Using GIS to study history

Posted on December 4th, 2012 by

As a historical geographer, Knowles has studied how the landscape affected the battle at Gettysburg. (Photo from the New York Public Library. No copyright restrictions.)

This month’s Smithsonian magazine features Dr. Anne Kelly Knowles, a geographer at Middlebury College who uses GIS to study historical events. She is a winner of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award.

Knowles became interested in geography later in life while working as an editor with a University of Chicago geography professor:  “I was blown away. Mapping history brought everything to ground and showed me how history resides in the landscape.”

Knowles’ work was also featured last year in this New York Times article.


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