U.S. National Park Service Joins Quist Mapping Initiative

Quist and the U.S. National Park Service have teamed up to make LGBTQ historic locations across the country more accessible.

One year ago, Quist launched the 2.0 version of their free mobile app that included a map feature for the first time. In addition to browsing over 1,000 LGBTQ historic events by date or keyword, users can now zoom around a Google-based map and see nearly 700 LGBTQ historic locations around the globe.

The National Park Service, who celebrates its centennial today, shared with Quist their database of over 700 U.S. sites they have identified as important to LGBTQ history through their LGBTQ Heritage Initiative.

Over the last year, Quist volunteers have been working on data entry to include all of those sites in the app’s map. The team, who is always seeking new members, has completed 28% of the task so far. Volunteers led by Desiree Alaniz and Sarah Prager include Ria Campbell, Sean Deneen, Andrea Hackl, Laura Poulton, Catherine Richards, and Mariah Rocker.

Identified historical locations include the oldest gay bar for a particular city, a city’s first site of a LGBT community center, the childhood homes of greats like Gertrude Stein and Pauli Murray, venues of important protests, sites of significant moments such as the Matthew Shepard murder, and battlefields where Two-Spirit American Indians defended their land.

Quist’s map also includes LGBTQ memorials, AIDS memorials, LGBTQ history-related museums, and LGBTQ- and AIDS-related archives. The feature interacts with other parts of the app to allow users to easily click to see more information about what happened at that location. With LGBTQ historic sites from countries besides the United States, the partnership with the NPS represents one facet of Quist’s initiative.

Anyone can contribute to the NPS’s new HistoryPin project or to Quist’s map.

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