This page is a resource for my first-year seminar students and others who wish to learn about the physical and human geography of Brockton, Massachusetts. As I begin to learn about the city, I welcome suggestions and corrections! I may be reached at email@example.com.
See the new course syllabus for Fall 2008. This time, the course meets on Monday afternoons only. Students will need to work hard between class meetings, but we will have a lot of opportunity to explore the city together, starting on the first day of class.
|Geography of Brockton - Population
Resources for Learning about The City of Champions
UPDATED September 3, 2008
James Hayes-Bohanan, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Geography
Bridgewater State College
First-Year Seminar students on tour of Brockton, December 8, 2007
|Brockton.NET is a portal for
community organizations and resources -- and political chat!
Old Colony Planning Council has a long-established relationship with the Department of Geography and employs a number of alumni. It is a great source of information about planning and transportation issues in a number of communities, including Brockton.
The web site of the Brockton Historical Society is not actively maintained (as of June 2007), but it includes descriptions of several of the city's important museums and historic sites. The organizers exhibit a great deal of pride in the city! The "About Us" link is an article a response to those who have disparaged Brockton.
The USGenWeb has a Brockton site for geneologists -- who are among the best local historians -- maintained by Brockton native Dale Cook.
A shtetl is from the Yiddish word for "village." It can be used to describe Jewish communities, such as the community that flourished around Bay and Crescent Street in Brockton in the 1940s and 1950s. Learn all about it on the Brockton ShtetLink geneology resource page created by Steven Weiss.
Princess and the rest of my Brockton
|The Online Mapping
page at MassGIS includes Oliver and other tools for making your own
maps of Brockton -- or any other part of the Commonwealth!
About a century ago, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps covered urban areas areas throughout the United States. Today, the maps are of great value to researchers. It is sometimes possible to find paper copies in special collections of public libraries. The entire collection is available in digital form (as images -- not GIS layers) from UMI. The Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State College subscribes to the Massachusetts collection, which is used extensively in this course. Find the link (titled "Digital Sanborns" and instructions for off-campus use on the Maxwell Electronic Resources page.
Use Google Maps to explore from any browser.
Download Google Earth to your laptop to make your own maps for class projects.
Use Live Search to get amazing images of a location from a variety of perspectives. (See the Brockton Public Library as a good example -- use the buttons to rotate the point of view, and then explore the city, changing your angle as you do!)
The U.S. Census Bureau has all kinds of demographic and business data -- including latest estimates and maps for Brockton.
Use GeoNames at USGS to find the other Brocktons in Alabama, Georgia, Montana, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.