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America’s Great Cities, Before and After – Interactive Maps via Smithsonian Magazine

San Francisco Peninsula, c/o Wikimedia Commons

San Francisco Peninsula, c/o Wikimedia Commons

Smithsonian Magazine has recently uploaded a series of interactive maps that help Americans to explore the topography of various cities – comparing the way they once looked to the present day. Check out all of their maps here: America’s Great Cities, Before and After. A couple of my personal favorites:

What Did San Francisco look like in the mid 1800s? – The interactive map allows you to compare the mid 19th century city to the modern, sprawling urban center. Explore the expansion of the city by the bay!

Compare New York City 1836 to Today – This interactive map compares New York City of 1836 to the megalopolis of today. You can explore the evolution of city neighborhoods, the park system, and more.

Other maps include Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Denver. All of the maps are very cool, interactive, and allow an overlapping comparison of urban development in these regions.

Press Release: NEH Gilder Lehrman Seminar – Empire City: New York from 1877-2001

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Fort Worth teacher to Attend NEH Landmarks Workshop on New York and American Urban History at Columbia University 

Fort Worth, TX June 7, 2012 This summer, Trinity Valley School Teacher Jennifer Carey will travel to Columbia University in New York, NY, to attend a weeklong NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History entitled “Empire City: New York from 1877 to 2001.”

Led by renowned scholars Kenneth T. Jackson of Columbia University and Karen Markoe of SUNY Maritime College, seminar participants will include K–12 teachers who were selected by the Gilder Lehrman Institute in a competitive process.

Headed by historians Jackson and Markoe, and presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this workshop will explore key moments in the history of the United States. Using New York as a lens, the seminar will focus on the intersection of history and place in one tiny spot on the map with a major role in the history of our nation. In 1624, the Dutch West India Company set up a small trading post in a huge, sheltered harbor where three rivers met and several islands offered protection against potential enemies. Four hundred years later, this small settlement at the southern tip of the island of Manhattan has grown into the center of capitalism and the largest metropolis on earth. Including lectures, discussions, and field trips, the seminar will provide teaching strategies for attendees to bring back to their own classrooms.

In 2012, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will offer more than 1,000 educators the chance to study American history with leading historians at top institutions throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Each participant will work with primary source documents provided by professors and the Gilder Lehrman Collection, and in addition will receive reading materials, room and board, transportation for tours, and a travel stipend. Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 educators have participated in Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars, and most attendees rate the program as their best professional development experience.

More information about this seminar and the complete list of 2012 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars is available at www.gilderlehrman.org/teacherseminars.

About the Seminar Directors

Kenneth T. Jackson is the Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University.


Karen Markoe is Distinguished Professor of History and Chair of the Humanities Department at Maritime College, State University of New York.


About NEH Landmarks of American History: Workshops for School Teachers

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the federal government. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops provide the opportunity for K–12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture. These one-week programs give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence. Landmarks Workshops present the best scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of landmarks, enabling participants to gain a sense of the importance of historical places, to make connections between what they learn in the Workshop and what they teach, and to develop enhanced teaching or research materials.


About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features the more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection, www.gilderlehrman.org. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.


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