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Thursday, 30th September 2010

History: California: "Local History Mapped" Feature Added to Calisphere

Calisphere, a database of digitized primary resources about California history and culture from the University of California has added a new feature named, Local History Mapped.

From a California Digital Library (CDL) Announcement by Sherri Berger:

With Local History Mapped, users can explore their neighborhoods and beyond by browsing five maps of California, each on a different theme: civic buildings, disasters, transportation, city scenes, and everyday life. The images in the maps span all the major regions of California, from the coast to the Central Valley, the desert to the mountains. They show a variety of people, places, and events from the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries. All of the maps can be accessed directly from the Calisphere homepage.


One of the most fun and interesting ways to engage with Local History Mapped is to use the street view function to compare and contrast past images with the modern landscape. Some of the old buildings and structures are still standing, while other views and street scenes have changed dramatically. For example, the civic buildings map shows the State Capitol in Sacramento during its construction and as it looks today.

Local History Mapped uses Google Maps with Street View

+ Access the Complete Announcement

+ Learn More About Calisphere

+ Resources for Educators from Calisphere

+ OAC [Online Archive of California] and Calisphere: Local History Digital Resources (August, 2010)

Source: CDL

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