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The History and Future of Pennsylvania’s Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps

Authors: Marianne Black*, Pennsylvania State University
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Cultural Geography
Keywords: Literary Mapping, ArcGIS, Pennsylvania
Session Type: Poster
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In the 1950s, literary maps, often produced by associations of English teachers, emerged as a popular curricular tool to help students learn how geography informs both literature and history. In 2000, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book (PACFTB) developed one of the first interactive online literary maps, a revolutionary feat for the time. Since then, a tremendous amount of data has been added to PA Literary and Cultural Heritage Map, and overcrowding has necessitated its movement to a new online platform. Using ArcGIS StoryMaps, a new edition of literary, cultural, and feature maps has been produced by the PACFTB. These maps were developed using the Shortlist, Time Aware, Series, and Basic StoryMap applications.The final map products are featured on the PACFTB website, and serve as valuable educational resources on Pennsylvania’s literary culture and heritage.

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