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More than directions – Maps as history

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Whether it is old-fashioned Rand-McNally maps or GPS on our car’s dashboard, most of us use maps to get from point A to point B as efficiently as possible.

DU history professor Susan Schulten shared with the Vail Symposium audience some of the many other ways maps have been used in American history: French maps that attempted to claim territory through cartography while at the same time containing their British adversary; Native American maps that depicted tribal strength and connections; and¬†Elmer Simms Campbell’s 1932 map of Harlem that provided social commentary along with the locations of Harlem’s best nightclubs.

A large crowd braved the elements to hear professor Schulten and her program was a great start to our winter season. More than 20 programs remain on a diverse range of topics. 

View Dr. Schulten’s slideshow here

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