Mapping Historical Places

Elizabeth Miron

Another week in Digital History and another new tool has been learned. This week we had a workshop with Don Lafreniere who taught us the basic of using ArcGIS and how this can be used for historical mapping. I have been familiar with GIS technology for a few years but honestly it never occurred to me that this could be used for anything other than contemporary maps and comparisons. However I learned this week that there is a whole field of historical GIS which opens up many new avenues of historical research!

Although the database of information had already been created for us (would have been way over my head for my first workshop), we did get to play around with the layering of maps on top of one another and georeferencing tools. I especially enjoyed latter, there was something oddly satisfying when you lined up your map perfectly in…

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