Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Indiana Women's History Map from Ball State University Libraries

Her Story:  Mapping Indiana Women’s History

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is creating custom maps about Indiana’s rich history to commemorate the state’s upcoming bicentennial celebration.  The custom maps are geared toward the fourth-grade Indiana history curriculum and feature numerous people and places often neglected in the elementary social studies textbook.

The newest map in the collection, Her Story: Indiana Women’s History, features prominent women pioneers of the state.  Little-known women’s rights advocates like Helen Gougar of Lafayette, Anna Dunn Noland of Logansport, and Amanda Way of Winchester are featured on the map.  The map also features pioneers in politics like Virginia Jenckes, the first female from Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Katie Hall, the author of the bill to make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday.  Women from sports, the arts, and education are also included.

Other maps in the series include a map of Indiana’s music history, a map showing movies that take place in Indiana, Indiana authors, high school boys’ state basketball champions, points of interest, Indiana political history, Native Americans of Indiana, Indiana automobile history, and Indiana sports history.

The maps include photographs from the Libraries’ Digital Media Repository and from the Indiana Historical Society.  The Indiana history maps are all available in the Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar repository.  The maps may be printed and used in the classroom or for research and learning projects.

For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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