Churchscape: Clay County, MN

In this project I plan to develop a website examining the churchscape of Clay County, Minnesota.  The concept of churchscape includes considering not only the physical church structures/houses ofworship, but also the social, cultural, political and economic significance of the communities who worshipped there.I hope to begin by mapping locations of church buildings in the county over time from the early settlement years (1870s) to the present. I would also like to include the following components:

  •  Map layers that showing change over time in the locations and number (density) of churches.
  • I would like viewers to be able to click locations and learn more about the buildings and congregations there (through text and/or primary source images, documents).
  • Ability for viewers to contribute their own images, recollections, and/or documents to the site, or to allow me to digitize materials for inclusion on the site.

It may be more realistic to begin with a particular denomination or time period that would be valuable on its own (Lutheran chSkree Township Plat Map excerpt, 1909urches, nineteenth century churches. . . . ), but would also provide a model when seeking funding to develop the project on a larger scope?