(Android/iOS): It’s always interesting to think about the history where you’re standing—who may have been there, what may have happened. History Here is an interactive app that lets you explore historic points of interest nearby.
The app comes from the History channel and maps out thousands of historic locations across the United States. Like other maps, you can use it to explore cool nearby spots, but instead of restaurants and bars, it tells you a little bit about the history around you.
Get the facts about the history that’s hidden all around you, including architecture, museums, battlefields, monuments, famous homes and much more! And now, you can explore TOURS, a new feature that use locations as a way to learn about historical themes and topics, such as Marilyn Monroe’s Hollywood, Civil War Atlanta and Al Capone’s Chicago. WE ARE ADDING MORE POINTS OF INTEREST ALL THE TIME. Know a place that’s not listed in the app? Use the Suggest a Place feature to submit it to the HISTORY editorial team.
Some of these spots are fairly obvious. It maps out museums, for example, and if the Met is in your backyard, chances are, you’re aware of that. This might come in handy when you’re traveling to a new city, though.
It points out some lesser known spots, too. I mapped my old neighborhood in Houston, for example, and discovered I lived right near Howard Hughes’ boyhood home (it’s actually part of the University of St. Thomas, but easy to visit). Beyond historic homes and museums, the app also maps graves of historic figures and areas where historic events took place. Hit a spot on the map, and you’ll get a brief history lesson.
You can save spots and also get alerts when you’re walking near a mapped site. The app also has a list of curated tours in various cities. Check it out for yourself at the link below.