Geography of Chattanooga: Engaging Community with Place Using Story Maps

Authors: Nathan Collyer*, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Shannon McCarragher*, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Amy Brock-Hon, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Topics: Geography Education, Higher Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: geography education, community engagement, Chattanooga, ESRI story maps
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Chattanooga, Tennessee is known as the Scenic City. It has a captivating story steered by its landscape and natural resources, which have both contributed to its allure as a top destination for new residents and visitors, and as such, provides a unique interdisciplinary opportunity to promote Geography and Geology Education. The goals of this project were to research and share that story to build stronger connections between community and place, and in turn, increase civic engagement and encourage environmental sustainability through learning about and exploring the landscape and natural resources of the city. To begin achieving those goals, multiple web-based ESRI Story Maps were constructed, each containing a part of the rich history of Chattanooga framed by the geography and geology of a site of interest, specifically: An Old Stone Church, Stringer’s Ridge, and Cameron Hill. A fourth site, the Walnut Street Bridge, was added and is the focus of this presentation. The Walnut Street Bridge is the oldest landmark of its kind and is the literal link that brought a city together. As the project progressed, connections between all the sites were discovered and those links were woven throughout the project. The Story Maps were designed for a broad, interdisciplinary audience and can be experienced on any internet-accessible device, ideally while physically at the site of interest. The next steps for the project are to add a survey to all the Story Maps, launch publicly, and assess the effectiveness of the project at achieving its goals.

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