Historypin – Pinterest for History Buffs! by Annie Johnson

Pinterest. Anyone worth their weight in DIY has spent hours upon hours sifting through 15 different ways to turn unused pallets into festive decor. DIY or Die. That being said, not all of us are lucky enough to have been gifted a crafty gene. Fear not. For those of you out there that are more historically inclined there is Historypin! I was recently introduced to this website and proceeded to do the fangirl “SQEEEE!” I have been doing hours of research on outreach for the archives, and this site is a fantastic way to showcase some of what we have to offer. Historypin boasts the ability to safely upload photo, audio, and video files while keeping the university’s wallet and copyrights intact; a match made in heaven. Needless to say, I immediately immersed myself in what all this nonprofit had to offer. The site is full of individuals and conglomerations all supplying snippets of history from the recent to the distant past. You can look at individual pins, collections (a slideshow of topical media), or tours (where you can “travel” with the collection).  The site has also paired with Google Street View so that you can compare the then to now seamlessly. Very cool! You can search for a specific institution/person in profiles or search for a specific noun in map portion. This site seemed like the perfect medium to start an Emporia State University Libraries and Archives page, so I did. The project is still in its infancy, but so far there are two collections available for viewing with plenty of ideas for future uploads. These two collections are Historical Architecture of Emporia State University and William Allen White Library Renovations. There may or may not be a fun activity with edible prizes for smarties going on this weekend at the William Allen White Library for participants in Parents’ Weekend. I am very excited to see where the project is headed in the future, and hope you enjoy it as much as I do! If you want to see what the archives has already posted, and you know you do, then follow the link below. Prepare yourself to get lost in history on Historypin!

http://www.historypin.org/channels/view/66003/

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