Vermont Historical Society partners with American Experience to populate the Abolitionist Map of America

NEWS RELEASE — Vermont Historical Society
Nov. 27, 2012

Contacts:
Vermont Historical Society Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator
Julie Nelson (802) 479-8519
julie.nelson@state.vt.us

Interactive Map Explores the Legacy of the Anti-Slavery Movement Through Its Impact on Local Communities

BOSTON, MA – November 16, 2012 – The Vermont Historical Society announced today a partnership with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on the Abolitionist Map of America, an interactive website that explores events, characters and locations connected to the anti-slavery movement, one of the the most important civil rights crusades in American history. An extension of the three-part series The Abolitionists, premiering Tuesdays, January 8-22, 2013 on PBS, the map engages communities around their local history, expanding upon the stories told in The Abolitionists and connecting them to real geographic locations. The map brings events from the past to life and integrates them into present-day America.

The Vermont Historical Society joins dozens of museums, libraries, archives and PBS member stations in populating the map with geo-tagged historical photos and documents, as well as more than 30 video clips from The Abolitionists. Unique individuals are also invited to upload their own content with the goal of creating a map that reflects the shared history of the movement and its indelible mark on local communities and the nation.

Developed with innovative technology from public media history platform Historypin, the Abolitionist Map of America allows users to superimpose an archival image of a specific location over the present-day street view of that same location, showing how a significant place has changed over time. Walking tours of Boston, Charleston, Cincinnati and Philadelphia can be experienced by users virtually on the Web or spontaneously as they walk through the city.

View The Abolitionist Map of America here:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/interactive-map/abolitionists-map/

For an example of a Vermont Historical pinning, zoom in on Vermont and click pins for Danville, Peacham, and Middlebury!

The Abolitionist Map of America will be available as an iPhone app in December 2012.

About THE VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the Leahy Library and new Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre, and programming throughout the state. Established in 1838, its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections and statewide outreach. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. Visit the Society’s website at www.vermonthistory.org.

About AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Television’s most-watched history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been hailed as “peerless” (Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 16 George Foster Peabody Awards, one most recently for the series represented by Freedom Riders, Triangle Fire, and Stonewall Uprising.

Exclusive corporate funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for The Abolitionists provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional Funding provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; the Yawkey Foundations; Members of the Documentary Investment Group, The Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation, Robert & Marjie Kargman and Gloria & Burton Rose; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Television Viewers. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

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More information and photos are available at www.pbs.org/pressroom

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