Mapping the Terrain of History

Center for the History of Cartography Programs
Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

presented by Anne Knowles

Digital methods are enabling mapping on a whole new scale. This talk presents examples of using GIS (geographic information systems) to reconstruct and study past landscapes from the battlefield at Gettysburg to the Holocaust. Historical maps and plans are often key to making digital scholarship possible. Knowles will also explain how the process of creating digital databases and many-layered digital maps can generate new historical questions while contextualizing historical events.

Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm