An App that Enlightens You of the History that Surrounds You: History Here

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 11.21.05 AMUp front I apologize to my readers outside of the US, because this app is USA-only. But maybe maybe maybe there is a similar one for near you. I hope so, because this is special.

The app displays a map of where-you-are OR a location-you-choose, and then displays little markers highlighting spots where History occurred.

Awesome! I tried it locally and was amazed to find some places to explore within a few miles from my home. Daniel Boone’s birthplace? Who knew?

Then I typed in a zip code from the Jersey shore and the following screen popped up. All those red markers are places of some historical significance. Wow, right?

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Tap on any of those red markers and the history is revealed:

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Another tap will describe the site in more detail, and usually gives you a link to the site’s actual webpage.

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Developers promise constant updates, adding new points of interest all the time.

History Here is available for both the iPad and the iPhone and is FREE in the iTunes store.

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17 thoughts on “An App that Enlightens You of the History that Surrounds You: History Here

  1. WOW! This is great for when I go on photo shoots. This app makes it easy to find subjects to photograph without looking in several different places. You have brighten my day and now I am full of excitement for my spring and summer outings. THANK YOU!


  2. Very cool! My husband will love this. Shhhh. Don’t tell him you found this out. 😉 (kidding. I’ll give you all the credit) THANKS!

    • I love finding little known places. Once when my son was only 8 or 9, we drove WAY out of our way so he could see “Millard Fillmore’s Birthplace”. We found it. A picnic bench and a flag in the middle of no-wheres-ville. 🙂

  3. Woo, that’s really good…. This app could ‘make me turn’; ‘cept it’s not here in Oz…
    Kathy, (and I really mean this)…! If this app is available in Oz I’ll ask my partner (K) to download it… He has an android..!
    Wow; this is really cool…. 🙂

  4. How simply fascinating… I could imagine what a challenge it would be to do one for Europe with all their goings-on for centuries while the US was still clean unspoiled and empty!!

    • So very true!!! Some of the “historical” points that are suggested are really “points of interest”. For instance, the Crayola factory is listed near me. I guess you could argue that it is ‘historical’, but certainly not in the same class as a soaring medieval cathedral!

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