WHAT WAS THERE is a website that brings history alive through maps, images, and place-based stories.
The website uses technology to connect time and space. A “virtual time machine” allows users to explore places as they appeared in the past. Users can either explore photos already in the system or upload their own photos. The uploaded images then appear on a Google Map interface.
To explore the map, users can enter the name of a place or a zip code. The Google Map will zoom into the area and show images that are available. Image details include when the photo was taken, the title, description, user, tags, source, and copyright information. In many cases, uses can compare the photo to a street view showing what the location looks like today. It’s even possible to overlay the historical photos on the street view for a direct comparison. Other nearby photos are also shown.
Consider a library project collaborating with the local historical society to scan and add photos to this growing website.
To visit the website, go to http://www.whatwasthere.com/.