The History Atlas is a deep pdf graphic file that engages researchers and the curious alike in their local history surroundings.
History Atlas of Saugerties Project
Local artist, Michael Sullivan Smith, brings details of Saugerties history to the forefront with a digital archive of historic maps, images, and narrative. The “History Atlas of Saugerties” is a series of interactive, interlinked maps covering periods of history from 1609 to the present. A link from a location on a map leads to expanded content of historic photos and information.
The atlas currently has over 300 computer-designed interpretive maps, over 700 digital copies of period surveys and maps, over 100 digitized period photos and historic documents, and over 50,000 words of an original history narrative, all interactive. It continues to grow from this foundation.
The project has been in the works for 22 years. In 1990, Michael wrote a weekly series in the local newspaper chronicling the history of Saugerties. Fifteen years later he was asked to help draft the Town’s Historic Preservation Ordinance and volunteered to do the location mapping and documentation for the town of Saugerties Historic Resources Survey of 2005. “That’s when the idea of creating a digital archive took hold”. Fine-tuning his “History Atlas” concept for the Lifespring Adult Learning Community moved it closer to the final stage. You can view the current version of the interactive ”History Atlas”, which has been installed in the History Room of the Saugerties Library as a free resource.
Michael has been continually adding to the “History Atlas”. To the current Town of Saugerties parcel map, all 1803 lot lines from the Kingston Commons division are marked. He recently added the Town’s 2005 survey and linked the locations of its buildings. He has also linked the Village’s survey for the National Register Historic District to the current Village parcel map.
Now Michael plans to add details covering the Industrial Revolution district, an undocumented area in the Village of Saugerties. You can view a video, which he created for public access Lighthouse TV on his blog page http://saugerties-on-hudson.blogspot.com/p/mills.html
You can help Michael with the “Atlas Project” by becoming a Kickstarter donor. In appreciation of your pledge, Michael will send you a choice of … a token from the 1994 Woodstock Festival (click here to see in a blog entry), an industrial period map of Saugerties (click here to see in a blog entry), a poster tracing Henry Hudson’s voyage up the Hudson River (as shown in the video above), a small signed original print (click here to see in a blog entry), or the installation of a complete History Atlas on your computer (click here to see in a blog entry).
This last reward kickstarts the method of funding History Atlas projects in the future. All donors to this Kickstarter project on all levels will be listed as supporters in this project's pages.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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11" x 17" copy of original 26" x 40" print that hung in the information booth during Woodstock '94 that promoted the history and heritage of the host community, Saugerties. + your name in this project's patron page in all public installations.Estimated delivery:
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Woodstock94 or Woodstock99 (please specify) printed dog tag. Go to "beta applications" page of the Strataprinter blog below to see. + your name in this project's patron page in all public installationsEstimated delivery:
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24" x 30" poster featured in the promotional video, created in 2008 to trace Henry Hudson's voyage up the Hudson River, as my argument for showing that events took place on Saugerties' shores. + your name in this project's patron page in all public installations.Estimated delivery:
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Personal installation of the complete Atlas in the donor's computer plus training on navagating the Atlas' interactivity; 8 gig free hard drive space required (limited to Saugerties area locations) + your name in this project's patron page in all public installations.Estimated delivery:
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Art print on my knotform blog (link listed below) + your name in this project's patron page in all public installations.Estimated delivery:
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Personal installation of a complete Atlas in the donor's computer, training, plus lead-in map graphics customized to point to the location of donor's residence or business; 8 gig free hard drive space required (limited to Saugerties area locations) + your name in this project's patron page in all public installations.Estimated delivery:
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