Use maps to tell a story is a perhaps the most basic and in some ways compelling example of data visualization. This idea shaped the development of the Trinity project back in 2013. I designed this critical making project for students in my urban research class to create maps based on primary sources collected for the final research paper. I intended this to act as digital companion project to the final written paper. I replaced a rough draft with this project with the intention that the digital project would act as a parallel narrative structure based on the primary source. Completing the map required information fluency, critical thinking, knowledge integration, and spatial awareness as they organized the primary sources. I continue to refine the idea of mapping as a tool for historical engagement. You can see the good, bad, and the all too ugly result on this page. It is a learning process for me, but these efforts inform a stronger classroom experience.
I'm working on a walking tour of Harlem for an upcoming summer immersion trip. I'm creating some resources to let participants explore the city on their own. This map provides a walking tour that is focused on the historic African-American narrative linked to the city.