Homestead Hebrew Maps

Using historical city directories and Sanborn maps, this amazing map visualizes the changing residential patterns of the Jewish community in Homestead from 1890-1945. It is the only way you can explore the streets where the community began; the neighborhood was demolished in 1941 to expand the steel mill… which was demolished in the 1990s to build a the Waterfront shopping mall.

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This project was a collaborative effort between myself and Lauren Winkler, a GIS specialist. This recording of a talk we gave at the 2019 annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society highlights some of technical challenges we faced and some of the innovations in what we produced.  Please take a look!

(Slides available here.)