We the People
GIS for History
Bringing Historical Census Data Alive!

This site gives history students and teachers the power of GIS to investigate critical moments in American history (for example, here's our Great Migration map). Each investigation provides an interactive GIS map for studying patterns in historical census data over a period of time, a collection of historical documents chosen to help put the data into historical context, and lesson plans created by teachers and university instructors. We hope that this site makes American history more accessible to history students of all ages. Please explore!

Planning to teach a class using GIS for History? Have an idea for a new curriculum unit using GIS for History? Please contact us!

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System Requirements

To view the maps and documents on this site:

  • Javascript needs to be enabled
  • Pop-up windows need to be allowed/enabled for this site (to view external documents)
  • You need to be using one of these supported browsers:
    • Windows: Internet Explorer 6+ or FireFox
    • Macintosh: FireFox or Safari
    • Other browsers: Your mileage may vary