A geographic information system (GIS) is a powerful tool for understanding geography, enhancing the decision-making process, and managing resources. GIS is used for research, for management, and in the classroom at St. Norbert College.
The St. Norbert College GIS Map Gallery
The St. Norbert College GIS Map Gallery is a collection of local maps, story maps, ‘map apps’, and map resources that were created by students, instructors, and local professionals using several GIS & mapping technologies including ArcGIS Online, Google Maps, Google Street View, ArcGIS Desktop, Adobe Illustrator, and QGIS.
In the past, it was common for GIS software to be expensive, difficult to use, and disconnected. GIS was a realm for GIS professionals only. Now the trend in the GIS industry is integrating simple, easy-to-use, cloud-based, and collaborative GIS functionality into existing workflows at a much lower cost.
Story maps combine maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content and make it easy to use the power of geography to tell a story.
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In her autobiographical narrative, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), Harriet Jacobs describes her enslavement in Edenton, North Carolina, her escape from slavery, and her life as a fugitive slave in the North. At the end of her book, Jacobs writes: "The dream of my life is not yet realized. I do not sit with my children in a home of my own. I still long for a hearthstone of my own, however humble" (Jacobs/Yellin 259). Throughout her narrative, Jacobs makes it clear that she could only find a home when she was free from enslavement, but even after she escaped to the North, Jacobs faced many obstacles in her search for a place where she could live with her two children. This map traces Jacobs' search for a home, both while she was enslaved and after her enslavement.
Jordan A. Mayer, Jason Mills, and David Hunnicut
St. Norbert College as Arboretum: Mapping the Trees on Campus - Take a virtual tour of the trees on campus.
The tour is a multimedia ArcGIS Online story map and is available here.
Many of the trees on the St. Norbert Campus were planted by Fr. Anselm Keefe (1895- 1974) in the mid 20th century. It was Fr. Keefe’s vision to beautify the campus by creating gardens that were accessible to the public. This included planting a diverse variety of trees, including one of every tree species native to Wisconsin. It was Keefe’s mission to make St. Norbert College an arboretum; a public garden where people could come and enjoy a diverse range of trees and other plants.
St. Norbert College Reflection and Sacred Spaces Tour - Take a virtual tour of the reflection and sacred spaces on campus
The Tour is a multimedia ArcGIS Online story map and is available here.