Innovation and Expansion seeks to tie history and cartography together to create a visual history that demonstrates causality. Within this interactive, factors like cross continental railroad expansion, the silver mining boom, steamboat commerce and modern amenities offer a visual analogy to the movement of people and the dispersal of population. While this installation reveals layers of historical information, the secondary goal is to make these stories human, tangible and real by illustrating each macro story with a relevant archival family story. These smaller family stories illustrate the larger visual history on a first person level by leveraging objects and images that seamlessly move, open and transform. This reveals stories about people as well as information from a past world via individual, first-person monologues, sounds, photographs and family ephemera including train tickets, store ledgers, newspaper clippings and other objects that are relevant to each story.