Spatial Storytelling in the City of Syracuse

Authors: Garrett Boland*,
Topics: Cultural Geography
Keywords: community geography, storytelling, history, trails, Syracuse, urban
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Morningside cemetery and the adjacent Morningside neighborhood in Syracuse, NY,
contains a rich mosaic of historic places and monuments. The Morningside Cultural Trails explore this
mosaic through online and paper maps that display significant cultural items along their routes. The trail
system is the brainchild of Morningside community leaders and Syracuse Community Geography, who
worked together to document the history of the neighborhood through maps. This poster explores the
process undertaken by community leaders and Syracuse Community Geography to create these maps;
the community provided information on local history and culture while SCG spatially referenced places
of significance and mapped them. Spatial storytelling, when linked with community geography, can
create lasting positive impacts on local communities by fostering cultural appreciation and interest in
historic preservation through engaging mapping. As this poster explains, the Morningside Cultural Trails
project embodies this phenomena, and can be a model for future projects, especially in urban areas
such as Syracuse.

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