Do you wish to explore further the abilities of using maps to
illustrate Colorado's historical geography? The GIS (Geographic Information Systems) database
that this project uses is free for educational and non-commercial use. A CD
is available that contains: (1) a GIS database
with more than 80 map layers; (2) free versions of ArcExplorer for PC and Mac; (3)
selected mapping activities found on this
website in ArcExplorer format, together with student worksheets and conceptual
overviews; and (4) all software installation instructions.
In ArcExplorer you can make
maps combining layers as you wish, change map categories or legend colors
and labels, and generally perform more functions. If you have another GIS
software package (such as ArcView or ArcGIS), this database will work with it. Files are in ESRI shapefile format.
In addition to the CD you can download the .axl project files and GIS database
order a free copy of the CD, send an email to: email@example.com
About the Project
Funding for Colorado's
Geography: Mapping Our Past was provided through a grant from the National
Geographic Society's Colorado Geography Education Fund, with some matching funds
from UNC's Hewit Institute for History and Social Science Education.
The project's concept began in
early 2002 in conversations between Phil Klein (Department of Geography, UNC)
and Jim Giese (Hewit Institute). As director of the Doing History/Keeping the
Past project, Dr. Giese had led numerous workshops informing Colorado
teachers about that instructional resource. Many teachers said that maps
showing Colorado's historical geography would be a valuable complement to the
primary source material found on the Doing History website.
Giese and Klein received a planning grant from the Colorado Geography Education
Fund to convene an Advisory Board of teachers and scholars to further develop
this idea. The Advisory Board met in late 2002 and conceived the notion of
creating interactive historical maps using an Internet GIS map-server.
Dave Diggs, also of UNC's Department of Geography, joined the grant to provide
the GIS expertise.
This new project idea was
funded by the Colorado Geography Education Fund and Hewit Institute in
2003. Creation of the GIS database began that summer; development and
refinement of the activities and maps continued through 2004.
trials and teacher reviews of the activities were done in Fall 2004. Ongoing research is
planned regarding the effectiveness of teaching historical geography through
interactive GIS mapping activities.
Dr. David Diggs
Dr. Charles Collins
Downey Dr. James
Giese Judy Hansen
Michele Rodriguez Alexis Rubin
Lorrie Stockwell Sandy
and Conceptual Overviews
Dr. David Diggs Kim
Internet Map Programming
Website Development and Consulting
Sandoval Dr. James Giese
410 and Geography 412
Early drafts of many
activities were developed in two classes at UNC, GEOG 410 (Teaching Geography) and
GEOG 412 (Advanced Cartography), during the Spring 2004 Semester. Our thanks to the students:
Michael Beckwith Victoria Bosworth
Tom Cirillo Niko Cordalis
Lisa Donkin Matt Hanson
Jennifer Jorschumb David
Lamb Michael Oyler
Meghan McNamara Rachel
Thomas Mike Vasa
Welch Brendan Willits
Administration and Assistance
Linn Sandy Winkler
1872 Map Credit
The Colorado map in the upper left of
the Home page is used with permission by Pam Rietsch and is part of the MARDOS
Memorial Library at www.MemorialLibrary.com
This particular map and others can be found at: www.memoriallibrary.com/MAP/1872West/
We welcome your comments.
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