public
  3. Click the “share” button under the video on YouTube. Check the “long link” box and copy the link.
  4. Log in or create a HistoryPin account
  5. Click ‘Pin’ and select ‘Video’ or ‘Audio’ and drop in the link
  6. Add a title, date, and location (the date and location can be approximate)
  7. Don’t forget to save!

Once material has been pinned to the map, descriptive content (what you may have heard us refer to as “metadata”) or narrative content can also be added. In fact, you can add descriptive or narrative content to anything on the HistoryPin map, even if you didn’t add it yourself. This creates a rich opportunity for people to increase the communal knowledge about particular places and digital objects–for example, you may find a photo or video on HistoryPin which you know more about than the person who originally added it!

pointingrightRemember: If you are posting content from an oral history interview, make sure you have permission from the person you interviewed before making their interview public. If you do have permission but don’t have a YouTube account, don’t forget that if you created content as part of a class participating in the [True] Stories Project, we are happy to post your interview to our YouTube channel. Just email janerogersfield@gmail.com for more information!

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