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Maps made by a St. Lawrence alumnus are helping instructors and students at the United States Army Military Academy at West Point better understand an historical battle.

Earl McElfresh '72 is a cartographer in Olean, New York. He creates maps of sites significant in the Civil War and American Revolution, and was recently contacted by faculty at West Point, seeking permission to digitize his map of the Revolutionary War battlefields of Saratoga. Showing the site as it was in 1777 will make the event "come alive" for today's students, according to the West Point history instructor quoted in a recent story in The Times Herald, Olean's daily newspaper.

An English major at St. Lawrence, McElfresh was also a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and the Alpine ski team as a student. To read more about his historical map-making, visit the Times Herald Web site.

Posted: July 16, 2003