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Posted on: November 28, 2018

New story map digs into Danville’s roots

Screenshot of Danville Roots story map

The City of Danville’s Information Technology Department has created an online story map called “Danville Roots,” showcasing story points that capture the 225 years of the city’s history.

Each story point includes an image and narrative text. They are sorted into time periods — such as early Danville — and embedded in a map according to the locations in which the story points describe.

“The story points are a walk back in time,” said geographic information systems officer Rachel Rupe. “Users can choose a story point by browsing through the collections or by clicking on its location on the map. The map will follow where you navigate.”

Five collections are presented: “Early Danville and Civil War,” “Reconstruction Post Civil War,” “Tobacco and Textile Industries,” “Turn of the Century” and “Mid-20th Century through Civil Rights.”

“Each of these sections provides stories about historic figures, places and events that make our city unique,” Rupe said. “Many of these stories are well-known, but others may be new to you. We believe anyone living here or visiting will find something interesting and want to learn more about our history.”

The online story map consists of 151 story points and provides links to more information about the topics.

To view this story map and others created by the Information Technology Department, click here: danvillegis.maps.arcgis.com

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