Wednesday, August 7, 2013

History in the Making

     When Jackelyn Gitlin, first came to Washington College she did not know anything about GIS. However, she had a few friends who worked at the Lab, and their positive experiences prompted her to respond to an e-mail calling for interns with experience working with Photoshop. Since then, this history major and co-President of the Washington College Historical Society has had the opportunity to work with local organizations pursuing her passion for history.

      Jackelyn has worked with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum of St. Michaels, where she used Photoshop to clean up a cracked and stained map from the 1880’s. She says that the image editing software allowed her to “bring the map back to life.” She has also used Photoshop to colorize old photographs of Chestertown from 1927, and photographs of the Washington College campus from the 1960’s. Right now she is colorizing an old sketch of Baltimore.

     She has worked on other programs as well, such as Unity software, which she used while working on the Eastern Correctional Institution project. For this project she painted new texture tiles in Photoshop, and then used Unity to create a new base image, which gave the Eastern Correctional Institution project team a more clear and easy to use base map for their 3D models.

     Jackelyn says that her experience at the Lab has helped develop her personal life as well as her education. She has made friends while working at the lab, and has gotten along especially well with another member of the team, with whom she collaborated on the Fly Aloft project. She says that her experience at the Lab has been “incredibly fun,” and she feels that the skills she has learned here will eventually help her pursue a career in teaching and public history, having given her a wide range of experiences with different types of work in the field of history such as the digital restoration of maps.

- By: Dana Case

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