New Map Collaboration Helps Tell Story of Durham's History

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A Duke-Durham collaboration merges Google Earth technology with historic city maps to offer a new online resource for educators, historians.

The Digital Durham Web site ( -- which includes U.S. Census data, photographs, personal and public records dating back to post-Civil War Durham -- recently added more than 30 newly digitized maps from the city Department of Public Works and university libraries, including two integrated with Google Earth satellite images of present-day Durham.

Local preservation designer Sara Davis Lachenman said the Digital Durham site already has proved an invaluable resource in her work restoring and remodeling houses in the downtown area.

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