“Claiming Space” was produced through a participatory GIS (geographic information system) method between the Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project (NWGLHMP or “The History Project”) with Professor Michael Brown of UW and Professor Larry Knopp of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The NWGLHMP is a non-profit organization that researches, interprets and communicates the history of LGBT people in the Pacific Northwest for the purposes of study, education and enjoyment. Recognizing that the history of this vibrant community has been sparsely and inaccurately recorded, the History Project collects oral histories; locates photographs, ephemera, objects and documents; works with archives to insure the preservation of these materials; and creates public programs such as exhibits, publications and presentations. Drs. Brown and Knopp are geographers who research the relations between sexuality, space and place, and who volunteer with the organization.
The data for “Claiming Space” came from the History Project’s archives, oral histories, new research, and a smaller 1996 version of the map. The scholars worked with the NWGLHMP to create a flexible, expandable database of relevant sites. They then used the GIS to plot the venues and design a high-quality map to be used by members of the community, scholars, and local officials. This database will be a repository for future information, and it can be used to make thematic maps for specific interests.
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