Clio is an educational website and mobile application that guides the public to thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States. Built by scholars for public benefit, each entry includes a concise summary and useful information about a historical site, museum, monument, landmark, or other site of cultural or historical significance. In addition, “time capsule” entries allow users to learn about historical events that occurred around them. Each entry offers turn-by-turn directions as well as links to relevant books, articles, videos, primary sources, and credible websites.
Clio offers a compelling intellectual challenge as professional historians work with local history experts to create and vet entries in an open digital environment. Ambitious in scope, Clio allows scholars and their students to publish humanities scholarship using an innovative digital format that will instantly reach a broad audience in ways that cannot be replicated by traditional forms of publishing. We believe that there is something powerful that occurs when our sense of the past connects with our sense of place. We hope that you will use Clio to connect with the history and culture that surrounds you.
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As a nonprofit, Clio depends upon the generosity of its supporters. There are lots of ways that you can help us connect more people to history and culture:
Consider making a donation. Donations provide stipends for editors and support improvements to the content and functionality of our website and mobile application.
Work with your local historical society or other organization to create and improve Clio entries. Clio will always be free, and all entries are published under a Creative Commons license that acknowledges the contributor.
Work with students to create Clio entries. Clio offers free accounts for institutions and instructors that make it easy to review and publish draft entries from your students.
Enjoy Clio? Please tell others. Offer a review of our free mobile app in Google Play or the Apple App Store. Review us on Facebook and share Clio using email or social media. Please consider adding links to Clio on your homepage and share Clio with bloggers, journalists, and others who might share our story.
If you have any questions or would like to support our efforts in some other manner, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.