Society Curator Earns Fulbright, Helps Finnish Museums Develop National Map Project

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Society Curator Earns Fulbright, Helps Finnish Museums Develop National Map Project

Lesley Kadish, the Minnesota Historical Society's GIS and digital map curator, has earned a prestigious Mid-Career Professional Development Fulbright Grant to fund work she will be doing in Finland. From September 2012 to February 2013, she will be in Helsinki helping to create the first national digital historic map project.

The project, funded in part by the Finnish National Board of Antiquities, is a collaboration between three major city museums (Espoo, Helsinki and Vantaa), the University of Helsinki and the Department for Media Technology at Metropolia University. Kadish will represent the Society on this distinguished team. She will help plan the geo-digitization of an extensive array of Capital Region maps and archives, and evaluate a design-savvy interface for exploring them.

Andrea Kajer, the Society's director of external relations said, "Not only does this award honor Lesley's strong leadership qualities and professional expertise, but it showcases the Society’s commitment to innovation."

During Kadish’s tenure at the Society she has advanced several innovative geospatial projects, including digitizing Minnesota’s original land survey field notes, constructing 3D digital models of Fort Snelling and doing data visualization of historic archives.

These map-based resources allow Minnesotans to "peel back" the rich layers of our past and see how important place is to history. The Finnish mapping project promises to be a fruitful partnership, uniting Kadish’s geospatial project expertise with the Finnish museums’ recognized achievements in digital design, technology and education.

About the Fulbright Grant

The purpose of the Fulbright Center grant program is to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of Finland and the United States by means of educational and cultural exchange, and to promote international cooperation for educational and cultural advancement.

The Fulbright Center is just one of several programs from more than 150 countries that participate in academic and professional career exchanges with the United States under the Fulbright moniker. The Fulbright Program, based on bi-lateral cultural exchange agreements, is the cornerstone of the United States government's international academic exchanges.