History Map Collection Featured
at UNH's Fifth Annual GIS Day
Contact: David Sims
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
November 10, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. -- If you're an enthusiast of geography, geology, cartography
and old maps, this year's Geographical Information System (GIS)
Day at the University of New Hampshire will have plenty to offer.
This year's GIS Day will feature a
collection of historic New Hampshire maps, as well as a large
selection of major U.S. city maps, world maps and Civil War
era maps, from the Library of Congress.
The Fifth Annual Geo-Spatial Science Conference and College Fair
(GIS Day 2003) takes place Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at the Institute
for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) in Morse Hall on
the Durham campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome for
the afternoon session beginning at 2 p.m.
This year's featured attraction is a collection of historic New
Hampshire maps from the Library of Congress. The collection of antique
reproductions includes more than 40 circa 1890 panoramic maps of
cities and towns throughout the state ú- from Alton to Wolfeboro
- a large selection of major U.S. city maps, world maps and Civil
War era maps.
Hosted by the New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium and the Institute's
Complex Systems Research Center (CSRC), GIS Day is an event focused
on educating professionals, students and the public about geo-spatial
science technologies -- such as computerized mapping and “remote
sensing” of the earth's surface with satellite imagery --
and promoting career and educational opportunities within the field.
Attendees will be given the opportunity to tour CSRC's state-of-the-art
GIS and remote sensing laboratory and visit dozens of displays from
professional companies, organizations and colleges from within the
Simply put, GIS combines layers of information about a place to
give you a better understanding of that landscape. What layers of
information you combine depends on your purpose - analyzing environmental
damage, finding the best location for a new store, viewing similar
crimes in a city to detect a pattern, and so on.
GIS Day is a day set aside during National Geography Awareness
Week for geo-spatial science professionals to reach out and educate
people of all ages about the important contributions that geo-spatial
science related technologies make in our lives. Invited guests to
this year's GIS Day conference include hundreds of high school juniors
and seniors and home schooled students from around the state from
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and geo-spatial science professionals, university
level students and the general public during the open sessions from
2 to 5 p.m.
The Library of Congress Historic Map Collection on display at this
year's GIS Day is a subset of the full Library of Congress collection
with a focus on New Hampshire maps. These maps record the evolution
of these cities and towns by illustrating the development and nature
of economic activities, educational and religious facilities, parks,
street patterns and widths, and transportation systems.
A full listing of all New Hampshire city and town maps from this
year's exhibition, as well as further information on GIS Day, can
be viewed at http://gisday.sr.unh.edu.
For further information, call at 603-862-1792.