If enacted, the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, its official name, will be Rhode Island’s first national park.
The state currently has a national memorial, which marks the settlement of Providence founded by Roger Williams, at the foot of College Hill; a national historical site, Touro Synagogue, in Newport; and a national historic trail, the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route that travels through nine states, including Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia.
“The Blackstone Valley is a national treasure that deserves to be preserved,” Reed said in a news release. “It is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and includes thousands of acres of beautiful, undeveloped land, and waterways that are home to diverse wildlife, cultural sites, and numerous recreational opportunities for Rhode Islanders.”
“Summer 2014 brought a sight that had not been seen since 1941: the Charles W. Morgan leaving the Mystic River for the Atlantic Ocean, stopping at several New England harbors before eventually arriving in New Bedford, Massachusetts where the ship was built in 1841. The Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining wooden whaling ship in the world, and a National Historic Landmark.”
Only two countries today are stilling whaling (Japan and Norway), but the whaling industry was a critical component to the settling of New England. Check out this Maps 101 podcast for short introduction to the historical geography of New England whaling.
Tags: podcast, Maps 101, historical, biogeography.
We are very pleased to announce that our Alliance Coordinator, Seth Dixon, will now be blogging for National Geographic Education. Here is the link to his first post on the geography of Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving has some fascinating spatial, historical and cultural components to it…here are some of my favorite teaching resources for Thanksgiving.”
The Providence Journal featured this video recently. As stated in the article, “PVD Aerial Productions is a local production company that uses drones – better known in the industry as ‘quad-copters’ – to film and shoot land and cityscapes in Providence and surrounding towns.
PVD Aerial’s use of piloted quad-copters creates amazing footage for the viewer and captures what the average photographer cannot; shots at eye-level with structural bridges, looking down at the Battleship Cove, and even soaring above the Rhode Island Statehouse create an immersive viewing experience.”
We are pleased to announce an exciting professional development opportunity for both this upcoming Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 16-22) and GIS Day (Nov 19). This year’s Geography Awareness Week has the theme of “The Future of Food.” Given that the global population predictions have recently been revised upward to reach 11 billion, the geography of food becomes all the more critical. We will have speakers and presenters sharing a variety of perspectives on the geography of food, local food issues, GIS, Google Earth resources, and other topics to celebrate Geography Awareness Week. We’ll have a big announcement about Rhode Island lesson plans, some pizza to munch on, and as a special bonus for Geography Awareness Week, the Alliance would like to donate a class set of reversible world maps (see below) for all Alliance members who attend this event. Come join us and reserve your class set of maps! RSVP by sending an email to email@example.com with the subject title “GAWeek event.”
WHEN: Nov. 19th, 4pm.
WHERE: RIC, Whipple Hall rooms 105 and 106 (Directions)
In anticipation of this month’s (Nov 16-22) Geography Awareness Week’s focus on ‘the Future of Food,” I thought I would start of by sharing 10 of my personal favorite resources to use to understand our changing global food systems.
“The Sydney International Food Festival promoted the festival by creating food flags for the various countries represented.”
These pictures where produced for the Sydney International Food Festival and show an intriguing glimpse into learning geography with food in a very intriguing manner.
Tags: food, art.