Melanie Bump
Technologies in Museums
Final Project and Presentation
History Pin: Project and Presentation
How can Museums, Libraries and Archives use Historypin?
For my final project I explored using Historypin to create an onsite tour. The project uses Historypin to complete a tour, that can be accessed using QR codes at a local historic site, Historic Speedwell. I also researched how museums, libraries, archives and historic sites are using History Pin to promote their collections and reach new audiences. The class presentation focused on how to use the website and how other institutions are using the site to promote their collection.
Notes From the Presentation:
About History Pin
History pin is a website and smartphone application that allows users to upload content, add a description, and any personal stories, then pin the content to a map. This allows other users to access the content, related to the location. The content is user-generated historical photos and personal recollections. The website uses Google Maps, and Google Street View. Users are able to search for content by date and location. If a Google Street view is available the user can overlay the historical photo over the street view, showing the juxtaposition between the contemporary view and historical view.
Historypin was created by a non-profit company We Are What We Do, by CEO Nick Stanhope, in partnership with Google. The beta version of the website launched in the United Kingdom June 2010 and the Royal Institute in London. Originally a UK based project they launched a Historypin map, covering North America and continental Europe in July, 2011. Before branching out of the UK, the website had over 30,000 images and recollections.
Some of the Museums I looked at for examples include:
Sacramento Mid-Century Modern
Brooklyn Museum
“We couldn’t get a team to sit here and catalog this, with this variety of knowledge, in a million years,” said Deborah Wythe, the head of digital collections at the museum.

How it is used

In order to sign in to Historypin you need to have a Google account. You can access information without signing in but if you want to upload your own content you need to setup an account. I found some difficulties in using the site. It took a certain amount of trial and error to create the Tour: A Tale of Two Houses. In order to create a tour you have to setup a profile, pin images and create a collection.
Profile found at this link.

A Tale of Two House Moves
PROJECT found at this link.
The tour consists of 13 images of the buildings the L’Hommedieu and Estey House. These buildings were moved from the corner of Spring and Water Street, Morristown (Currently Headquarters Plaza’s Parking Garage) to Historic Speedwell, in 1969. The tour is pinned at the Heaquarters Plaza and Historic Speedwell locations. Many of these image pins did not offer Google Streetviews on the map because they are not located on main roads anymore. So they work more efficiently as onsite tours then online tours. The tour is intended to work in conjunction with QR codes. There will be 4 QR codes, placed at the current and former building locations, each leading to the Tale of Two Houses Tour on Historypin. I have not installed the QR codes yet.

I plan on presenting this tour idea to the Morris County Park Commission, with the intent to pursue a partnership/ local project with Historypin. The moving of these houses was a big event that shut down town for a day or two and I am sure there are many interesting stories, and photos from the community that would help expand the tour. I hope to gather more content, audio clips, and video clips contributed from the community, not just the Historic Speedwell Archives.

Conclusion: is a great website and wonderful way to capture the image collection of the world. As a resource for Museums I found it difficult to search by Museum collection. The search requirements are limited to subject, location and year. In order for Museum/Libraries and Archives to have a greater presence on the website I think they should allow you to “easily” search by creator or institution.