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January 30th, 2024

Nichols to use maps to tell Garrett County history

February JCLS presenter combines interests in cartography and local history


Chris Nichols will use maps to tell a story as part of his Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentation.

"I do go over some dates, names and events in this presentation," said Nichols, whose lecture will take place on Wednesday, February 7th at 6 p.m. in the recital hall of the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, "but it's more about telling the story of how the county has changed over time, why it has changed, and some thoughts about the future, all told through the context of maps."

Nichols, a Garrett County resident, is currently an energy markets analyst with the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown.

"I have enjoyed maps since I was a kid, and then through my job I received training on Geographic Information Systems and was able to make my own maps," said Nichols. "With this presentation, I'm able to combine my interests in cartography and local history."

Nichols has produced a series of printed maps of the county focusing on outdoor recreation and historical features. He currently serves on the board of the Garrett County Historical Society.

Garrett College’s faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford.

Crawford, who died in 2010, served the College community for more than 30 years, including serving as the head of the humanities division and director of enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge, and the public and community members are invited to attend.

All presentations from the Joan Crawford Lecture Series will be available to view online through the College's Facebook page. The lectures will be live streamed and recordings will be posted shortly after the event.

For more information, contact Stephanie Miller at