Rough Draft: Mapping Queer History

Hi all! I’ve published a rough draft of my mapping project, which should be available to view here. It seems that when you follow that link, it brings you to the most recent pin I’ve put on the map, which is the most recent event in 1990. If you zoom out, you’ll be able to see all 22 pins on the map. I’ve documented events that stood out to me from a timeline I got on wikipedia, and each description on the map leads to a website where I did further research on that event. The descriptions are pretty brief overviews of the event, and I’ve included a picture in as many as possible to make it more visually engaging. The pins are in chronological order from 1903 to 1990 (with the rest up to 2020 coming soon), but I haven’t quite figured out if there is a way to play through the pins so that you are experiencing them with the intended chronology.

Below, I’ve included a screenshot of the full map so far. At first glance, it seems like there aren’t many pins on the map, but this is because many of the major events in queer history happened in the same places. San Francisco, New York City, and surprisingly Washington, D.C. are the places with the most action. If you zoom in, you can see that there are pins throughout those cities. I’ve tried to put the pins not only in the city where the event happened, but in the specific location or general area/neighborhood where the event took place. For example, I’ve put Harvey Milk election and assassination on Castro Street in San Francisco because that is where his camera shop was located. For the first pride parade in New York City, I’ve pinned it in Central Park because they help a “gay-in” there after the parade. I’ve also located landmark court cases at the Supreme Court.

My map of queer history so far.

Besides getting my map up to date, moving toward the final product I want to try to make this more engaging. I like the way the descriptions are coming out, but I’d like to see if I can make the whole experience more colorful and inviting. It’s all a bit drab at this point. If anyone has any helpful pointers on StoryMaps, I would really appreciate it!

This is the description for the first lesbian club, Mona’s 440 Club.

Overall, I’m pretty content with how it’s turning out, and I’m learning a ton along the way. I hope my project can help others learn more about queer history as well! I’m excited to see what you guys think!

One Reply to “Rough Draft: Mapping Queer History”

  1. Hi Madi, I was able to get into your map and explore all the pins you’ve added. Overall it looks like this is working well. I think it’s great that you have pins showing up all over the country too. It’s nice to see how you’re map prompts thinking about Queer history as being something that exists across the country and not just in cities on the coasts.

    As you explore ways to make the map more engaging, you might want to look into the way that you can build out an over archiving narrative through time with the Story Map Journal Builder. That function would let you set a sequence of points over history that move throughout your map. As an example of this, you can look at what Carmen’s project looks like. There are also some guides to using the Journal Builder online.

    Overall, excited to see how this project is developing! Also great to hear that working with the tool is presenting a lot of opportunities to learn about and reflect on both the history you are working with and how to develop and build digital projects.

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