Dr. Matt Young has started a long-term local history project called Digital Marietta, which combines the power of digital mapping with traditional historical research in primary source materials. Digital Marietta will be an online resource of interest to genealogists and historians alike, in that it will join historic maps of Marietta with census and other public records to allow users to do research on Marietta’s past. The searchable database could be used to reveal information on a particular place or person, or the aggregate data could be used to do sophisticated analysis of local social and economic history. This project grows out of two new minors championed by the History Department in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Public History.
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About the speaker: Matthew Young has been a member of the Marietta College History Department for the past twenty years, where he teaches several courses, including American Foreign Relations, World War II, Recent American History, and History and Film. He has always loved maps, and earned a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State in 2015 in order to develop a GIS minor at Marietta. Matt directs the minor and teaches Intermediate GIS and Historical GIS. In his spare time, he enjoys making maps (including a few for David McCullough’s recent publication, The Pioneers), and mountain-biking with his boys on trails around Marietta.