Visualizing Palestine is excited to share Palestinian Oral History Map, a new project that we have been developing for the past six months with the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA) at the American University of Beirut.
The project is a means to navigate the POHA oral history platform, which contains over one thousand hours of oral testimonies from Palestinians who lived through the Nakba, describing everyday life and culture in Palestine before 1948, as well as their experiences of displacement and exile.
The interactive map allows you to explore the testimonies based on the historic landmarks that they describe—from schools, hospitals, and factories to rivers, valleys, and mountains—and to see these in the context of detailed historic maps from the 1940s that Visualizing Palestine helped to make available through Palestine Open Maps (POM).
An important goal of this project was to demonstrate the potential for people to build interactive and immersive experiences with the historic maps and data that we have collected through POM. We are working on ways to make the maps more usable and more shareable over the coming months, so be sure to stay tuned!