NYPL releases 20.000 historical maps as public domain | OpenGLAM

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20,000+ historical maps made available online by @nypl, hi-res & free from restrictions http://t.co/95aWypq5AF http://t.co/pyyLHIyhFY

Luigi Cappel‘s insight:

I can hear people saying so what, already, but stop and think for a minute. How popular is genealogy? Wouldn’t you like to see what the places looked like geographically against your family tree? I think that would be fascinating.

 

It’s interesting how important family ancestry and the land they lived in is to indigenous people (and not just because of land grievances). They appreciate history and their roots. I do to. I think it would be awesome to be able to visualize what the towns, cities and islands my ancestors lived in.

 

Do you trace your family’s history? Do you know the history of the places you have lived in most of your life? Do you know what the place where your home is looked like 50 or a 100 or 300 year’s ago? What was life like? How did people get around? What amenities were available? Who owned the land?

 

The people who look after and curate old photos, paintings and images, maps, are special people. These weren’t ‘t digital documents, people had to care for them, protect them from the natural corrosive atmosphere, or restore them. That’s done out of passion, not as a job.

 

I am grateful for people like that.

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About Luigi Cappel

Writer for hire, marketing consultant specialising in Location Based Services. Futurist and Public Speaker Auckland, New Zealand
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