History on The Move

GWU Students Provide Details for Locations on Mobile History App

Clio App

Why is the boiling spring only a trickle? Who was E.B. Hamrick? Who are the famous people buried in Sunset Cemetery in Shelby, N.C. The answers can be found on a website and mobile app known as Clio, and the information was written by Dr. Timothy Vanderburg’s advanced history students at Gardner-Webb University.

Named after the Greek muse of history, Clio was created by a history professor at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. Like apps that help you find a restaurant or other service, Clio provides users information about historical sites near their location and a map with directions. Details about the locations are submitted by educators, students, museum professionals, local historians and other experts. The free app is administered by a non-profit foundation and has information about over 32,000 historical sites across the country.

Vanderburg met the app’s creator at The Southern Historical Association Conference a few years ago. He decided to include researching and writing entries for the app as an assignment in his advanced history courses. Since starting the project in 2017, Vanderburg’s students have written about several places of interest in Cleveland County, N.C., and other areas across the South near their hometowns.

At the end of each entry, the author is listed. McKenzie Auten, a sophomore history major from Cherryville, N.C., said it was awesome to see her name on the article she wrote about the C. Grier Beam Truck Museum in her hometown. This semester, she’s working on one about the Gaston County Museum in Dallas, N.C. “It’s cool to be able to show people the history of your town,” Auten said. “I am able to show potential employers that I am capable of finding information and writing about it.”

Search for the Clio app in the App Store or on Google Play.