Image courtesy of National Geographic Magazine Online.
National Geographic is bringing a new twist to the standard
“this day in history” lesson–maps.
“Map of the Day” highlights a pivotal historical event for
each day of the year, along with an interactive map. The maps are adapted from
an array of sources including the Society’s own annals, the Library of
Congress, and the National Archives. An engaging quiz question adds an
additional layer of fun–and mental stimulation–to each map and written
Today’s feature is sure to evoke a smile from every National
Geographic employee: a map of the star-dappled ceiling that graces the main
lobby of the historic Society headquarters. Over 700 individual bulbs illuminate an exact replica of the sky over Washington, D.C., on the night in January, 1888, when a group of 33 prominent scientists first
met to discuss the creation of a society for the “increase and diffusion of
We LOVE “Map of
the Day” for its application of the
geographic perspective to historical science. Of course, our colleagues in
academia have long known that the two are inextricably linked. So add this innovative tool to your bookmarks to start thinking
geographically about world events past and present. We hope you’ll make “Map of the Day” as habitual as your morning cup of coffee!
Tell Us: Check out the "Map of the Day" features to date and tell us which one is your favorite so far.
Sarah for My Wonderful World