Making History Visible

Exploring the past with maps, tours, and adventures

Two women reading at a large table.Ups and Downs

In 2016 members of the University of Vermont’s Computational Story Lab quantified the “complex emotional trajectories” of 1,327 classic works by tracking the frequency of words classified as happy (including joy, love, and peace) or unhappy (including hate, shame, and death). The results from the researchers’ so-called hedonometer show the relative rise and fall of positive and negative emotions in books available on Project Gutenberg.

 

A map of Brooklyn from 1846.Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn

A virtual tour from the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

 

 

 

 

A colorful early modern map of the straits of GibraltarFirst You Make the Maps

How cartography made early modern global trade possible.

 

 

 

 

A photograph of Harriet Jacobs, seated in a chair, smilingIncidents in the Life of Harriet Jacobs

A virtual tour of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

 

 

 

 

A painting of Odysseus tied to the mast of his ships, surrounded by sirens, women with the bodies of birdsThe Geography of the Odyssey

The Odyssey, if you strip away enough allegory and myth, might serve as a travel guide for the Aegean Sea: which islands to avoid if you hate escape rooms, which cruises to skip if you always forget to pack earplugs, where to get that beef that angers the gods. But how does Odysseus’ trek across the wine-dark sea map onto an actual map of the Mediterranean?

 

An eighteenth-century line chart.The History of the Infographic

Part One: The Visual Expression of Ideas

Part Two: Maps and Other Depictions of Space

Part Three: Charts, Graphs, and the Visualization of Data

 

a map of history museums in Charleston, SCPublic History

A map of history museums and historical societies in the United States.

 

 

 

Two women reading at a large table.Ups and Downs

In 2016 members of the University of Vermont’s Computational Story Lab quantified the “complex emotional trajectories” of 1,327 classic works by tracking the frequency of words classified as happy (including joy, love, and peace) or unhappy (including hate, shame, and death). The results from the researchers’ so-called hedonometer show the relative rise and fall of positive and negative emotions in books available on Project Gutenberg.

 

A painting of Odysseus tied to the mast of his ships, surrounded by sirens, women with the bodies of birdsThe Geography of the Odyssey

The Odyssey, if you strip away enough allegory and myth, might serve as a travel guide for the Aegean Sea: which islands to avoid if you hate escape rooms, which cruises to skip if you always forget to pack earplugs, where to get that beef that angers the gods. But how does Odysseus’ trek across the wine-dark sea map onto an actual map of the Mediterranean?

 

An eighteenth-century line chart.The History of the Infographic

Part One: The Visual Expression of Ideas

Part Two: Maps and Other Depictions of Space

Part Three: Charts, Graphs, and the Visualization of Data

A map of Brooklyn from 1846.Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn

A virtual tour from the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

 

 

 

 

A photograph of Harriet Jacobs, seated in a chair, smilingIncidents in the Life of Harriet Jacobs

A virtual tour of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

 

 

 

A colorful early modern map of the straits of GibraltarFirst You Make the Maps

How cartography made early modern global trade possible.

 

 

 

 

a map of history museums in Charleston, SCPublic History

A map of history museums and historical societies in the United States.