Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Discovering Local Histories

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This workshop will get you oriented with the set of a powerful new research tools the Library has developed (available at that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to and capture important historical features from old maps. You will use the tools to explore the past lives of familiar areas and begin to build local histories.

Whether you are searching for a childhood home or a college town, there are literally thousands of maps to process. Once you learn to use the tools, you can do it anytime from school, work, the comfort of your home, and even teach others how to participate. This program will take place in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in South Court Classroom A. An online tutorial is available at

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
South Court Classrooms, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
The New York Public Library