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German Traces NYC – Guest Post by Jill Goldstein

German Traces NYC is an exciting new web project designed to reveal the German influence in New York City from 1840-1945. A mobile website guides you through locations in the city where, via podcasts and augmented reality, German traces are brought to life. German Traces NYC is designed to be a learning experience that investigates German cultural heritage in New York City. Using historical photographs and multimedia narratives, the history of the city’s German immigrants is brought to life. All content is published under a Creative Commons license.

German Traces NYC is the very first application of the GeoStoryteller platform, an open source platform that combines elements of Internet pages, mobile website, podcasts and augmented reality.

The project is a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut New York and Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science. The Goethe-Institut, the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide, promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. Additionally, it also fosters knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics. Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science (SILS), builds upon Pratt Institute’s reputation as a world-renowned school of art and architecture. SILS encourages students to reinvent the role of libraries through the field of Cultural Informatics.

Join us on December 2 at 6pm at the Goethe-Institut New York, 72 Spring Street, 11th floor, for the launch of German Traces. Please rsvp by November 29 to For more information on “German Traces NYC” please contact: Brigitte Doellgast, Library Director, Goethe-Institut New York, tel: 212.439.8700, e-mail or Jill Goldstein, Assistant for Marketing “German Traces NYC”, tel: 917.750.3502, email:

Jill Goldstein is the Assistant for Marketing and fellow Pratt alum.

We welcome guest posts. Contact us for more info. 


2 responses to “German Traces NYC – Guest Post by Jill Goldstein

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