Recently, while at the 2013 Digital Commonwealth Conference, I learned about two great websites that use geospatial planning tools to create maps that share history and tell stories in visually compelling ways. Here's a little more information on each one. Each one of these tools harnesses the use of primary source archival materials and technology in new and exciting ways. Check out the links — they are pretty amazing!
Neatline is, "a geotemporal exhibit-builder that allows you to create beautiful, complex maps and narrative sequences from collections of archives
and artifacts, and to connect your maps and narratives with timelines that are more-than-usually sensitive to ambiguity and nuance." Neatline is a project of the Scholar's Lab at the University of Virginia Library.
You can see examples of Neatline's interactive maps in action on their website.
History Pin bills itself as a global community built around history. Individual people, groups, or organizations can take their photos and "pin" them to maps using behind the scene geo-referencing tools. This nonprofit's goal is to "liberate" photos from archives, families and attics from all around the world. You can search by topic, timeline, or location and even log in to add your own photos.
Visit the History Pin site for more information.