Programs and activities for university-level teachers and students
Course topics which may relate to our collections strengths include historical geography, environmental history, urban history and urban studies, the history of science, American studies, local and regional history of Boston and New England, GIS and geospatial techniques, critical cartography, digital humanities, and other related themes.
The LMEC curatorial and library team welcomes university classes to “visit” our collections and exhibition remotely. We offer broad overview lessons on historical geography, critical cartography, and research in the map collections, as well as thematically-focused discussions of object groups. We also offer instruction in digital methods for geography and cartography.
To schedule a remote visit or talk, please fill out this form:
For more information or to request a discussion about how to bring the Map Center’s resources into your digital classroom, please contact the Curator.
LMEC encourages and supports student projects that engage with our digital materials to produce new interpretive frames around the collection.
For courses where technical training is not the primary earning objective, we offer highly-scaffolded assignments involving pre-built tools such as the Annotated Map Story generator (see examples on the Mashpee Wampanoag or the construction of the Tremont Street Subway) or the MapWarper georeferencer.
For courses where students are expected to work with more sophisticated digital and technical skills, we offer numerous resources, from IIIF image API endpoints to interactive maps built in OpenLayers, Leaflet, or Mapbox.
Contact the Curator to discuss possibilities for collaboration on student digital humanities projects.