Publication Date

2015

Committee Chair

Fang Ren, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

Abstract

GIS as a discipline has a large potential for applications in the humanities as well as more scientific fields. By mapping historical events, we are able to place major moments from the past in a spatial context, gaining additional understanding and new insight as a result. One historical institution that had an interest in utilizing this potential is the Lincoln Memorial Shrine of Redlands, California. A museum specializing in the American Civil War and the life of Abraham Lincoln, the Shrine maintains a large archive of historical from the period documents such as correspondence. However, most visitors to the museum would be unable to view these artifacts as they need to be kept in a controlled environment. To address this problem, a Story Map web application was developed that digitized a variety of letters from a Union soldier while simultaneously accomplishing the Shrine’s objective of disseminating historical information by mapping the Vicksburg campaign, one of the major battles of the American Civil War. The result was a platform that allowed users to gain a more visual and spatial context for this information, as well as interact with it in new ways.

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