Primary Source Sets: Bird’s Eye Maps - Transcript

Hello, teachers. My name is Jessica Ellison, and I'm with the teacher education team at the Minnesota Historical Society. And I'm here to share some great resources with you that live on our website. And this one in particular goes out to our Northern Lights teachers. We have a great set of Birdseye maps on our website. And so I was flipping through Northern Lights to see if there's any Birdseye maps already and there is one of Hallock, but there's a lot more room for more Birdseye maps in your instruction.

And so if you go on the website and take a look at the maps, you'll find that there are maps from all different cities across Minnesota. So if you're talking about the US Dakota War of 1862, you can pull up the Birdseye map from New Ulm, which was actually created just eight years after the war. That might provide some really great perspective.

Or let's say you're talking about Duluth. You can pull up the map from Duluth on the website and get a better idea of what the city on Lake Superior looks like. There's a lot of other birds eye maps in the set as well that you can connect to different places in Northern Lights or you can send your students to the Library of Congress website to find even more Birdseye maps of different parts of Minnesota.

Make sure you check out the lesson that's connected to this map collection on our website and all the other great resources we have for teachers.


Meghan Davisson, grant director

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