Center for the Study of Geographic Change
According to a press release in October, a $4-million donation to Western Michigan University will establish a Center for the Study of Geographic Change, the purpose of which will be to digitize older maps and aerial photographs. “Geographic change” is a phrase I’m not familiar with, but presumably has something to do with comparing the current (or more recent) state of things with the (more distant) past through maps and photography — i.e., it sounds a lot like one aspect of history. In any event, it appears that the main goal is preservation, which is never bad. Thanks to Tony for the link.