Campus History

Time Travel

July 2, 2010 || July 6, 1937

This poster uses the “time portal” technique to compare how the campus looked nearly seventy-five years ago with how it looks today. Created by the Wisconsin State Cartographer’s Office, it blends a modern color photograph from July 2, 2010, with a historic black-and-white shot from July 6, 1937, using GIS (geographic information system) software.

The poster highlights the dramatic changes that have taken place on campus and the surrounding community during this time period (although current visitors will note that even more changes have occurred since 2010).

You can find the entire image of the 1937 photo and links to other historical images from the State Cartographer’s Office. The “Then and Now” poster is available for $10 from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (608-263-7389).

Published in the Summer 2013 issue


  • Rolf Peter Darbo August 13, 2013

    I found my childhood house in the green residential area just South of University Ave. Also my dad’s rooming house on Langdon St. can bee seen in the historical area of the map.

    Great memories.

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