Making Invisible Histories Visible GIS Program
The MIHV GIS (Geographic Information Systems) summer program involves OPS students, teachers, college students and geography faculty from the University of Nebraska at Omaha working together to create GIS Story Maps around a central theme. Launched in 2016, the one-week program has mapped where Omaha's first generation of immigrants settled and where Omaha's new immigrants live, work and worship today. Where African American musicians lived and performed in the early and mid-20th century and the places that tell Omaha's history from the 1920s through the 1960s. These Story Maps connect back to the Social Studies curriculum.
“I attribute this program to a great deal of personal development. My public speaking, ability to talk to strangers, interview skills, and leadership experience. So much personal realization has occurred during this program it's astounding. I don't think I can truly express how much I will miss coming here during the summer.” A GIS multi-year participant
“This program has helped me learn and feel more confident with technology in the classroom.” A GIS teacher