Last Wednesday on November 20, we met with San Francisco’s fantastic Bernal Heights History Project (BHP) to introduce Year of the Bay mysteries and to tap into their expertise to solve some Bernal Heights-related photo mysteries. The small gathering, held at the Bernal Height’s Branch Library on Cortland Ave., brought together some enthusiastic group members despite the rainly weather that night. With help organizing from the group’s illustrious coordinator Vicky Walker, we were able to talk about Bernal Heights-specific photo mysteries, many of which she uploaded from the San Francisco Public Library onto the Bernal Heights History Channel on Historypin.
We had visited the BHP back in May to introduce Historypin and Year of the Bay, and were very excited to be invited back to one of their monthly meetings to work on some Bernal-specific photo mysteries with them.
Since the launch of our Year of the Bay project last year, we have most recently introduced the Mysteries interface to the project so that users from far and wide might help us crowdsource data for pinned content in a fun and engaging way. We are now focusing on mysteries relating to one local history group, Bernal Heights History Project, to see how one enthusiastic community can come together around these tools.
That night at the library, which included lots of discussion and talking through some of the mysteries pinned to Year of the Bay, was lots of fun and is hopefully the beginning of some in-depth mystery-solving on Historypin. As a native San Franciscan, learning about a neighborhood so close to where I grew up is always fascinating, but even more fun when done amongst the intimate community setting of BHP. Below is an example of one of the photos we looked at together, a sweeping panorama of what is today’s Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco:
You don’t have to be a BHP member to help solve these Mysteries in Year of the Bay! Whether a Bernal Heights history enthusiast, a San Francisco history one, or someone who likes to solve history mysteries, you can check out Year of the Bay Mysteries here.
Here are some quick tips for solving:
1. Go to www.yearofthebay.org., and at the top right make sure you “Login” with your Google, Facebook, or Twitter accounts.
2. Once you are logged in scroll down to the Mysteries tab on www.yearofthebay.org (the default view).
3. On the Mysteries interface select “Show Me: Unsolved Mysteries” and you’re ready to get started!
Because this is a beta tool (which is to say we’re still working on it to make it better), if anything weird happens, feel free to comment on this blog post, or fill out this easy form to let us know what happened.