Digital History and Storytelling though Routt National Forest Past and Present Photographs

Author(s): Andrea Kruse

Year: 2018


Archaeology is changing from the data collection and specialized publishing to gaining deeper knowledge from past collections and sharing them to the wider public. Digital archives are now easily accessible with open source tools and the internet, which allows not only for collaboration with other researchers outside their agencies but engages a larger public with cultural heritage. This poster describes a digital archaeology project that uses historical photographs to engage and inform the public about the Routt National Forest in Northwest Colorado. It presents the methods used to digitally archive historical materials as well as employ these materials in diverse ways in digital exhibits that include mapping and multi-media. The multiple layers of information allow the public to explore Routt in order to learn about the early years of the forest and changes in forest structure, get digital access to restricted or inaccessible sites, as well as help plan their next trip to the forest. By digitally archiving photographs and using digital tools, Forest Service employees and the public can gain a new perspective on the past landscape areas they are studying for present-day heritage projects.

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Digital History and Storytelling though Routt National Forest Past and Present Photographs. Andrea Kruse. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 442780)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -168.574; min lat: 7.014 ; max long: -54.844; max lat: 74.683 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 21719