New crowd-sourced project to identify places across the US that matter to diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

APIAHiP's New Project Invites Asian & Pacific Islander Americans to Map Their Histories

Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) announces a new crowd-sourced project to identify places across the US that matter to diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

East at Main Street allows individuals and organizations to post historic and contemporary photos, video and text that will be accessible on computers and as a mobile smart phone app. Project co-director, Michelle Magalong, says “this is an exciting effort that engages community members, organizations, archives and libraries. They can add content and share their own memories, images, and related items associated with important places for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans on the East at Main Street map.” Customized tours and slideshows can be created to highlight specific themes, such as Filipino American sites, or historic resources associated with religious traditions.

This project is especially timely because the National Park Service announced a new initiative about Asian American Pacific Islander history last year. East at Main Street project co-director, Donna Graves, states “The current estimate of sites on the National Register of Historic Places reflecting the histories of people of color is less than five per cent, and Asian Americans make up a tiny portion of that very small number. APIAHiP’s mapping project offers the National Park Service a wealth of community-based knowledge to their process.”

Developed in collaboration with the location-driven web platform, Historypin, East at Main Street will result in new information about places that matter to Asian Pacific Islander Americans and can be used to develop landmark designations, interpretive and educational projects, public programs, travel itineraries and more. “Raising awareness of these places will assist their preservation for the future,” states Graves.

Public workshops and webinars will assist community members in utilizing the map.

East at Main Street received support from the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology and the National Trust for Historic PreservationAsian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) is a national network of preservationists, historians, planners, and advocates focused on historic and cultural preservation in Asian & Pacific Islander American communities. 

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