We are blessed to live in an age of inexpensive digital imaging combined with easy to use methods of sharing those images.
The relatively new image and link sharing service Pinterest has been a wonderful tool for historians and history buffs who want to share their material. We have our own Pinterest account for material shared from the Accessible Archives database and we follow some pretty amazing folks there as well.
When we first started using Pinterest we asked others about what and why they are sharing their stuff on the virtual pin boards there.
Here are some of the answers:
- The Becker/Zotzmann Family says: I’m leaving no stones unturned as I search for clues about ancestors from Eastern Europe. My grandparents were from the tumultuous Volhynian area and there are very few records remaining. Suggested boards: Genealogy
- Greensburg Public Library says: We are creating boards linking to full-text books by Indiana authors, photos, genealogy resources, local history programs, reading lists (“Reading Women’s History), and more. We’re coming up with new ways to use Pinterest every day. Suggested boards: Reading Women’s History, Civilian Conservation Corps, and Reading Indiana
- Phillip M. Bryant, an author is creating on civil war research, history, and civil war novels. Suggested boards: Civil War History, Civil War Reenacting, and Civil War Fiction Novels
- Frontier Traveler is pinning photos and info about some of the best historic destinations in America on their main board simply titled Frontier Traveler.
In addition to these folks, one of our favorite bloggers and Twitter users, Robin Foster of @savingstories, is on Pinterest. If you want a glimpse of geneaologists and family historians are sharing information on Pinterest, her boards‘ would be a good place to start.
Many historical societies have also jumped on board and use Pinterest to help spread the word about their unique collections. Here are the ones we currently follow:
- Newport Historical Society
- Stevens County (Minnesota) Historical Society & Museum
- Oregon Historical Society
- New Canaan Historical Society
- Minnesota Historical Society
- Ramona Duncan-Huse (Indiana Historical Society)
- Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
- Clark County (Ohio) Historical Society
- Duxbury (Massachusetts) Rural and Historical Society
- Clackamas County (Oregon) Historical Society
If you are not yet on Pinterest and need an invitation, please request an invite by emailing your name and the email address we should send the invite to email@example.com.
If you are already using Pinterest to share your love of history or genealogy, please share a link in a comment below.