Mapping Voices of North Carolina’s Past

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Mapping Voices of North Carolina’s Past is an interactive map featuring interviews with people throughout the history of North Carolina.

The Southern Oral History Program works to preserve the voices of the southern past by collecting interviews with people from all walks of life—from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States.

Determined to make the collection more easily accessible to people of all ages, members met with K-12 teachers to discover the best ways to get oral histories into the classroom. The resulting plan? An interactive map. But who could help them get this idea off the ground? Enter the Research Hub!

Research Hub library staff assisted the creation of the map using ArcGIS, a tool that allows different forms of media, such as audio files and photographs, to be linked at different points on a map. The map is now used in classrooms to teach students about the people that comprise North Carolina’s past.