The internet is amazing. Yes, it can also be a cesspool of uselessness, but at its best, the web offers some impressive and innovative means of sharing information—sights, sounds and stories. At The History Factory, we’re always on the lookout for fresh ways to get a story out there. We also happen to dig well-produced books, videos, exhibits, timelines, interviews and online museums that succeed in bringing the notion of “history” off the dusty shelves of yesteryear and into an exciting new light. There’s a lot that can be done with history, and our new Pinterest board, “The Future of History,” gathers some of the best examples. Here are just a few:
The Museum of Bags: A quirky online collection of 7,000 paper, plastic, ceramic, silver, glass, straw, vinyl and burlap sacks offering an odd look at our shared cultural history.
2012 in 4 Minutes: The frenetic editing of this video may cause seizures, but it’s a crazy techno-poem to 2012 that successfully tweaks a few thousand memories from the past 365 days.
Bedrock Images: Two Ph.D. students are inspired by archives to research, restore and distribute forgotten maps of the world’s vital cities, capturing critical historical moments. Some are pure reproductions, while others have been “given modern afterlives.”
Oral History of “The Wire”: A behind-the-scenes look at one of the best TV shows of all time, as told by the HBO executives, creators, writers and actors who brought them to life.
Follow our board, repin our finds, or, if you haven’t joined the Pinterest movement, check back often, as we’ll be updating regularly. And please let us know if you find anything that screams “the future of history,” and we might just pin it on your behalf!