Mapping the History of Religious Freedom in Queens.

  • Client:

    New York City Economic Development Committee



  • The Brief

    VanDam is working with various government agencies including NYCEDC, NY DOT, and the City Planning Commission on a pedestrian way-finding system for Downtown Flushing.

  • The Solution

    Large-scale map panels at key locations are paired with interpretive history panels to communicate the Quaker’s struggle to secure religious freedom under Dutch colonial reign. The key is to make this history understandable and meaningful to a primarily Asian–American population.

    By mapping former and current houses of worship along two historic trails the map links past experience in the struggle for religious freedom to the present.