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 1890-1918. 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 video introduction she produced highlights some of technical challenges we faced and some of the innovations in what we produced. We are continuing to work to extend the map’s time and geographical coverage, as well as to add additional functionality for descendants looking to trace their family.