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Mapping the African American Past

Partner(s): - Teachers College, Creative Curriculum Initiatives, Hofstra University

Mapping the African American Past (MAAP) is a public website created to enhance the appreciation and study of significant sites and moments in the history of African Americans in New York from the early 17th-century through the recent past. The website is a geographic learning environment, enabling students, teachers, and visitors to browse a multitude of locations in New York and read encyclopedic profiles of historical people and events associated with these locations. The site is further enhanced by selected film and music clips; digitized photographs, documents, and maps from Columbia University's libraries; and commentary from Columbia faculty and other specialists.

Project partners at Teachers College have devised model lessons that have been published in an instructors' resource section of the MAAP website, offering educators across New York State purposive strategies for incorporating the project's multimedia material into various curricula. Teachers College graduate students will also use MAAP to practice effective curriculum-building in a multimedia environment. Additionally, in February 2010, the Center for Public Archaeology at Hofstra University contributed to MAAP by providing 10 new place profiles of historic locations on Long Island, such as the Booker T. Washington House and the Eastville Community.

This project was developed by CCNMTL in partnership with Columbia University's Teachers College and Curriculum Concepts International (CCI) and funded with generous support of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Access: Public
Released: February 2008
Status: Active

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