Preserving history with equal parts passion, technology, and cooperation.
Preserving Our History Through Virtual Reality.
Our entire project was started by Kyle Scharf after he added Matterport technology to his business ProLocal in 2018. Kyle received his BA in anthropology with a focus primarily in archaeology and historic preservation. As a professional photographer since 2005, he originally hoped to document culture and archaeological stories for magazines and newspapers. That never happened, and he never got his dream job curating a museum either. Instead, he continued working as a photographer shooting various things, eventually landing primarily in the real estate industry. Finally, Kyle decided to do what he’d always done and build for himself what he couldn’t find in the world and he started Preserving Spaces with his childhood best friend, Zac.
After years struggling to create something he was passionate about, Kyle finally landed on Preserving Spaces. His love for photography, technology, podcasts and historic preservation never quite found a common link. His photography projects were fun, but not always personally fulfilling. Using resources from his business, Kyle founded Preserving Spaces to scan local heritage sites. He partnered with his best friend Zac to co-host the podcast and together they work to build the project.
Each site gets to use the content on their website and we archive them all here. In the end, we hope to create a massive library of historic sites and oral history that anyone can visit any time from their computer, smartphone, or tablet.
We want to inspire passion and love for historic sites across the country. We want to foster efforts to further preserve sites. We want to document them before they’re gone, damaged, or altered for new use. We want to make it so anyone anywhere can visit, regardless of physical limitations like time, ability, access, etc. It’s our goal to create the same love and passion for history and our past that we have. With any luck, people young and old will learn something new about the past. At the end of the day, we want people to take a profound interest in the past so we can shape a brighter future.