Select a mobile public history site or application that targets your local area. Try it in the field. Write a review of your experience on your blog. What are the place-based techniques that the projects use for engagement? What is the theory of history that they are putting forward?
Clio is a mobile app and website that connects thousands of people to historic and cultural sites around the United States. Created by Dr. David Trowbridge of Marshall University, Clio is driven by a nationwide network of contributors from communities and institutions—including classes at universities and colleges—who know their history and want to share it with the world. As of December 2019, Clio includes articles for over 30,000 landmarks and 600 complete walking tours and is free for download.
Clio connects thousands of people to nearby historical landmarks each day with narration, text, images, and links to sources. It includes over 600 walking tours that can be used online or downloaded in advance for offline use. Clio enriches one’s understanding of the world, just because its history doesn’t mean it doesn’t have relevance today. It’s a digital platform that allows public historians to use GPS technology to engage audiences and document historical narratives.
In addition to learning how to write for the public on a digital platform, students have the option of conducting oral histories, taking standard and 360-degree photographs, creating short videos, and writing longer narratives—each of which can be linked within their Clio entry. It is a tool that encourages exploration and discovery of physical spaces, buildings, markers, and monuments.