About

I am a GIS Specialist, data manager and DC historian. My focus is on technologically appropriate treatment of historical resources in order to visualize and better analyze and understand the past.

I have a BS in computer science and a post-baccalaureate certificate in GIS, both from Penn State. I’ve been researching, writing, and speaking about DC history since 1997. I researched and wrote the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail and the chapter on Columbia Heights in the second edition of Washington At Home (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).

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I created the DC Historical Building Permits Database and the initial draft of HistoryQuestDC. I conceived and co-founded PrologueDC’s Mapping Segregation project and made the story maps found on that project page.

My new focus is Mapping Early Washington, focusing on the founding of the City of Washington and its existence and growth up to the Civil War. Meanwhile, I continue to research the city’s buildings for the DC Historic Preservation Office, through a new agreement with the Historical Society of Washington DC, and to update HistoryQuestDC to reflect new development across the city.

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These Subdivisions are available as a layer on HistoryQuestDC.