The National Archives launched the History Hub as a pilot project so that we can test its usefulness as a crowdsourcing platform. You can think of History Hub like the Apple Support Community, but for people researching history. History Hub is a place to share information, work together, and find people based on their experience and interests. The platform offers tools like discussion boards, blogs, and community pages to bring together experts and researchers interested in American history. Experts from the National Archives and other cultural institutions as well as history enthusiasts and citizen archivists are available to help people with their research.
The goal is for History Hub to serve as a one-stop shop for crowdsourcing information related to a research subject. We are working to apply what we learn from the beta site to a longer-term solution that can be used freely by other federal government agencies and interested organizations looking to expand public participation with history. History Hub provides opportunities to reach the communities you are interested in serving and connecting them with your collections. We’re already using it to reach active communities such as volunteer transcribers and genealogists. Who else might benefit from these shared tools? How might your organization use History Hub to further your mission? Join us!
I asked a specific research question
I got an answer within hours
People who are knowledgeable
(“citizen experts”) helped me
The answer is now available to anyone
who Googles a similar research question
How might this model work for
Contribute to the public
(and stop answering questions
again and again)
Did I mention it is free for
anyone to participate?
Get people answers more
quickly (and more completely)
with help from other experts,
including the crowd.
Try it out and let us know how
we can make it work for you.
How to begin?
Create a user account
Have us do a demo for your reference staff
Post your Frequently Asked Questions
Add logo next to your user accounts to indicate expertise
Identify a community of interest or topic to cultivate
What would you like to see?