How You Can Participate in Year of the Bay

The Year of the Bay map

There are many ways to participate in our Year of the Bay project, celebrating the diverse history of the San Francisco Bay. Here are just a few:

Pin photos, video, or audio (and start your own channel!)

Be sure to use the “Pin your memories” button on Year of the Bay’s homepage in order for your content to appear in the project.

The "Pin Your Memories" button on the Year of the Bay homepage

Anything you post through Year of the Bay will automatically appear in your own (customizable!) Channel, which houses all of your content.

Example Channel, from the San Francisco Public Library

If you’ve already started a channel and want to add its content, email us at yearofthebay.sf@gmail.com and we’ll migrate it for you into Year of the Bay.

Solve a History Mystery

 …or two, or three, or all of them!  If you have expert knowledge about a certain place, time, or topic, share it by identifying the location, year, or subject of some photos.  You can also help by overlaying photos to the modern day street view.

Mysteries you can help solve on the Year of the Bay homepage

Suggest more accurate details

If you believe you see incorrect information on a photo, please use the “Suggest more accurate details” feature found on each pin.  Anything you suggest will be seen by the original pinner.

"Suggest more accurate details" button on each pin

Add comments, suggestions, and share your story

The Comments and Stories tab of a pin

You might have a story directly related to some pinned content.  We’d love to have you share it under the “Comments and suggestions” tab found on each pin.

Host a pinning event

Get together with friends and family, share photos and stories, then add them to Year of the Bay!

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If you have any further questions, contact us at yearofthebay.sf@gmail.com.

Historypin on the Radio, plus how-to’s in Australian!

We’ve been getting lots of love in Australia lately! Most recently, one of our partners, Museum Victoria, did a radio interview about their contributions to Historypin.

The fabulous Ely Wallis alerted us to it with a Tweet.  Thanks Ely and Gerard Callinan at the ABC! You can have a listen to it here: gc-history-pin-23-7.

And if that wasn’t enough, we heard from our friends over at the Bright Ideas Blog, which is a fantastic resource from the School Library Association of Victoria and the State Library of Victoria.  It turns out they’ve used Storify to create an embeddable resource guide on how to get started pinning on Historypin, full of all sorts of video tips on using our site!  Thanks for creating such a great resource–you guys are the best!  We’ve embedded the videos below–very clever!