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City Historian Project Debuts

The City of Santa Fe's fourth historian, Valerie Rangel, has gathered thoughts and ideas from the community and created ArcGIS Storymaps, which serve as a tool to enhance learning and build more knowledge of our past. This digital learning tool reflects historical truths and uplifts our shared values. The public is invited to click open three Storymap links featured on the City of Santa Fe’s website, and browse online resources that include archival photos, historical essays, videos and maps.

One Storymap features “A People’s History,” highlights historically significant places within the city and surrounding area, while another Storymap focuses on, “Layers of Santa Fe,” which is an assembly of maps starting with environmental data, archival maps, interactive data maps, cultural perspectives, and links to other Storymaps.

Historical essays, written by the historian, on places have been archived in the digital repository of Santa Fe history, which will be maintained by the Santa Fe Library. The essays are accessible via hyperlinks embedded within the Storymaps.

A third Storymaps is a Teacher's Guide on how to utilize the Storymaps with added resources such as educational videos, K-12 lesson plans, question prompts for students and lists of resources for further information.

During the summer of 2022, the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department will also share a virtual interactive tool for younger generations which offers perspectives on history and place. The content is meant to spark important conversations about the values of our society and the future society we wish to create.

Online links to view the historical Storymaps of Santa Fe:

Share your experience of these new resources. What did you learn that was new or surprising?

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