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Philadelphia Department of Records Wins Award of Merit from AASLH
We're excited to announce that the Philadelphia Department of Records has been awarded a 2011 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for the work on PhillyHistory.org!
Now in its 66th year, the Leadership in History Awards from AASLH are awarded annually for projects that demonstrate excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history. The awards were presented at a banquet held on September 16 as part of the 2011 AASLH Annual Meeting in Richmond, Virginia.
We are delighted to receive this award and appreciative of the recognition from AASLH. The photographs and maps on PhillyHistory.org enable users to discover more about the history of Philadelphia and its many neighborhoods and communities. We hope that it provides people with an opportunity to remember and explore our city's past in a fun, innovative, and meaningful way.
Thank you to all the PhillyHistory.org users for supporting the project, and thank you to the American Association for State and Local History for this prestigious award!
The people who work on PhillyHistory.org spend a lot of time looking at beautiful images. Here are a few photos that have caught our attention recently.
Carissa: "It Takes Cooperation," 1932
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So Many Good Reasons to Read the PhillyHistory Blog
years of blogging, we're giving the PhillyHistory
Blog a bit of a renovation. Begun in May 2006, the blog features articles
from the PhillyHistory team and guest bloggers on the stories behind
the photographs - stories that provide insight into the people,
of Philadelphia's past.
of History focuses on some of the more unique images on PhillyHistory.org.
Certain photos just seem to beg for additional details, and we'll provide
some of those details via Snapshots of History. Check out the first entry
in the series - Kill
We're also pleased to announce that Ken Finkel will be joining us as a weekly contributor to the PhillyHistory Blog. Before joining Temple University in 2008 as Distinguished Lecturer in American Studies, Ken held several positions in Philadelphia's cultural and media organizations. He previously blogged at Brownstoner Philadelphia and The Sixth Square at WHYY. Every Thursday, Ken will be weighing in on a variety of Philadelphia topics, past and present. You can read his introductory article, "Travels in the Unpretentious City," and other essays on the PhillyHistory Blog. You can also follow Ken on Twitter at @kenfinkel. We hope you enjoy his wonderful articles!
features on the blog include:
The PhillyHistory.org blog can be accessed at http://www.phillyhistory.org/blog. Have an idea for a blog entry or know of a photo we should feature in Snapshots of History? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PhillyHistory.org Experiments with Augmented Reality Technology
In early 2011, the PhillyHistory.org team had the exciting task of experimenting with mobile augmented reality technology. The Philadelphia Department of Records had been awarded a Digital Humanities Start-Up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities to investigate the use of augmented reality with historic photographs. Could we use this very new form of technology to create another method for viewing very old images?
But, first, what in the world is augmented reality?
Augmented reality (also known as AR) has many definitions, but we were thinking of it as the overlaying of digital data or computer generated imagery on a real-time view of the physical world. In the case of our research, we investigated the possibility of overlaying historic images on a view of the current landscape as seen through the camera feature of a smart phone such as an iPhone or Android device. Basically, a person would be able to look through their phone and view icons indicating a historic image was originally taken at that location. By clicking on the icon, the person could view the historic image as an overlay on their view of the current landscape. Ideally, the person would then be able to compare the past and the present and see how the location had changed.
such an application, we used augmented reality technology provided by
a company called Layar
and the geographic information (the location where the photo was taken)
that is tracked in PhillyHistory.org.
We also consulted with local historians including the editors of The Encyclopedia
of Greater Philadelphia who provided us with additional text to accompany
twenty select images.
New Features and Products in the PhillyHistory Store
With everything from William Penn's statue to the Fairmount Water Works to the construction of the Frankford Elevated, there are thousands of images on PhillyHistory.org that can demonstrate your love of Philadelphia and its history. These images make great decorations for your home or office or the perfect gift for someone who loves our City!
We're happy that there are now even more ways to take PhillyHistory home with you. In addition to smaller print sizes, the images can be purchased in larger sizes such as 40 or 50 inch prints. We've also added a series of canvas print options as an alternative to the paper prints. Want to customize your print? A new custom cropping feature lets you drag and crop the image to show just the portion that you wish to have printed. This feature is available for select print sizes and types.
Your purchases on PhillyHistory.org help maintain the PhillyHistory project and the work of the City of Philadelphia. Thank you for your ongoing support!
We're on Twitter!
team is now on Twitter!
A microblogging site, Twitter lets users post short messages no longer than
140 characters. Many libraries, archives, and museums can be found on Twitter
"tweeting" about the activities happening at their institutions.
We're hoping to use Twitter as a way to provide you with glimpses into the
behind the scenes world of PhillyHistory.org. We'll be posting a
Photo of the Day as well as linking to interesting stories and events
related to history and photograph projects in Philadelphia. Follow us and
let us know what you think about the historic images!
Have a Suggestion?
you have an idea for a new feature on PhillyHistory.org? Is there
a topic you think we should cover in a blog entry? How can we make the