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Tag: Digital History

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Revisited: A Geospatial Exploration of Tragedy

We banded ourselves together, moved by a sense of stricken guilt, to prevent this kind of disaster from ever happening again. Frances Perkins, witness to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, U.S. Secretary of Labor (1933-1945), and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. INTRODUCTION Can we use geospatial tools to explore the human condition and tragedy? The Triangle Shirtwaist…

Text Analysis with Historical Newspapers

As many cultural heritage institutions rush to digitize materials, hoping to fulfill their missions of providing widely, openly accessible collections, one of the odd quandaries researchers face is an overwhelming amount of certain kinds of information. Historical newspapers are top among those materials that have been digitized like mad. It makes sense, of course — these might be fragile items…

The Religious Landscape of New Orleans: Exploring the WPA’s Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations (1941)

Introduction Religion has played a prominent role in New Orleans life and culture since its French and Spanish colonial beginnings. Today, the city is home to a wide array of religious denominations including Catholicism, Judaism, and various forms of Protestantism. Each of these groups has a rich and interesting history. These histories, in turn, are interwoven with each other across…