Join us for the first Atlanta Studies Meet Up! These quarterly meetings will showcase 2 Atlanta focused projects and bring together a group of folks interested in our city. We will provide a few snacks. Buy your own drinks.
When: 6:30 on Thursday, February 7th
Where: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Avenue
Hannah Palmer will present a mapping project created from her research on places destroyed by Atlanta’s airport. Her book, “I’m From Here,” is about going home again, or what’s left of it. A work of creative nonfiction, the book combines memoir and investigative journalism to tell the story of her hometown, Mountain View, Georgia, and other erased places surrounding Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the “busiest airport in the world.” Many of the locations explored and documented in the book have been nearly erased from existence, so she created a map.
Michael Page and Randy Gue will present on a project at Emory’s Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) to create an application similar to Google Maps for Atlanta from the late 1920s through the early 1950s. Based on the 1928 city atlas, the tool will assign addresses and map all of the 250,000 building footprints in Atlanta and its environs in 1930. Users will ultimately be able to add layers and tag attributes to a series of addresses in the historic city. This combination of GIS technology and unique datasets will change the way Jim Crow Atlanta is studied by allowing researchers to visualize social changes over time.
Michael Page is the geospatial Librarian at Emory University, and Randy Gue is the Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections at Emory’s Manuscript Archive and Rare Book Library.
6:30 – Grab some snacks (we will provide a few) and order a drink (that’s on you)
7:00 – Presentations and Q&A
8:00 – Networking, chit chatting, order another drink
Organized by: Emory’s Digital Scholarship Commons and Georgia State University’s ATLmaps group.
The Atlanta Studies Network connects scholars, activists and residents with one another around a shared interest in Atlanta. It highlights projects and events around town and around the web that deepen our understanding of the social, cultural and historical fabric of the city. It also strives to incubate and facilitate collaborations between individuals and institutions.
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