Wednesday, November 21, 2007

GIS Exhibit on the History of the White River

Online GIS Exhibit on the History of the White River

An exhibit showcasing the history of the White River in Muncie entitled, “The Life of a River: A History of the White River in Muncie in Maps and Photographs,” is now available: Users can also access the exhibit through the main GRMC Web page under “GIS Special Resources:”

This exhibit was created by Angela Gibson, GIS Specialist, using a combination of historic maps from the Geospatial Resources & Map Collection, historic photographs from Archives and Special Collections and the latest GIS technologies available in the GRMC. The exhibit focuses on the changes that the river has experienced through time both culturally and physically. The GIS maps were created using a process known as geo-referencing (establishing the relationship between page coordinates on a planar map and known real-world coordinates) overlay and overlaying original historic maps from the GRMC with current GIS data to show the changing course of the river and the location of Delaware Indian settlements (above) and industries in relation to the current city geography.

The exhibit provides a remarkable resource for researchers, educators, and historians about the White River in east central Indiana. Contact Angela Gibson in the GRMC for more information about this exhibit and other GIS resources.

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