Cambridge, Maryland, 38.566389, -76.076944

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Over the years I have been involved in a number of educational and research projects relating to Cambridge, Maryland, 38.566389, -76.076944

The first project involved a close look at the visit of H. Rap Brown to Cambridge in 1967, the year Sallie and I came to Baltimore:

Is Baltimore Burning?, is a document packet for use in the schools that Mercer Neale and I developed and used in a teacher workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In time I hope to have the packet transferred to my server so that it will not be lost to the black hole of discarded virtual projects and remain useful for research and teaching.

Recently (2015) I have been helping a friend with illustrations for his book on the Eastern Shore (1865-1915)and have developed some e-publications of sources to assist in fact checking and mapping:

1) the 1910 census schedules for Dorchester County, Maryland

2) the Sanborn maps (Library of Congress deposit copies, from filming that MSA purchased) for Cambridge

One of the most complicated issues relates to the ward boundaries as they related to municipal elections. Prior to 1904 the boundaries were simply defined, but after 1904, as the city apparently sought to manage the black vote, where the ward lines actually ran for election purposes is not easy to discern. In the end I chose to use the maps produced for the census, 1910-1940, as my guide for the second ward.

Sc5339-13-1 0001 ward 2 final reduced.jpg

To begin a neighborhood study of Cambridge, combining the historical data of the census, tax records, etc., the first step is to bring as much of the historical mapping on to a GIS platform as possible (Google Earth works well) and interact with the data from there. For example the 1877 map of Cambridge does quite well superimposed on Google Earth:

1877 cambridge google earth image.jpg

See the Media:actual kmz file.

(2015/06/11 ecpclio)