Saturday, September 12, 2009

What’s New With History?

Chris Brown ‘12

“The Historical Chestertown geography project is creating a Geographic Information System database for Chestertown. The project uses the historic Sanborn maps and census data to create interactive maps that highlight historic properties and allow the user to analyze demographic trends. The project georeferences the Sanborn Maps to current Chestertown GIS data. Access databases have been created to store the census data for the years 1900, 1910, and 1920. At this point in time I am working on linking the 1920 census data to the now georeferenced Sanborn maps. At the same time we have also started rebuilding the buildings in Google SketchUp in order to have a visual representation of what the town looks like today. The final project will be made freely available to members of the Chestertown community, the Kent County Historical Commission, as well as the Kent County Public Library and the Kent County School District.”