If you are pinning for a museum, library, archive, or other historical organization, your set-up process will be slightly different, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to become a partner.
If you are not affiliated with an organization and want to contribute to the map, feel free to use this guide to help you navigate the map!
Visit the Abolitionist Map of America website
Click "Add Content" then "Register Now."
You will be asked to create a PBS account.
After you create your account, return to the map
Click "Add Content," and log-in using your email address and password (if your computer already has you logged in, simply click "Continue").
Simply follow the instructions on the website for pinning your material to the map. You can choose to upload Photos, Video, Audio, or photos of Documents.
After you upload each item, you will be asked to add the following:
You can pin your item to a location on the map by searching for the approximate address in the search box, or by manually navigating the map with your cursor.
If you are uploading an image of a location, you can also opt to pin your photo to Street View. This will allow the user to compare your photo with how the site looks today, highlighting how that location has changed over time.
To post an ideal photo pin, try to follow some or all of the following guidelines:
**SAMPLE PIN: This is an ideal pin because the location is highly significant to the abolitionist movement, it is pinnable in street view, the date is within range, and the description mentions people significant to the movement, how they are related to this image, and what the site is today.
Title: The Grimke House
Description: This was Angelina and Sarah Grimke's Charleston home before they moved north to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to become leaders in the abolitionist movement. While living here, their time was split between this home and their father's Beaufort, South Carolina estate. The house now operates as a law firm.
Of course, we understand that these kinds of images are not exactly easy to come by! Other great content types include:
Consider other types of posts including:
Ideal video content would have the following characteristics:
Title: Douglass and Garrison Meet
Description: In August of 1841, Frederick Douglass traveled to Nantucket to hear the publisher of Boston's "The Liberator" abolitionist newspaper, William Lloyd Garrison, speak. After hearing Douglass tell his story, Garrison realized he had found the man he had been looking for. Garrison approached Douglass with a proposition.
Pinned Location: The video was pinned at the site portrayed in this scene, a meetinghouse in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
The ideal TITLE will be short and well representative of the photo or video you are pinning.
The ideal DESCRIPTION:
The ideal LOCATION is the exact spot where the photograph was taken. If you are pinning the item in street view, the photo should be pinned as close as possible to the angle, distance and location that the photograph was taken.
If the pin is not a photograph of a building, the location should be as accurate and relevant as possible to the item that you are pinning.
The ideal DATE is the date that the photograph was taken or when the document was created. If you are unsure of the date, the system allows you to provide an approximate window.
Ideal TAGS are thorough, concise possible search terms for the item that you are pinning. We recommend using 2-4 tag words on each pin.
NOTES, AUTHOR, and ORIGINAL LINKS: These fields offer you the option to include copyright information and the site where you originally found the image (such as the Library of Congress). We strongly recommend you fill this in.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. Happy Pinning to the Abolitionist Map of America!