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Portfolio | History Here 3.0

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The History Channel has launched a major update to the app I help oversee content for, History HERE. In addition to a nicely executed visual update, version 3.0 of the app also features a new Tours feature, with topical itineraries. For the 3.0 launch I wrote seven of the 14 tours available. The tour is a fun way to dig into the history of a place through the lens of a specific topic. Download the app for free on iOS and Android to view the tours I wrote:

  • Lincoln’s Assassination
  • New York City Culinary
  • History of the Detroit Auto Industry
  • Los Angeles Culinary
  • Nashville Music History
  • Mississippi Civil Rights
  • San Francisco’s Alcatraz Prizon

For more on the 1000-plus sites I wrote up for the previous editions of the app, see this post.

Articles | History Here

For the past two years the majority of my writing work has been penning articles and overseeing project-wide editorial coverage for History Here, a mobile app—free on iOS and Android—that tells the vast and varied story of American history through paragraph descriptions linked to points on a map. It’s been quite a journey—one that was nominated for two Webby awards in 2013. (We lost out to Lego Super Heroes Movie Maker and Chefs Feed.)


This map, from the private KML database I kept during the project, tracks History Here’s coverage pipeline. Only the blue pins are visible for users of the app. Yellow, Green and Purple represent historic sites that I identified as worthy of eventual inclusion.

In early 2014 the powers that be at A+E Networks decided to put further development of History Here on hold for a while. The app and the database that powers it will live on, but it will be a little while before any of the to-be-written sites I’d flagged in my giant spreadsheet—nearly 6,000 of them—will be written up and pushed out to the app.

That said, currently there are more than 6,000 points of interest that app users can explore—of which I personally wrote up more than 1,000* and identified an additional 2,400 for assignment to other freelancers.

* That amounts to around 115,000 published words, not counting titles and lat/lon coordinates. That’s a little longer than Walden and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or about half an East of Eden.

Articles | Ancient History for History.com

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In 2012 I wrote a number of articles on ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern topics for The History Channel’s online encyclopedia at History.com.

The Greeks

Atlantis, The Trojan War, Thucydides, Pericles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle

The Romans

Augustus, Caligula, Cicero, Mark Antony, Nero

Egypt and the Near East

Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen, Hammurabi

Articles | European History for History.com

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I had quite a bit of fun writing these pieces on European topics for History.com — who wouldn’t like to summarize the Enlightenment in 800 words?

Henry V, Henry VIII, Mary I, John Locke, Frederick II, Otto von Bismarck, Galileo, The Reformation, and of course The Enlightenment.

Articles | American topics for History.com

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My American coverage for History.com’s online encyclopedia has provided an interesting range of big topics and interesting minor figures.

Topics include the Revolutionary battles of Princeton and Trenton, the likely-mythical Betsy Ross, Tocqueville, inventors Guglielmo Marconi and Nikola Tesla, black groundbreakers Barbara Jordan and Jesse Jackson, gangster Lucky Luciano, WWII pilot James Doolittle, and the cities of Las Vegas, New Orleans, and San Francisco.

Oh, and I wrote one more article that, while it certainly isn’t American, would be alone and isolated in its own regional post: ladies and gentlemen, Robert Mugabe.