History Hour

Turns Out Twitter Is a Pretty Decent Place for a Civil War Reenactment

(Kansas Humanities)

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is ongoing, but the actual commemorations are a pretty mixed bag. Gettysburg got not one but two reenactments in early July, but New York’s draft riots passed with barely a peep.

Well, Boing Boing reports that one group has an unusual means of marking one infamous, bloody chapter called Quantrill’s Raid: A reenactment on Twitter. Read More

Nerd Alert

Hey History Nerds: Turn Foursquare Into an Orgy of Vintage Photos

(Photo: Foursquare)

Good news for history nerds/hipsters who really identify with Luc Sante’s Low Life: The New York Public Library has released a snazzy new app that’ll show you cool historical photos when you check in on Foursquare. Pack your bags, because we’re going on a nostalgia trip.

The app draws on the NYPL’s Photographic Views of New York City collection, a huge cache of photos from the 1870s to the 1970s meant to “document the changing face” of the city. During a recent hackathon, a team rigged them up to Foursquare and its geolocation data. Read More