Maps at Home with Kaeleigh Herstad and a 1983 AAA Wall Map

What is your map at home (title, year, etc.)

It was made in 1983 by AAA and shows their recommended lodging and dining facilities in SE Michigan.

Where did you find/acquire the map?

We found it in the basement of an estate sale in SW Detroit.

What made you hang it on your wall? What stood out to you? What details do you enjoy about the map?

I wish I knew the backstory as to how it came to be in the home. It was displayed in the basement workshop area. We bought it and it was in our guest room, where it took up an entire wall, but kept falling… so it has been in the basement awaiting modification so we can hang it back up.

What in your background has drawn you to maps?

I didn’t realize the power of maps and how accessible a tool they can be until relatively recently! I didn’t think I could make ‘good’ maps. But training as an ethnographer and archaeologist helped me see how essential mapping is for heritage management, equity and social justice, and simply understanding how people perceive and move through their environments.

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