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While old maps are interesting on their own, they provide an excellent entry point for studies of local history. The state department of education includes local history in their frameworks for third-grade social studies. Still, local history is a topic that can be learned about at varying depths by students of all ages.

From understanding and developing a sense of place to exploring the far-flung corners of the globe, maps can help to support learning in many ways. Even topics like feminism and socioeconomics can be supported by map studies! Using resources from the Norman Leventhal Map Center, families can delve deep into the world of mapmaking and map-based history.

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