How can digital mapping and an understanding of time help a historian in their research?
You might remember looking at a map or timeline in a high school history class. Today, digital maps and interactive timelines are widely available. Historians are learning how to conduct research and teach students using these valuable new tools.
Time and place can tell historians quite a bit about an artifact. Sometimes, the proximity of items to each other can reveal new information about a topic. You can make connections by how close two items are together and how close they existed in time.
Did you know that you can search RICHES Mosaic Interface™ by time and place?
The interface, created with Google Maps, is designed to allow users to choose a time range and a map section. Are you researching early Florida tourism? You might want to see all the primary sources in our collection from 1870-1920. Use this slider!
You can narrow your search by shortening the timeline just to include results from 1850-1901. Your search results could include an Orlando Opera House program from 1891.
Now that you have your item, you can also make connections by place and time. Click the “Connections” button.
Check it out! You can now see other items that relate to the program by time and place, as well as tags and topics!
Ready to start searching our database by time and place? Go to RICHES Mosaic Interface™ and begin your journey!