November 23, 2006 - January 7, 2007 - Hobart, Australia
A collection of 40 maps showing the growth of Australia's charted coastline is being exhibited at the Carnegie Gallery, 16 Argyle Street. The exhibit, Exploring the Southland, features maps from the collection of Dr Bernard Lamprell, who settled in Tasmania in 1967. Lamprell's collection was bequeathed to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum of Tasmania after his death. The maps have been arranged in chronological order to show how Australia's coastline was charted stage by stage. It begins with a reproduction of a Dutch map from 1587, featuring "Terra Australis Incognita" (unknown southern land), which shows the world before the Australian coast was discovered by European explorers. "They thought there was a huge land mass in the south to balance the top, otherwise the ball of the Earth would be unbalanced," curator Rona Hollingsworth said. The earliest original map dates back to 1657 and shows where the Dutch ship Duyfken started mapping the western coast of Cape York. "The Dutch started putting a lot more on the map because on their way to the spice islands they came a long way south in order to get the right winds," Ms Hollingsworth said. "They didn't know about longitude at the time, so they often went further than they thought and just bumped into it." The last map in the series is from the 1860s, when Van Diemen's Land was changed to Tasmania.
December 12, 2006 - January 8, 2007 - Naples
The Royal Place of Naples, in the "Sala Dorica," has on exhibit the original Copperplates of the Atlante Marittimo of the Kingdom of Naples. The 25 copperplates of the Atlas are owned by the Istituto Geografico Militare of Florenze. The Istituto obtained them, along with cartographic material, topographical instruments, tools for engraving and printing; and pertinent papers from the Officio Topografico di Napoli. The 23 copperplates of the shores of the Kingdom were engraved between 1785 and 1792 by Giuseppe Guerra, one of the most famous cartographical engravers in Europe in the18th century. Behind the survey and engravings is a sumptuous frontispiece drawn in 1791 by Heinrich Christoph Kniep, German artist friend of Goethe who accompanied him during his trip to Sicily; and was engraved by Guerra in 1792 along with the index. The index was done with letter engraving instead of the inexpensive print composition. In addition to the copperplates, also on exhibit are 25 prints from an unbound copy of the atlas, drafts and manuscripts of the survey normally housed in the Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli and archive documents related to the survey.
September 28, 2006 - January 13, 2007 - Chicago
The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., presents The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico, a free exhibition that offers a fresh perspective on the Aztecs in Colonial Mexico and their impact on the heritage and culture of Mexico, Mexicans, and Mexican-Americans. Approximately 60 items will be on display, and will reveal some of the most spectacular illustrated sources from Colonial Mexico. Highlights from the exhibit include the 1524 Map of Tenochtitlan (from Cortes' letter to the Hapsburg Emperor Charles V, King of Spain) and the Codex Zempoala, an 18th century pictorial manuscript documenting indigenous village land claims.
September 23, 2006 - January 14, 2007 - Atlanta, Georgia
The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, presents the exhibit Discovering Rome: Maps and Monuments of the Eternal City. Enjoy a tour of Rome through images of the city's ancient ruins, churches, Renaissance villas and gardens. Most of the works in the exhibition come from Giovanni Battista Falda's seventeenth-century Gardens of Rome and Giovanni Battista Piranesi's eighteenth-century Views of Rome. A sixteenth-century etching of the Colosseum by the Netherlandish artist and publisher Hieronymous Cock will also be on view, attesting to the long-standing appeal of the city to pilgrims and tourists. At the center of the exhibition will be Giambattista Nolli's Great Map of 1748, a landmark in the history of topography, enabling viewers to explore the city as a whole and to understand how the individual monuments fit within their urban context. Hours Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 noon - 5 p.m.; Closed on Mondays and University holidays.
October 2006 - January 14, 2007 - Fort Langley, British Columbia
Maps and their meanings are available for exploring in the newest exhibit at the Langley Centennial Museum & National Exhibition Centre, 9135 King Street. The exhibit Maps: Changing Perspectives examines both historic and modern maps of the Langley region so that visitors can both appreciate the beauty and usefulness of maps, as well as gain a new understanding of the way maps work and how past events have influenced our modern communities. The exhibit explores one way of looking at and thinking about maps by considering what is shown and what is not. Maps are created with specific purposes in mind - e.g. this is how you get from here to there. Because complete reality can never be shown on a single sheet of paper, maps tend to omit significant parts of the natural and human features actually present on the ground. Necessary simplification and omission therefore make maps open to interpretation and criticism. In fact, it is quite possible to "lie with a map!" Apart from historic and modern maps, the exhibit includes a collection of antique map making and surveying equipment. Also on view is a damaged map that has been carefully restored by professional paper conservators at Fraser/Spafford Ricci Art & Archival Conservation Inc.
November 5, 2006 - January 14, 2007 - Halle
"Orbis Pictus" : Landkarten aus den Sammlungen der Franckeschen Stiftungen - Franckesche Stiftungen Historisches Waisenhaus, Franckeplatz 1, 06110 Halle (Saale), Tel.: 0345 / 212 7400.
December 18, 2006 - January 14, 2007 - Sofia
An exhibition displaying unique maps, atlases, engravings and books on Bulgaria that have been collected by Dr. Simeon Simov for over 40 years from auctions from all around the world is on display at Military Club, 7 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd. The Europe for Bulgaria in Dr. Simeon Simov's collection exhibition gives information on what Bulgaria looked like from ancient times until modernity. There are models of European cartography, artistic craftsmanship, and scientific data on Bulgarian lands that give a more specific, European view on Bulgarian history.
October 14, 2006 - January 28, 2007 - Berlin
Erstmals Reproduziert. Eine Ausstellung anläßlich des 200. Todestages von Friedrich Wilhelm Carl Graf von Schmettau Kartograph und Schlossherr zu Kööpenick. Kunstgewergbemuseum im Schloss Köpenick in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Amt für Landesvermessung und Geobasisinformation Brandenburg. Schlossinsel 12557 Berlin Tel.: 030 / 2662902 Di. -- So. 10 -- 18 Uhr, Do freier Eintritt ab 14 Uhr.
October 19, 2006 - January 31, 2007 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Defining a State: A Selection of Maps of North Carolina, 1776-1860 in the North Carolina Collection Gallery, Louis Round Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina.
January 28, 2006 - January 2007 - Los Angeles
The Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery presents Los Angeles Mapped featuring historical maps of Los Angeles from the collections of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division. This exhibit is on display on the second floor of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Avenue. Featured are about two dozen maps from 1639 to 1991 (and a video loop of Google Earth in action) that serve as historical timelines and storybooks. These diverse works of craftsmanship, precision, and imagination provide a guide to some of the most remarkable stories of the city's history: its discovery, its growth, and its industries, as seen by explorers, engineers, artists, residents, and boosters. It will be on display through January at the gallery, which is just 74 square feet and open only to performance ticket-holders before show time and those on guided tours.
October 6, 2006 - January 2007 - Arlington, Texas
Mapping the Sacred, Belief and Religion in the History of Cartography explores how belief and religion have influenced cartography and mapmaking in many cultures around the world and contains an incredible diversity of maps and mapmakers that are related to spiritual and religious cartography. The exhibition, mounted in Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Central Library, University of Texas at Arlington, is free and open to the public.
September 27, 2006 - February 2007 - Husum, Germany
400 Jahre Johannes Mejer, der grosse Kartograph aus Husum [400 years Johannes Mejer, the great cartographer of Husum] is on display at the Schifffahrtsmuseum Nordfriesland, Zingel 15. Johannes Mejer (1606 - 1674) surveyed the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein, then part of Denmark, and contributed maps to Danckwerth's atlas of the region (1652). Joan Blaeu used his work for the 'Atlas Maior' (1662). Oswald Dreyer-Eimbcke, well-known map historian, has prepared a companion book illustrated with numerous maps from Danckwerth's atlas and from the map collection of the Royal Library Copenhagen. Publisher Komregis ISBN 3-938501-12-X. The Museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.00.
October 14, 2006 - February 11, 2007 - Indianapolis, Indiana
Throughout human history, people have gotten lost. And for most of that history, there were no service stations where they could stop and ask for directions. Instead they relied on such navigational guides as the stars. In fact, the celestial bodies were among humankind's earliest maps. Over the centuries other types of maps emerged, including the most familiar kind - those drawn or printed on parchment or paper, or molded into globes. Maps of many kinds and styles are the subjects of a traveling exhibition at The Children's Museum, 3000 N. Meridian Street. Titled National Geographic MAPS: Tool for Adventure, it's the result of over two years of work by the museum's exhibition designers and developers and members of National Geographic Society's staff. The exhibition stresses how many types of maps there are, including Braille maps, sound maps and a Polynesian map made of sticks and shells. There's also a section on the use of global positioning satellites and other technologies. In addition to introducing types of maps, the exhibit showcases maps from throughout history, including ones that trace how cartographers portrayed the world before Columbus' voyages and how they portrayed it afterward.
October 18, 2006 - February 25, 2007 - Helsinki
The exhibition, the History of Nordic Map, invites you to an enchanting ride through the history of the world view. It shows how Scandinavia was drawn onto the map and how and in what shape Finland was mapped in different centuries. You can find all information in the exhibition also in English! The history of a map also portrays the history of politics, science and arts. An excellent example of this is the mapping of the Nordic countries. The area is interesting also because of its funny details and even comical mistakes. Not many maps have been subjected to such bold statements or blatant mistakes. For a long period of time, the Nordic map was drawn based on myths and fables, even though the rest of Europe was mapped almost in the right dimensions. In addition to its tales, the exhibition presents artwork found on maps: chubby putti, aggressive storms and mystical sea creatures. Also the exhibition presents the first atlas in the world and the earliest editions of The History of the Nordic People by O. Magnus. Many rarities are present, for example the first printed Nordic map from 1486. At the Sederholm House, Aleksanterinkatu 16-18. Exhibition is open Wed-Sun at 11-17.
December 9, 2006 - February 25, 2007 - New York
Places & Spaces: Mapping Science on display at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens. The Places & Spaces exhibit has been created to demonstrate the power of maps. An initial theme of this exhibit is to compare and contrast first maps of our entire planet with the first maps of all of science as we know it.
November 24, 2006 - March 4, 2007 - London
The British Library's (at St. Pancras) major exhibition, London: a Life in Maps, includes all of the major maps of London since the earliest times and many little-known or hitherto unknown treasures. The purpose of the exhibition is not to show when and how London has grown, but, rather, to offer up the stories that maps tell about Londoners and their values. It will be accompanied by a related book: "London: A Life in Maps" by Peter Whitfield. This highly illustrated book will be irresistible to anyone interested in the history of London, as map expert Peter Whitfield brings alive the history behind 100 maps of the city.
February 2, 2007 - March 4, 2007 - Joplin, Missouri
The traveling exhibit, Mapping Missouri, will be on the third floor of Spiva Library, 3950 E Newman Road. The collection displays more than 100 maps courtesy of the Missouri state archives, some of which have never been previously displayed.
December 12, 2006 - March 15, 2007 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Harvard Map Collection has an exhibit - Shore Lines: Mapping Coastal Massachusetts - in the Map Gallery Hall, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:45 pm. This exhibit features maps reproduced in "Surveying the Shore: Historic Maps of Coastal Massachusetts, 1600-1930," by Joseph Garver. It includes a broad range of genres, including nautical charts, town plans, wall maps, city and county atlases, transportation maps, real estate maps, and views. The exhibit traces the cartographic history of the region from the first crude representations of the land and sea to detailed plans and charts based on rigorous geodetic surveys. It shows the extent to which mapmakers who lived and worked in Massachusetts helped pioneer an indigenous American cartographic tradition - from the manuscript plans of towns for early state surveys to county wall maps that were almost encyclopedic in their scope, from charts laboriously assembled by local pilots to the massive collaborative efforts that went into the publications of the U.S. Coast Survey, from early panoramas of harbors dominated by church spires to bird's eye views depicting newly industrialized cities with skylines of smokestacks. Among the items that have rarely been seen or reproduced: a 1795 manuscript map of Nantucket showing the Humane Society huts for the relief of shipwrecked sailors, a chart of Provincetown harbor from 1841 assembled from more than 13,000 soundings, an 1888 map of Beverly showing with color coding the gulf between the wealthy summer sojourners and the permanent local residents, views of Cape Cod before and after the inauguration of the canal in 1914, and a map of New England trolley routes in 1905. For details, call the Map Collection at 617-495-2417.
March 6-17, 2007 - Richmond
The Library of Virginia will present a small exhibition, Virginia Described: John Smith's Map and Its Influence. One of the first printed maps of the Chesapeake Bay, John Smith's map of Virginia became the prototype for maps of Virginia until 1673, when it was superseded by the map of Virginia and Maryland printed by Augustine Herrman. This special exhibition displays the various states and derivatives based on Smith's map.
January 11. 2007 - March 18, 2007 - Chicago
Imperial Cartographies - Power, Strategy, and Scientific Discovery, an exhibit at DePaul University Art Museum, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave. The exhibition will trace the ways cartography and other geospatial visualization and analytical technologies (such as Geographic Information Systems and satellite imagery) have shaped our perceptions of power and geopolitics, our planet, and each other. The tools of geography have supported imperial expansion, from early Dutch voyages of exploration through European colonization to the Cold War and beyond. Maps, globes, and remotely sensed imagery from the Newberry Library, the Adler Planetarium, and other collections illuminate the connection between knowledge and conquest.
December 28, 2006 - March 30, 2007 - Charleston, South Carolina
With preserved manuscript maps of early America from as early as 1507 through the mid-1850s, the exhibition Maps of the United States is for history and cartography buffs. On display at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring Street. The exhibit consists of 30 manuscript maps of early America and the United States through the late 19th century. One of the featured maps is the 1507 Ruysch map, the earliest known map that mentions the newly "discovered" Americas. "The collection traces the Colonial and early national expansions across North America, depicting the shifting boundaries of territories and states. There are examples of states that were proposed for admission into the union and never achieved congressional approval," explains Stephen J. White, director of the museum. "The commentary that accompanies the documents delights in what modern-day students would see as bizarre locations of cities in 'states' with which they are not currently associated."
January 20, 2007 - March 31, 2007 - Miami
The Deering Estate at Cutler displays a rare map exhibit by renowned collector Claude Alix featuring original Antique Maps of France, Spain and Asia; regions of the world where the Deering brothers had connections. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Deering Estate, Stone House, second floor, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Please call 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or e-mail us for additional information.
December 7, 2006 - April 8, 2007 - Istanbul
Genghis Khan and his Heirs: The Great Mongol Empire, at Sabanci University's Sakip Sabanci Museum, Sakip Sabanci Cad. No: 22, Emirgan Istanbul, contains nearly 600 artifacts that illustrate the might and culture of the empire during this extraordinary era. Exhibits include manuscripts, maps, armor, weapons, jewelry and religious objects, to mention only a few of the items on display.
October 14, 2006 - April 15, 2007 - Offenburg, Germany
Neue Welt und altes Wissen. Wie Amerika zu seinem Namen kam. Museum im Ritterhaus, Rittergasse 10.
January 27, 2007 - April 15, 2007 - Rotterdam
'Land in Zicht!', Vingboons tekent de wereld van de 17e eeuw, an exhibition of 17th century Dutch maps from the National Archives at Kunsthal Rotterdam, Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341.
February 1, 2007 - April 22, 2007 - Oklahoma City
Napoléon An Intimate Portrait, a traveling exhibition from the Russell Etling Company is at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. The exhibit offers visitors an opportunity to see beyond the "legend" of Napoléon Bonaparte to gain an understanding of this complex figure as a man. Created from the extraordinary collection of 1st Empire authority and author, Pierre-Jean Chalençon, the exhibit showcases rare, personal belongings of Napoléon I, as well as some of the most famous depictions of him by the greatest artists of the time. One of his maps of Europe - still showing the pin pricks from markers during his campaigns - is in the exhibit.
October 14, 2006 - April 25, 2007 - Washington
North Carolina's story during the American Revolution is often overshadowed by better-known events that occurred in its sister colonies. The Society of the Cincinnati sheds light on the Tar Heel State's participation in the American Revolution with the exhibition, North Carolina in the American Revolution, on view at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW, the society's headquarters. More than 40 artifacts, works of art, rare maps and manuscripts are on display. Included is a rare and colorful map of the colony on the eve of the war, A Compleat Map of North-Carolina from an actual Survey by John Abraham Collet (1770). Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 1 pm - 4 pm. For information, 202-785-2040.
March 26, 2007 - April 25, 2007 - Providence
An exhibit, Rediscovered Map Collection of the John Hay Library, will be held at the John Hay Library, Brown University. This exhibit features some of the more than 1,000 maps recently rediscovered at the John Hay Library. Some of the exceptional maps on display include a Nazi tourism map, a map cited by Herman Melville in writing Moby Dick, and an antislavery map donated to the library by the family of an abolitionist who graduated from Brown in 1831. Other maps show the evolution of Providence from a small seaport to a major manufacturing and railroad center during the 19th century. This exhibit will be on view through April 25 at the John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street. Library hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information contact Thomas Stieve.
January 30, 2007 - April 27, 2007 - Toronto
Hopeful Travellers - Italian Explorers, Missionaries, Merchants, and Adventurers from the Middle Ages to Modern Times at University of Toronto, The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street. This exhibition is about travellers, and the exhibits are for the most part accounts of their travels. There are few restrictions: the journeys will be to anywhere in the world, at any time from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries. Some of the books and maps were published as recently as this century, others were first printed in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
January 23, 2007 - April 28, 2007 - Richmond
In commemoration of the 400 th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in 1607, the University of Richmond Museums presents News of the Colonies: Prints, Maps, and Perceptions of the New World. This exhibition brings together maps, prints, and books from 1590-1721 that reflect the early impressions of explorers and colonists in Virginia and the impact of these perceptions of the New World throughout Europe. Highlights include early maps of the region; John Smith's "The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles" of 1624; and engravings by Theodor de Bry which are among the earliest Western depictions of native life and culture in North America. Exhibition is in the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, University of Richmond Museums. Open Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 3 pm., and by appointment (804-287-6424). Closed during Spring Break (3/3 - 3/12/07), and Easter Weekend (4/7 - 4/9/07).
February 4, 2007 - April 29, 2007 - Schleswig
Modelle von Erde und Raum - Globen aus drei Jahrhunderten at Stiftung Schleswig Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloß Gottorf. Tel.: 04621 / 813-222; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 5, 2007 - April 30, 2007 - Guatemala City
Ninety-nine maps have been assembled, encompassing the various genres of maps of Central America for the first exhibit of maps that focus on Guatemala within the context of Central America. Four Centuries of Geographic Expressions of the Central American Isthmus, 1500-1900 is on display at Museo Popol Vuh at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, 6 Calle final, zona 10.
March 27, 2007 - May 11, 2007 - Luxembourg
Magna Regio - Luxembourg and its Region in Atlases and Maps of the XVth to XIXth century features some of the finest maps in a private collection. Maps from the collection of Thomas Niewodniczanski are on display at Espace Monterey, Fortis Bank. Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.30, entrance at 27, Avenue Monterey; Saturday from 11.00 to 17.00; entrance at Fortis Rue Notre Dame. Admission free.
May 15-21, 2007 - Shimla, India
Jerusalem in old maps will showcase the cartography history of the holy city at the Himachal Pradesh State Museum. It will showcase maps and other pictorial representations of Jerusalem and Israeli history.
March 25, 2007 - May 26, 2007 - Carthage, Missouri
The Powers Museum, 1617 West Oak, has a exhibit Mapping Missouri. The exhibit is a collection of maps from the Missouri State Archives. The maps depict the first borders, coal mines, agriculture product tracking, fishermen guides and many more. There will be computers set up to show the Jasper County land surveys through the years and also pictures of birds-eye views as the land changes. Michele Hansford, director/curator at the museum, said this exhibit will give people a different view of Missouri history. For more information call Powers Museum at 417-358-2667.
May 1-30, 2007 - Bloomington, Indiana
The Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit has been created to demonstrate the power of maps to navigate and make sense of physical places and abstract topic spaces. An initial theme of this exhibit is to compare and contrast first maps of our entire planet with the first maps of all of science as we know it. At the Monroe County Public Library, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave.
May 1-31, 2007 - Muncie, Indiana
Visit the newly renamed Geospatial Resources & Map Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Avenue to view the map display in the windows, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles . In honor of the Indianapolis 500 Race, the theme for the display is transportation--focusing on planes, trains, and automobiles. Two road maps from the Map Collection are featured in the display--a 1917 road map showing the Dixie Highway and a 1962 road map where Interstate 69 makes its first appearance. Art covers from other road maps in the Map Collection are featured on a poster in the display called "Crossroads of America: The Art of the Road Map." Other maps in the display are the East Central Indiana Rail Trails map, a street map of Baghdad, and a road map of Afghanistan. Contact the Geospatial Resources & Map Collection at 765-285-1097 for more information about these maps. The Collection is open Monday through Friday 7:30 to 4:30.
September 30, 2006 - May 31, 2007 - Cleveland
The Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Boulevard, is a collection of treasures. Treasures come in many forms and sizes. They are manuscripts, furniture, books, fine and decorative arts, and automobiles. One hundred fifty of these Treasures of the Western Reserve Historical Society are featured in a special exhibit. The stories connected to these artifacts gathered over the past 140 years speak to the people, events, and movements that shaped the history of Cleveland, the Western Reserve, the State of Ohio, and our country. They were selected because they are historical, rare, interesting, original, unique, significant, relevant, and valuable. The society has a huge collection of antique maps, and several are on display. There is a 1573 atlas, Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum," a 1796 manuscript map of northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania; and a 1797 manuscript plan of Cleveland by Seth Pease, who helped lay out the original city.
February 2007 - May 2007 - Poughkeepsie, New York
Mapping America: 500 Years of Cartographic Depictions at Vassar College Libraries Archives & Special Collections, 124 Raymond Ave.
March 26, 2007 - early June 2007 - New Haven
As the quintessential instrument of imperial conquest, the British East India Company, with its commercial, political, and aesthetic concerns, tells a rich, conflicted story of engagement between two cultures. Collecting an Empire: The East India Company (1600-1900) brings together a diverse, multi-lingual range of Indian and British objects, illuminated mythological manuscripts, maps, letters, official proclamations, diaries, ship logs, company dictionaries, travel journals, novels, and broadsides from various Beinecke Library collections. Exhibit is on display at Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
March 3, 2007 - June 2, 2007 - New Orleans
Affirming France's commitment to the preservation of New Orleans culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, French Minister of Culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres; President of the National Library of France Jean-Noël Jeanneney; and French Consul General to News Orleans Pierre Lebovics proudly present Four Hundred Years of French Presence in Louisiana: Treasures from the National Library of France at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street. Opening with the era of exploration, Four Hundred Years of French Presence in Louisiana presents a range of objects - from early drawings of Louisiana wildlife, to medals depicting Louisiana worn by members of the French royal family, to manuscript maps, rare books, and plans for New Orleans.
May 14, 2007 - June 2, 2007 - Ullapool, Scotland
Mapping Mountains, in the Macphail Centre, is based on the original geological mapping of Scotland's Northwest Highlands. The 1880s maps and field sketches document the first steps to a worldwide understanding of how mountains are formed.
February 16, 2007 - June 3, 2007 - Miami
An exhibition showcasing the history of Port Royal can be seen at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street. Titled Port Royal, Jamaica the exhibition, jointly coordinated by the Institute of Jamaica and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, marks the first time that a large collection of rare artifacts from that historic Jamaican seaside town, parts of which sank in the devastating earthquake of 1692, will be displayed in the United States. More than 150 artifacts will chronologically illustrate the life of that city since it was founded in 1655. Rare maps, prints, books and manuscripts will accompany this wide-ranging collection of artifacts from the National Library of Jamaica, the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Among the many treasures are John Taylor's map of Port Royal, with perspective views of the city before the earthquake, and two illustrations of ships at Port Royal by the prominent 19th-century British artist Joseph Bartholomew Kidd.
March 17, 2007 - June 10, 2007 - Canyon, Texas
Patterns of Progress: Bird's Eye Views of Texas, an exhibition of more than 60 views of Texas cities ranging from local communities like Amarillo, Childress, Clarendon, and Quanah, to distant cities like Austin, Victoria, Wichita Falls, Texarkana and El Paso comes to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Foran Gallery, 2503 Fourth Ave. From the close of the Civil War until shortly after the turn of the 20th century, a number of artists traveled throughout the United States to create map-like scenes of each states burgeoning settlements, towns and cities. These highly detailed and oversized lithographic prints, created by the artists as if seen from high above, came be to known as birds-eye views. Between 1871 and 1914, eleven different itinerant artists drew and published at least 67 birds-eye views of Texas cities. The views document the development of the railroads and their seminal influence on the growth of cities and smaller towns throughout the state in the post-Civil War period.
December 19, 2006 - June 15, 2007 - Brussels
On the occasion of its 175th anniversary, the Belgium National Geographic Institute organized an exhibition, Belgium on maps: the Landscape evolution through Three Centuries of Cartography, at the Royal Museum of Armed Forces and Military History, Parc du Cinquantenaire 3, Jubelpark3. There is an accompany book, "La Belgique en Cartes," by Phillippe De Maeyer, Marc Antrop, Christian Vandermotten, and Marc Beyaert.
March 15, 2007 - June 17, 2007 - London
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, hosts "A New World": England's first view of America. For the first time in forty years all the John White drawings of 'Virginia' (1585) will be on display. Loans of portraits, maps and navigational instruments from the National Portrait Gallery, British Library and National Maritime Museum among others will be used to set the scene at the Elizabethan Court.
March 29, 2007 - June 28, 2007 - Jacksonville, Florida
Maps of the United States is in the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 101 West 1st St. Every school child is familiar with the appearance of a map of the United States. It is difficult for them - and even for those long out of school - to imagine that the shapes and locations of the states could have been much different. Imagine for example that Indiana was once where West Virginia is now! Or that Vermont is part of Canada! Or that the State of Georgia reached all the way to the Mississippi River! Some differences in locations can be best illustrated by looking at just one area, say, Northeastern Minnesota. In the past this area was called by many different names; at one time it was Canada, it was the Northwest Territory, it was the Chippeway Territory, it was part of Huron, it was part of Wisconsin, it was part of Michigan, it was even part of Indiana! Then, there is the State of Franklin. That one Congress did not approve, but there are older maps which do include such a state. There are even maps where Louisiana is where South Dakota is today and Mississippi is completely on the west side of the Mississippi River - where Utah reaches all the way from California to Kansas - where Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska are all large border states to Canada.
January 27, 2007 - June 30, 2007 - Columbia, Missouri
The Stories They Tell: Understanding Missouri History through Maps at the State Historical Society of Missouri, 1020 Lowry Street; Phone: (800) 747-6366. An exhibit of over thirty maps organized by Walter Schroeder, associate professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will be on display in the Main Gallery. The maps, which date from 1822 to 2002, cover a wide range of topics, including early statehood statistics, the 1874 locust infestations, the Civil War, and a potential site for the Missouri state capitol in Sedalia.
March 2007 - June 2007 - East Lansing, Michigan
Footpaths to Freeways: The Evolution of Michigan Roadmaps at the Michigan State University Main Library. This exhibit traces how roads have been depicted on Michigan maps from the time it was a territory to the present. In addition to maps, it includes photographs, unique short-lived route guides and some cool artifacts (like the gas price sign listing gas at 15 5/10 cents per gallon!). Maps evolved in step with the road system and show advances such as named roads which were in time replaced with numbered state and federal routes. Publishers include map giants Rand McNally and Gousha who also supplied oil companies with their freely distributed roadmaps. Most maps and photographs were scanned and developed into an online exhibit.
March 19, 2007 - June 29, 2007 - Madison
Making Maps, Mapping History / 300 Years of Original Maps from Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region on display at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Special Collections, 9th Floor, Memorial Library, 728 State St.The exhibit features an illustrated, hand-colored map of North America made in 1670, one of the first maps to show all five Great Lakes. […] Maps from the 18th century reflect the importance of waterways as transportation routes for fur traders and the struggle among European powers to claim New World territory. The exhibit also includes the first maps made of Wisconsin's land surveys, state highways, railroads, native vegetation, and topography. The collection also includes nautical charts and a 3-D bathymetric survey of the Great Lakes. Several maps illustrate the latest capabilities of satellite remote sensing technology. Exhibit is open 9 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
April 2, 2007 - June 30, 2007 - Barrington, Illinois
Herman Bender has been interested in history for his entire life. Among his collections are rare and historic maps and prints. Early Maps of North American Exploration from the Collection of Herman and Barbara Bender are on display at the Barrington Area Historical Society, 212 West Main Street; open Monday - Saturday 10am to 4pm. The maps and prints provide a look at the history of the exploration of the North American continent from 1594 to 1872. Herman Bender will provide private guided tours at 2 p.m. Sunday June 3, 17, and 24.
May 9, 2007 - June 30, 2007 - Thessaloniki
Catena mundi - Chain of the world. Cultural chain of Hesperia and Southeastern Europe, an exhibition of southeastern Europe in maps: from Empires' provinces to national states and to United Europe. Exhibit is in the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, Grigoriou Lambraki and Kleanthous str. The exhibition is a cooperation of EKEPP-EKECHAK (National Map Library), the Vice Mayor of Culture-Youth-Municipal Gallery of Thessaloniki, and the collectors: Alexandros Garyfallos, Savvas Demertzis, Vassilis Kaftantzis, Aristotelis Naniopoulos and Angelos Papaioannou. Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00; Saturday 18:00-21:00, Sunday 10:00-14:00; Monday closed. Information: Municipal Gallery, tel. 2310-425531, fax. 2310-4111101; or EKEPP-EKECHAK, tel. 2310-243120, fax. 2310-243121.
March 24, 2007 - July 1, 2007 - Ellingen, Germany
Entlang der Weichsel und der Memel / Historische Landkarten und Stadtansichten von Ost- und Westpreußen, Polen und dem Baltikum [Along the Weichsel and the Memel / Historical maps and city opinions of east and west Prussia, Poland and the Baltic] at the Cultural Center East Prussia, Schloßstraße 9.
April 3, 2007 - July 1, 2007 - Lawrence, Massachusetts
The land on which mammoth mills now stand was once barren and divided by the Merrimack River. Maps discovered by Louise Sandberg, archivist at Lawrence Public Library, have shed light on the city's history before Lawrence was incorporated. The maps, lithographs, surveyor's compass, landscape views and three-dimensional drawings will be displayed at the main branch of the library, 51 Lawrence Street. The maps focus on Lawrence's development from a vibrant mill city in the early part of the century, to a thriving commercial center and later urban developments in the 1950s to 1970s.
March 27, 2007 - July 8, 2007 - New York
Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Special Exhibition Galleries, 2nd floor. This exhibition examines the relationship between Venice and the Islamic world over a thousand-year period, focusing on artistic and cultural ideas that originated in the Near East and were channeled, absorbed, and elaborated in Venice, a city that represented a commercial, political, and diplomatic magnet on the shores of the Mediterranean. Included in the exhibit are ancient bound manuscripts (including one of the surviving manuscripts of Marco Polo's Travels), maps, paintings and blown glass. A catalog "Venice and the Islamic World 828-1797" is available in Paper (03-019734) or Hardcover (03-019726).
March 6, 2007 - July 29, 2007 - Washington
Living true to its mission to create extraordinary learning experiences, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has partnered with the world's foremost maps expert, the National Geographic Society, and the most advanced producer of new mapping technology, the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), to create a compelling international traveling exhibit, National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure. This extraordinary 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) exhibit provides children and families with the exciting opportunity to immerse themselves in the thrilling world of maps. Exhibit is in Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society Headquarters, 1600 M Street, NW. Admission is free. Open Monday through Saturday and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call +1 202 857 7588.
April 18, 2007 - July 29, 2007 - New Haven
As the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, it will commemorate the centennial of the birth of its founder, Paul Mellon (Yale 1929), with a special exhibition showcasing his extraordinary collection of British art. Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art will feature nearly 250 treasures from the Paul Mellon Collection. Many of these works are not often seen by the public and include drawings and watercolors by William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson, William Blake, and J.M.W. Turner, as well as splendid manuscripts and rare books, including colorplate books, maps and atlases, travel guides, and drawing manuals. In addition, major paintings and sculptures will be highlighted throughout the galleries. A catalogue, co-published by the Yale Center for British Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, London in association with Yale University Press, will accompany the exhibition.
May 25, 2007 - July 31, 2007 - Hanover, New Hampshire
Due to melting ice in the Arctic, crossing the once-treacherous Northwest Passage may become as commonplace as sailing through the Panama Canal. The implications of this change and the historic efforts to complete the route, are part the exhibition, Navigating the Northwest Passage: Just Missing the Ice, that features diary entries, sketches, media clippings, and maps. in the Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library, Class of 1965 Gallery, 6065 Webster Hall; phone (603) 646-0538.
March 23, 2007 - August 7, 2007 - Littleton, Colorado
Graham and Barbara Curtis have been collecting prints illustrating the saga of the American West for over 20 years. An exhibit of many prints in their collection, The Saga of the American West in Prints at the L:ittleton Historical Museum, 6028 S. Gallup Street, includes the works of individuals who were part of official government surveying explorations, such as Titian Ramsey Peale and Samuel Seymour who traveled with the Long Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1820; Seth Eastman with the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey; and Thomas Moran with the Hayden Survey. Phone 303-795-3950 for more details.
July 9, 2007 - August 11, 2007 - Wabern, Switzerland
February 10th, 2007, is regarded as the bicentennial of the founding of the U.S. Coast Survey (today National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The supervision of these works, which can be considered as the basis of the American ordnance survey, was given to Ferdinand Rudolf Hassler (1770 - 1843), a Swiss emigrant from Aarau. The Federal Office of Metrology (METAS), the Federal Office of Topography and the Swiss Federal Archives has a small exhibition on the historical importance of Hassler, Swiss Pioneer for US Surveying, Mapping and Standards. This will be presented at the METAS administration building, Lindenweg 50. Opening hours Monday to Friday, from 08.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 16.30. The exhibit will move to the Stadtmuseum Aarau (August 23 - October 7, 2007) and Museum Murten (October 18 - December 2, 2007).
March 31, 2007 - August 12, 2007 - Deerfield, Massachusetts
North by Northeast: Five Centuries of New England Maps is the first exhibition at Historic Deerfield's Flynt Center of Early New England Life to focus on maps. The objects featured in the exhibition encompass the period 1540 to 1918. In addition to approximately 50 printed and manuscript maps, North by Northeast will contain portraits, surveyors' compasses, globes, reverse paintings on glass, powder horns, landscape views, printed diagrams, and an orrery - a mechanical device used to illustrate the orbit of the earth and the moon. North by Northeast draws on the cartographic collections of Historic Deerfield, Amherst College Library Special Collections, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Connecticut Historical Society Library, Harvard Map Collection of Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College Library Special Collections, the Norman Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library, and private collections.
April 18, 2007 - August 12, 2007 - Norfolk
Discover the natural beauty of the 'Old Dominion' in its entire geographical splendor this summer inside the Chrysler Museum of Art's newest exhibition, Envisioning Virginia 1587-1784: Early Maps of the New World. The unveiling of this rare collection of maps is a part of a succession of special events created to kick off Norfolk's highly-anticipated Azalea Festival 2007 and to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown. This exquisite display of original cartography explores the way early European settlers visualized the New World. The exhibition includes maps drawn by historical greats including John White, Captain John Smith, the first Geographer to the United States Thomas Hutchins, and even a survey of a tract in present-day Jefferson County West Virginia drawn by President George Washington during his teenage years! Envisioning Virginia 1587-1784: Early Maps of the New World is made possible by private collector William Wooldridge, who generously agreed to share these rare and beautiful maps with the Museum and the general public. The Chrysler Museum of Art is located at 245 West Olney Road, and is open Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m; Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.; and it is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. For additional information Tel: (757) 664-6200; Fax: (757) 664-6201.
June 14, 2007 - August 15, 2007 - Ithaca
A map exhibition that marks Cornell University Library's 100th anniversary as a federal depository is now on display in in the lower level of Olin Library. Maps, charts and atlases have been an important part of the federal depository library program since its inception. Over the last 100 years, the federal depository library program has provided over 200,000 maps to Cornell University Library, which is proud to be able to celebrate this anniversary with an exhibition of some of the U.S. government maps acquired through the program. The exhibit showcases a wide variety of government maps spanning those 100 years. It features map formats that are instantly recognizable, such as the USGS topo quads, and others that are less familiar, but no less interesting, including several maps of the local area contained in the U.S. Serial Set of Congressional Documents.
April 24, 2007 - August 17, 2007 - Chicago
A special exhibit now on view in the first floor lobby of University of Illinois at Chicago, Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan, is Building the Future City: Past Visions. The exhibit features maps, plans, books, and photographs documenting past visions and plans for the City of Chicago. Highlights include Burnham's Plan of Chicago (1902), construction of Lower Wacker Drive, and University of Illinois at Chicago campus construction.
May 19, 2007 - August 19, 2007 - Bradenton, Florida
Ahoy Ye Mateys! The central gulf coast of Florida is on alert for pirates throughout the summer! Virtually irresistible to both adults and young people; Pirates! Florida's East Coast Pirates, Scoundrels, Scalawags & Treasure! at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West; unfolds tales of real-life pirates to examine the social and economic forces that compelled their career choices and the pivotal role they played in the early history of the American colonies. See historical artifacts from the 16th and 17th century, shipwreck artifacts, documents and maps giving a chilling account of pirates who sailed the Gulf Stream.
July 14, 2007 - August 21, 2007 - Colorado Springs
On July 15, 1806, Zebulon Pike began his expedition to explore the southwest region of the Louisiana Purchase. Zebulon Pike's 1806 expedition journal, including maps drawn by him, and other National Archives documents will be on exhibit at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, 215 South Tejon Street. It documents Pike's attempt to climb the mountain that now bears his name.
July 18, 2007 - August 22, 2007 - Springfield, Missouri
Missouri State University's Meyer Library is currently hosting Mapping Missouri: Maps from the Collection of the Missouri State Archives. This display features reproductions of over 100 Missouri maps. The images range from a land survey map made by Antoine Soulard in St. Louis from 1796-1806, to the computer generated Lewis and Clark maps created by Jim Harlan and the University of Missouri's Geographic Resources Center in 2002. The exhibit explores the history of cartography in Missouri and the role maps have played in our everyday lives. This exhibit is located outside Special Collections on Meyer Library's 3rd level, 850 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy.
July 7, 2007 - August 30, 2007 - Edinburgh
Mapping Mountains, in Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd, is based on the original geological mapping of Scotland's Northwest Highlands. The 1880s maps and field sketches document the first steps to a worldwide understanding of how mountains are formed.
June 28, 2007 - August 31, 2007 - Lausanne
La cartographie du Léman, sponsored by the Council of Léman, Geneva Public Library, and the University of Lausanne, features maps of the area of Léman. Exhibition is in Bibliothèque cantonale et Unversitaire Lausanne.
August 2007 - Berkeley
The Changing Face of Europe includes books, maps, photos and artifacts from Doe Library's collections documenting the transformation of European politics and society in the aftermath of World War II and the Cold War. It looks at the way in which the Old World's nations and peoples addressed the problems of postwar reconstruction and focuses particular attention on the creation of the European Union and its attendant agencies, including the introduction of the Euro and the stresses which have accompanied political and economic unification. The exhibit is in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery of Doe Library, University of California Berkeley. It was developed by Sabine Bachofner, curatorial assistant, and James H. Spohrer, Librarian for the Germanic Collections.
July 5, 2007 - September 1, 2007 - Orleans, Massachusetts
The Orleans Historical Society's summer exhibit is 300 Years Mapping Orleans and Cape Cod From 1600 to 1900. The exhibit was curated locally and features more than 25 original maps of Cape Cod and Orleans from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. The oldest one in the collection depicts New England in 1631 and the "newest" map shows the town of Orleans and Rock Harbor in 1900. The exhibit may be viewed 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at the society's Meeting House Museum, Main Street and River Road.
April 6, 2007 - September 2, 2007 - Roanoke, Virginia
Westward Bound, Discovering Virginia Through Maps, at the Historical Society of Western Virginia Museum's revolving gallery, One Market Square, features works from the Library of Virginia. The exhibit will draw on both public and private collections of maps and related documents, prints, and equipment of the surveyor, cartographer, explorer and naturalist to tell the story of the young Commonwealth in the 17th and 18th centuries.
March 17, 2007 - September 3, 2007 - Richmond
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings, at the Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, utilizes rare surviving Native and European artifacts, maps, documents, and ceremonial objects from museums and royal collections on both sides of the Atlantic. The result is a path-breaking exhibition. A 1622 broadside advises English settlers on what to pack for their journey to the Virginia. A wampum belt from the French royal collection illustrates how gift-giving became an important tactic as the French sought alliances with the Huron people. Spanish armor engraved with Christian symbols exemplifies the religious dimension of the Spanish conquest of New Mexico. After showing at the VHS, the exhibition travels to the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis (October 28, 2007-March 16, 2008), the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Québec (May 9-September 7, 2008), the Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico (October 25, 2008-March 29, 2009), and the International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (May 18-October 31, 2009).
June 30, 2007 - September 5, 2007 - Edinburgh
Over the past 400 years, many Scots have traveled to and lived in India. Tea and Tigers is an exhibition at the National Library of Scotland, 33 Salisbury Place, that examines this historical relationship through the stories of some of those who made their mark there. About 20 original and facsimile maps are included. The maps range from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1815 (with a fetching elephant cartouche), to cholera maps in 1845, an unusual cloth map for visitors to the Delhi Durbar in 1911, and a jigsaw map from the 1950s. Maps relating to transport and communication include Post and Bangy Routes in 1838 (find out what bangy post was) a railway map, and a sequence of air charts following the route from Calais to Karachi about 1930.
November 18, 2006 - September 9, 2007 - Rotterdam
The Maritime Museum acquired the 'Corpus Christi collection' also known as 'the School of Geography collection'. This collection consists of 20 Dutch VOC sea charts (13 on vellum) and 10 English sea charts, all dating from the 17th century. The whole collection was donated to the Corpus Christi College in Oxford by Dr. Thomas Turner, president of the college between 1687-1714. Last year the collection was offered for sale by private treaty as a group. The Maritime Museum in Rotterdam was interested in acquiring this outstanding collection which has been hidden for more than 70 years in the library of the School of Geography in Oxford. It is an amazing collection with for instance eight charts of Joan Blaeu I and also some charts made by mapmakers in Batavia. This exhibition features material from 'Corpus Christi collection.'
April 25, 2007 - September 11, 2007 - Fredericksburg
Many people think of maps as just a way to get from one place to the next - especially for summer vacations. But through the years, maps have been used for many other reasons as well. From John Smith's early exploration map of Virginia to local land surveys and city plots to river guides and satellite imagery, there's more to mapping than one can imagine. All of these types of maps, and more, are on display in the Fredericksburg Area Museum's newest exhibition, The Cartographer's Perspective: Four Centuries of Virginia Maps. The exhibition is in the first floor gallery of the Museum, located at 907 Princess Anne Street.
May 1, 2007 - September 14, 2007 - Omaha
Criss Library, University of Omaha, has on display Land of Bones: Afghanistan in Historic Maps, a magnificent collection of historic maps and artifacts representing the land and the people of Afghanistan. It is open during regular library hours: Mon-Thu - 7:00 am - Midnight; Fri - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sat - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; and Sun - 12:00 pm - Midnight. For more information about the exhibition contact Shaista Wahab, Afghanistan Collections librarian, at 402-554.2404.
June 13, 2007 - Sept. 14, 2007 - Cincinnati
Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art in Contemporary Arts Center, Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, 44 E. 6th Street. Maps are intrinsically a reflection of society, politics, social issues and power. They also shape our view of the world. At the root of their power is our general acceptance of them as accurate. In this show, junior curator Clare Norwood explores the subjective nature of map making. The exhibit tackles everything from the naming of places to the reshaping of maps by natural and man-made disasters. Artists include Leila Daw, Jonathan Callan, Jay McCafferty, Radcliffe Bailey, Tim McMichael, Torben Giehler, Jimmy Baker, Aleksandra Mir, Brian Alfred, Yutaka Stone, Russell Crotty, Francis Alys, Quin Ga, Matt Coors, Bern Porter, Elin O'Hara Slavick and Mollie Oblinger.
June 19, 2007 - September 14, 2007 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Harvard Map Collection, Map Gallery, Pusey Library, will exhibit The New England Atlantic Neptune. This exhibit features a selection of title pages, charts and views from the New England volume of the Atlantic Neptune published by Joseph F.W. Des Barres. This selection was recently conserved and represents one of several editions of Des Barres' works among our collections. Exhibit is open Mon.-Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 6, 2007 - September 16, 2007 - Washington
Fabulous Journeys and Faraway Places: Travels on Paper, 1450-1700. Approximately 60 works of art on paper, nearly all from the National Gallery of Art's own collection, will lead viewers along an adventurous route through European perceptions of foreign realms from the 15th to the early 18th century. Most Europeans rarely ventured far from home during this period; others were curious and endured great discomforts to reach faraway places. Travel for religious purposes, especially pilgrimages, gradually gave way to the economic purposes of trade and was then joined by the intellectual excitement of exploration. To record their experiences and to satisfy demand for pictorial information about other countries, artists created delightful drawings and printed images. Some depict distant places and their inhabitants with varying degrees of accuracy, reflecting hard-won knowledge. Others are pure fantasy, based on imaginary travel accounts. Whether within Europe or in more exotic locations-Asia, Africa, and America-artists moved freely from practical accuracy to delightful fantasy in depicting landscapes, people, animals, and plants. The objects on view are splendid works of art that also yield insights into Europeans' conceptions about the world beyond their borders. The Museum is at 4th and Constitution Avenue NW.
May 12, 2007 - September 16, 2007 - Amsterdam
The exhibit Amsterdam in the World - the World in Amsterdam marks the opening of the University of Amsterdam Library's new building for the Special Collections. The new library is housed in the Vingboons buildings and the former St Bernardus Institution. Based on a thematically ordered choice of manuscripts, printed books, atlases, etchings and objects, the exhibit provides an overview of what has been produced in Amsterdam over the centuries on the one hand and texts that found their way to Amsterdam from abroad on the other.
June 24, 2007 - September 16, 2007 - Washington
The Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery this summer will present the largest show in its 19-year history, an unusual exploration of objects from the trading and colonization forays made by the early Portuguese explorers. Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries, will have 300 objects from Brazil, the Persian Gulf, Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan and China. The exhibit will take up so much space that some of it will overflow into the Smithsonian's adjacent National Museum of African Art. The show will include objects collected by Europe's leading families of the time, including the Habsburgs and the Medicis. The rich patrons of the arts gathered the rare objects in "cabinets of wonder" or other spaces, a practice that predated the formal museum. The trade route along West and Central Africa will be represented by hunting horns and saltcellars made of ivory. A section of religious works will include terra cotta statues from Brazil. Maps of the world as it was known during navigation by the Portuguese ships will be displayed. Another section will include scientific instruments made by Jesuit missionaries for the imperial Chinese court.
July 19, 2007 - September 19, 2007 - Cooperstown, New York
The exhibit, Cooperstown, 1807- 2007, in Images and Documents, features maps, historical photography, ephemera, county record and manuscripts drawn from the New York State Historical Association Research Library's permanent collection that offer insight into Cooperstown's history. It includes maps of the village from 1811, 1853 and 1868, which illustrate changes in the village over time, such as differences in streets, street names, construction of and changes in the buildings, and locations of landmarks and historic sites. The exhibit It is open to the public during regular Library hours, which are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library is next to the Fenimore Art Museum.
September 8-19, 2007 - Valletta, Malta
Heritage Malta is exhibiting a number of items connected with the Great Siege State Rooms of the Grand Master's Palace in Valletta. The exhibition consists of coins, medals and maps in use during the Great Siege. Heritage Malta has also put up panels with information about the frescos that were painted on the walls of the Supreme Council Hall giving the whole story of the siege in a narrative sequence, explaining the odds the Christian powers had to face, until finally emerging victorious.
June 29, 2007 - September 28, 2007 - Santa Barbara, California
Educational Turkish Maps at The Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street. On the discovery of the New World, Spain began a major effort to learn the geography of the entire world. Other countries also began such efforts. One such county, Turkey, stands out as notable. The maps in this exhibit are mostly such textbook map illustrations. On many, you will notice the exquisitely executed hand drawings/paintings of the characters representing various areas, along with flags, castles, and even galleons, ships and fish in the seas and oceans.
May 2007 - September 29, 2007 - Providence
John Carter Brown Library, MacMillan Reading Room, Brown University's College Green, George and Brown Streets, features Jamestown Matters, an exhibit created to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. Curator Susan Danforth, who oversees the library's world-class collection of early American maps and prints, fills out this story with a wealth of visual and historical detail. A 16th-century Venetian map, for example, shows that English settlers weren't the first Europeans to set foot on the banks of the James River. Spanish explorers had been there nearly a century before and had even established a small colony-San Miguel-on the same island that would eventually become Jamestown Settlement. Another remarkable document is a copy of a map drawn by Capt. John Smith, the English adventurer who almost single-handedly saved Jamestown from destruction. Printed in 1612, it provides a wealth of detail about the Chesapeake Bay region. Other maps and illustrated materials show the reasons the English invested in colonization in North America and some typical interactions between Europeans and Native Americans. Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm, Sat 9 am-noon.
July 13, 2007 - September 29, 2007 - Leipzig
On the occasion of 500th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig / Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstr. 6, presents Kartenschätze & Reisebeschreibungen aus der Ratsschulbibliothek Zwickau - historical map treasures and travel descriptions from the oldest public-scientific library of the Free State of Saxonia. Included are maps made by Hartmann Schedel, Claudius Ptolemäus, Francesco Rosselli , Martin Waldseemüller, Sebastian Münster, Peter Apian, Henricus Hondius, J. M. Hase, and Tobias Conrad Lotter.
March 28, 2007 - September 30, 2007 - Berlin
The exhibition Stadt auf Papier / Die Entstehung des modernen Stadtplans [City on paper / The emergence of the modern city plan] leads back to the beginnings of the modern city plan and into the time when Berlin became a metropolis. Since when does the city plan fit into the jacket pocket? How does the railway change the city plan picture? What do plans tell about the city, what they conceal? At the Mitte Museum, Palais am Festungsgraben, Am Festungsgraben 1.
July 2, 2007 - September 30, 2007 - Tavares, Florida
The Lake County Historical Museum, located at 317 W. Main Street, introduced a new exhibit in Gallery IV titled Spanish Pathways Through Florida. The exhibit includes a host of information and artifacts about Hernando De Soto's expedition for gold that originated from Charlotte Harbor, Fla., in 1539. The conquistador's expedition through the Southeast lasted until 1542, when de Soto died of fever near the Mississippi River in Arkansas. Along the way, the expedition endured rough terrain, harsh weather and many ambushes and conflicts. Early maps are included in the exhibit.
August - September 2007 - Ithaca
Let Us Go to Another Country ..., an exhibit of maps related to the 2007 Community read, "The Pickup," by Nadine Gordimer, is on exhibit at the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street. The exhibit will help readers to visualize the places in the novel and to understand some of the political history behind the novel.
May 5, 2007 - October 7, 2007 - various Belgium and France
Vauban entre Sambre et Meuse, 1707-2007. Traveling exhibition:
5-20 May 2007: Givet
26 May-10 June 2007: Mariembourg
14 June-1 July 2007: Le Quesnoy
7 July-2 September 2007: Namur
8-23 September 2007: Dinant
24 September-7 October 2007: Charieville
Sébastien Le Prestre, lord of Vauban, played a key role in the 18th century military campaign of Louis XIV. As military engineer in charge of fortifications, he has transformed a number of strategic cities on the borders of France, particularly on both sides of the current Franco-Belgian limits. Nine Belgian and French cities have joined efforts to organize a series of events to mark the 300th anniversary of Vauban's death. These comprise an exhibition which shows how Vauban planned and transformed these cities into formidable strongholds - for his time, and even until the end of the 19th century; the exhibits include many maps and plans.
August 23, 2007 - October 7, 2007 - Aarau, Switzerland
February 10th, 2007, is regarded as the bicentennial of the founding of the U.S. Coast Survey (today National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The supervision of these works, which can be considered as the basis of the American ordnance survey, was given to Ferdinand Rudolf Hassler (1770 - 1843), a Swiss emigrant from Aarau. The Stadtmuseum Aarau has a small exhibition on the historical importance of Hassler, Swiss Pioneer for US Surveying, Mapping and Standards. The exhibit will move to and Museum Murten (October 18 - December 2, 2007).
July 2007 - October 20, 2007 - Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland
Currently on display at the Mary March Provincial Museum, 24 St. Catherine Street, is the exhibit entitled Newfoundland's French Shore Depicted, 1713-1904. It was put together by the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2004 as part of the celebration of the French Shore in Newfoundland. The archive display contains many photographs and maps depicting French settlement in Newfoundland throughout the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
April 15, 2007 - Oct. 21, 2007 - Princeton
The evolution of the map of Africa is presented in an exhibition of historic maps and European explorers' narratives from the Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in the main exhibition gallery of Firestone Library. To the Mountains of the Moon: Mapping African Exploration, 1541-1880 will feature some of the most historically significant maps of Africa by major cartographers such as Sebastian Müenster, Abraham Ortelius, Willem Janszoon Blaeu and Vincenzo Coronelli. The show will have a particular focus on the journeys of missionary David Livingstone, adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton and journalist Henry Morton Stanley. Exhibition cases also will cover the expeditions of two dozen of the other most noted European explorers in Africa, including Sir Samuel White Baker, Heinrich Barth, James Bruce, René Caillié, Mungo Park and John Hanning Speke. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An illustrated exhibition catalog featuring a foldout timeline of European exploration in Africa may be purchased for $20. For more information on the library exhibition, contact John Delaney, curator of the library's Historic Maps Collection, at (609) 258-6156.
October 1, 2007 - October 26, 2007- Tsukuba, Japan
The World of Historical Maps - Maps of the world and their printing blocks is an exhibit at University of Tsukuba Library. Open 9:00am to 7:00pm, Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
September 23, 2007 - October 27, 2007 - Three Rivers, Michigan
An exhibit celebrating Thomas Jefferson's love of science, The Sciences ... My Supreme Delight, is at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, 107 North Main Street. The display features late 18th- and early 19th-century furniture, scientific instruments and maps from the collection of Paul Millikan.
March 17, 2007 - October 28, 2007 - Bath
Dollar Princesses (American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy in the late 19th century) crossed the Atlantic as brides - Pocahontas, daughter of chief Powhatan, did the same almost 400 years ago. Her story is told in The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, in the exhibition Atlantic Crossings along with the histories of explorers, adventurers and would-be settlers who travelled in the opposite direction: Norsemen, Columbus, Cabot, and the colonists of Roanoke and Jamestown, Virginia, which in 2007 will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of its founding. The exhibition will feature sixteenth-century maps and prints - some rare, some beautiful - from the museum's Dallas Pratt collection.
May 20, 2007 - October 28, 2007 - Shelburne, Vermont
Porche posters, the Koran and antique maps have one thing in common: They belong to an eclectic, celebrity-driven exhibit, Got eBay? Celebrity Collections Created Online, at Shelburne Museum, 5555 Shelburne Rd. For the show, the museum gave notable people -- including comic Jerry Seinfeld, Mick Jagger's former wife, Bianca, NASCAR driver Keven Lepage, New York-based musician-artist John Lurie, and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas -- $1,000 each to bid for items on the Internet auction site, creating their own collections. Douglas bought several Vermont-related items, including antique maps.
July 25, 2007 - October 28, 2007 - Stanford, California
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces the exhibition Yosemite's Structure and Textures: Photographs by Eadweard Muybridge, Carleton Watkins, Ansel Adams, and Others. Fifty photographs plus maps, guidebooks, and stereo prints present the geological wonders of Yosemite Valley and its surrounding High Sierra peaks.
March 3, 2007 - November 11, 2007 - St. Gallen, Switzerland
In honor of the 22nd International Conference on the History of Cartography meeting in Berne, the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen, Klosterhof 6 D, will have an exhibition of maps and atlases Karten und Atlanten Handschriften und Drucke vom 8. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert [Manuscripts and Prints from the 8th to 18th Century]. An exhibition catalog (ISBN 3-906616-83-5) was written by Anton von Euw, Theres Flury, Karl Schmuki and Ernst Tremp.
September 17, 2007 - November 16, 2007 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
A Celebration of Sea Charts: The 200th Anniversary of the U.S. Coast Survey will be on exhibit at the Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library. In addition to two Coast Survey copperplates and their respective printed charts, the exhibit includes Henrick Doncker's 1659 West Indische Pascaert, Van Keulen's ca. 1705 De Baay en Stadt van Gibraltar, John William's 1799 Chart of Cape Cod, Colnett's 1794 manuscript chart of Galapagos, Maury's 1852 Wind and Current chart of the North Atlantic, Oxholm's 1799 Charte oven den Danske oe St. Croix, Romein de Hooghe's 1694 Carte nouvelle de la Mer Mediterranee, Charles Wilkes 1837 Chart of Georges Shoal, and a 1713 manuscript atlas of Curacao and many more. The exhibit is open Monday- Friday, 9 am - 5 pm except for University holidays For details contact David Cobb at 617-495-2417.
July 20, 2007 - November 18, 2007 - Fremantle, Australia
European map-makers, from at least the 14th century, depicted a vast irregularly shaped region across the bottom of the globe that they labelled Terra Incognita - 'Unknown Land'. So it remained until intellectual curiosity began to grapple with the puzzles of its existence. The exhibition Voyages of Grand Discovery focuses on some of the great European voyages that helped to unravel the mysteries of the South Land or Terra Australis. Motivated by desires to expand their empires, to find new trading partners and commercial opportunities European maritime nations began searching for new sea routes to the East. Exhibition is in the Western Australian Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay.
Until November 24, 2007 - New Smyrna Beach, Florida
The New Smyrna Museum of History's exhibit, The Early Surveying and Mapping of Southeast Volusia County includes rare, old maps and surveys of the area and several surveying instruments and tools from various collections. The exhibit features a copy of a 1605 map of the area, which was obtained from the St. Augustine Institute of Science and Historical Society. The original is probably in the archives of Seville, Spain. Also included is a rare manuscript map of surveys done of East Volusia from 1834 to 1850 and Sanborn fire insurance maps of the city from 1895 and 1901. The museum is at 120 Sams Ave, and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and closed Sundays and Mondays.
October 13, 2007 - November 24, 2007 - Lafayette, Louisiana
Mapping Uncharted Territory: William Clark's Mapping Efforts will be showing in the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion Street, Small Gallery. This traveling exhibition from the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center includes Captain Clark's historic maps illustrating the formidable task of charting the West from 1804-1806. The exhibit provides glimpses into the methods Captain Clark used to create field maps and compile them into his 1810 map of western North America.
July 28, 2007 - November 25, 2008 - Venice
Venice's ancient links to Islam will be explored in a major new show, Venice And The Islamic World, 828-1797, in the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace. The exhibition charts the relationship between the Mediterranean's major trading hub and Egypt, Syria, Persia and the Ottoman Empire. Over 200 objects from 60 museums in Europe and America and prestigious Venetian collections will go on show, including paintings, books, glassware, metalwork, precious fabrics and pottery. An impressive collection of maps traces Venice's trade links with the East. The exhibit will span nearly a thousand years of trade and art, starting in 828, when two Venetian merchants made off with the body of St Mark from Alexandria. It closes in 1797, when the Venetian Republic's glory came to an end at the hands of Napoleon's troops. A catalogue is published by Marsilio.
May 17, 2007 - November 30, 2007 - Kansas City, Missouri
Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas will feature forty-three star atlases and maps from the Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry Street, rare book collection; covering the period from 1482 to 1851, as well as 15 recent acquisitions. They capture the sweeping grandeur of the heavens and are among the most beautiful scientific books ever made. They were works of science, first and foremost, but these atlases nevertheless have a universal appeal. The blending of star maps with constellation figures in a grand and monumental format is hard for anyone to resist.
September 28, 2007 - November 30, 2007 - Graham, Texas
The free exhibit, Cowboy Life, will be displayed at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center, 510 Third Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Doug Harman, former CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been collecting "since before he was born," he said. More than 1,000 items of cowboy memorabilia from his collection, including lots of old Texas maps, will be displayed. For information call (940) 549-1470.
November 2007 - Chicago
The Mapping of an Institution is at Brookfield Zoo. As a participant in the Chicago Maps Festival, Chicago Zoological Society will exhibit historic Brookfield Zoo maps, blueprints, models, sketches, drawings, and other documents in the Discovery Center Lobby. The exhibit will showcase the zoo's past growth and future plans, and the evolution of the Chicago Zoological Society. Free to members and zoo guests with general admission.
January 13, 2007 - December 1, 2007 - Scotland
Over twenty maps as facsimiles, as well as three original military maps, will form part of the Fonn's Duthchs (Land and Legacy) exhibition to commemorate the Year of Highland Culture (2007). Organised collaboratively, with material drawn from the collections of the National Museums of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, and the National Library of Scotland, the exhibition will be in:
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery 13 Jan-17 Mar
Glasgow Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 6 April-10 June
Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland 29 June-2 Sept
Stornoway Museum nan Eilean 21 Sept -1 Dec
October 18, 2007 - December 2, 2007 - Murten, Switzerland
February 10th, 2007, is regarded as the bicentennial of the founding of the U.S. Coast Survey (today National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The supervision of these works, which can be considered as the basis of the American ordnance survey, was given to Ferdinand Rudolf Hassler (1770 - 1843), a Swiss emigrant from Aarau. The Museum Murten has a small exhibition on the historical importance of Hassler, Swiss Pioneer for US Surveying, Mapping and Standards.
July 31, 2007 - December 3, 2007 - Chicago
Drawing on the printed collections of the Ryerson Art Library and the Burnham Library of Architecture The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue presents The Capital of the 19th Century: Paris in Maps. The exhibit highlights urban and architectural developments throughout the city of Paris in the period 1789-1914. Using as a basis maps from "Atlas municipal des vingt arrondissements de la ville de Paris" (Paris : Service d'architecture et des promenades et plantations, (1910)), the exhibition will illustrate the transformation of the capital of France into the "capital of the nineteenth century." This exhibition is part of the city-wide Festival of Maps.
November 5, 2007 - December 5, 2007 - Chicago
The Illinois State Geological Survey, as its contribution to the Chicago Festival of Maps, will exhibit Geologic Maps: Understanding the Complicated World beneath Our Feet at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street. Maps and three-dimensional images make the powerful connection between the relatively flat landscapes covering most of the state and the complex geological features hidden below. For more than a century, geological maps have had a significant impact on the economic well-being and safety of Illinois residents. Today, sophisticated geological maps are being used to meet current challenges related to global climate change, water location and safety, mineral resources, and natural hazards. Of special interest to Chicago residents are historic and current aerial images of the metropolitan and suburban areas; a recent geologic map of Chicagoland; and information and images about Lake Michigan shoreline mapping, the meteorite impact area that touches O'Hare, and the Chicago flood. Also included is a visual history of statewide geological maps from the 1800s to the present. Other maps show the location of energy, mineral, and water resources; potential engineering and earthquake hazards; and areas susceptible to groundwater contamination. Open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
November 2, 2007- December 6, 2007 - Miami
The Way We Live, an exhibition of maps, art and scientific data illustrating the impact of human consumption on the global environment is on display at Maps Imagery User Services, Florida International University, University Park, GL 273. This exhibit is open to all between 9:30-5:30, Monday-Friday. For more information phone 305.348.0150.
October 5, 2007 - December 7, 2007 - Ketchum, Idaho
A surprising number of contemporary artists are making work that incorporates maps or cartography. Many use mapping to explore social, cultural and political geographies. Some use maps to rearrange the world; others use them to explore the way that maps reinforce political power. Still others use maps to create their own fictional worlds. The exhibition Lines in the Earth: Maps, Power and the Imagination asks viewers to consider the ways artists have used maps as the basis for questioning the very order they impose. The exhibit is at Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 5th Street East.
November 8, 2007 - December 7, 2007 - Beijing
An exhibition, Tian zi guo du yin xiang (Visioni del Celeste Impero), commemorating the 37th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Italy diplomatic relations, is being hold in National Library of China. The exhibition is co-sponsored by National Library of China, Italian Wei Kuangguo (Mamino Martini) Research Center, Oceanographic Museum of Genoa, and Embassy of Italy in China. It is the first time the history of western cartography is presented in China. The exhibition presents the culture communication between east and west in the early days. The items on display have been provided by China and Italy. Italy has provided 41 maps, drawn by westerners from the 14th century to the 19th century, which reflects the gradual understanding of westerners for China. The National Library of China has presented lots of rare books and treasures.
March 23, 2007 - December 14, 2007 - Reno, Nevada
The Nevada Historical Society, 1650 North Virginia Street, will host the exhibition The Central Pacific Railroad and the Comstock that highlights Nevada's first railroad and an important part of the nations first transcontinental railroad. The exhibition was created through a partnership between the Nevada Historical Society and the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. It illustrates how the discovery of the Comstock Lode in late 1859 defined the route of the Central Pacific Railroad. Maps, photographs, artwork, artifacts, and newspaper clippings will be exhibited.
September 3, 2007 - December 14, 2007 - Hanover, Indiana
In 1768, a British navy captain, his crew and scientists set sail into the unknown, returning with drawings and maps that thrilled and inspired. Their explorations, observations and findings will help change forever our interest in, and understanding of, the "world beyond the horizon." Hanover College's Duggan Library presents an exhibit describing the amazing Voyages of Captain James Cook.
November 1, 2007 - December 14, 2007 - Evanston (Chicago)
Rare African Maps, 1561-1915 features a remarkable site of antique maps of Africa and accompanying text dating from the mid 16th Century to the early 20th Century. The maps, on display at Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Drive, will be shown in both their original and digital forms, are authentic and originally collected by the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (or the Africana Library) at Northwestern University. The digitization project of these maps was a collaborative effort among many people at Northwestern and is expected to be expanded to include other antique maps and atlases of Africa held by the University Libraries. This is part of Chicago's Festival of Maps.
September 21, 2007 - December 15, 2007 - Northfield, Minnesota
The illustrations, maps, and graphs published in government documents identify significant features of the nation's geographical, political, biological, cultural, and human landscapes. Identifying Features: 150 Years of Illustrations, Maps, Graphs and Charts from Government Documents highlights the breadth of resources published in government documents over the past 140 years, from finely detailed illustrations of copper-bearing rocks, to documentary photographs of bird wings, to graphs describing crime statistics. Exhibit is on the 4th Floor, Laurence McKinley Gould Library of Carleton College. The Gould Library is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. For more information call (507) 646-4260.
July 17, 2007 - December 22, 2007 - Cambridge, England
How do we form our ideas about the countries in which we live? Even in the age of car and train, personal observation only carries us so far: we rely as well on reports from those who have travelled more widely, purposefully and inquisitively than we have ourselves. The exhibition Through the Whole Island: Excursions in Great Britain, at the Cambridge University Library, illustrates how the people of Great Britain, together with visitors from overseas, have explored England, Scotland and Wales, and described, explained, praised and criticized what they found. Private diaries allowed travellers to record and reflect on their experiences, maps and guidebooks have given directions. Open Monday- Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30, Sunday closed. Also closed 27 August and 16-23 September inclusive. Additional information from email@example.com.
September 13, 2007 - December 24, 2007 - Milwaukee
Photographs from the Ends of the Earth at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, features photos and maps from the American Geographical Society Library. Since its invention in the mid-nineteenth century, photography has played an invaluable role in the exploration and documentation of unknown geographical territory--the Earth's polar regions among them. Many photographers, rather than simply recording the landscape encountered on these polar expeditions, seized upon the capabilities of the photograph as an artistic medium to capture the unique visual and psychological experience of the region. Artists to this day continue to be inspired by the spare, Arctic and Antarctic landscapes--their imaginations often set alight by the images of the nineteenth-century photographers who first ventured there. A selection of these rarely seen nineteenth-century photographs will be among the works featured in this fascinating and timely exhibition comprised of approximately 65 photographs and stereographs dating from 1860 to the present day. Included will be images of the Arctic from the Isaac Israel Hayes expedition of 1869, Count Wilczek's 1872 Arctic travels, and Robert Peary's expeditions of 1898-1902, among others, and contemporary photographs by Subhankar Banerjee, Diane Cook, Rena Bass Forman, John Holmgren, and Stuart Klipper. These photographs may one day be all that remain of a region now providing the most extreme evidence of our rapidly warming climate. This exhibition was organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum in collaboration with the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries and curated by Lisa Hostetler, assistant curator of photographs.
November 2, 2007 - December 25, 2007 - Chicago
Maps of Poland is on display at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The exhibition is drawn from the Museum's substantial and representative collection of maps, predominantly of Poland, and provides an overview of the cartography of Poland over five centuries. The earliest European maps were woodcuts and among the oldest are the city views from Liber Chronicarum (called the Nuremburg Chronicle) published in 1493 by Anton Koberger in Germany. The Polish Museum is fortunate to possess a copy of the double-page view of Cracovia (Krakow) from that edition, as well as woodcuts from the 16th century. There are maps by some of the most renowned cartographers of the 17th and 18th centuries, including Ortelius, Janson, Homann, Moll, Seutter, Vaugondy, Rizzi Zannoni, and Lotter. The Museum is closed on Thursday but open the other 6 days from 11:00am - 4:00pm. This is part of Chicago's Festival of Maps.
October 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007 - Minneapolis
The Map that Named America: 1507-2007 is a public exhibit of rare, original documents related to early travel, including the James Ford Bell Library's original 1507 Waldseemüller gores globe, the first map to include the word "America." The exhibit is in T.R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, 309-19th Avenue South. 2007 is the 500th birthday of the Waldseemüller globe, created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller and printed from an engraved woodblock to depict newly-discovered lands in the western Atlantic. The map's details were drawn from sailors' charts and other documents, including the popular account of explorer Amerigo Vespucci. It was purchased in 1954 by Minnesota industrialist James Ford Bell and is now part of the collection of the University of Minnesota's James Ford Bell Library. The exhibit also includes an original version of the Cosmographiae Introductio (the 1509 book printed to explain and accompany the Waldseemuller map), original 16th century manuals and texts on navigation, and other period documents. Open Monday-Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
September 22, 2007 - December 31, 2007 - Newburyport, Massachusetts
The Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, features Commerce, Culture and Community: Newburyport and Foreign Trade 1790-1890, which showcases the lives of local sailors, shipbuilders and traders. "It's about Newburyport people and how they traded," said Carol McPherson, curator of the museum. Among the items on display are a series of framed navigational charts that local sea captains used to travel the world. They include the maps of the Gulf of Mexico, Scandinavia and waterways throughout the globe. McPherson said they are the charts "from where our men went."
May 2006 - December 2007 - Deerfield, Massachusetts
Engraved Powder Horns from the French and Indian War and the American Revolution: The William H. Guthman Collection will be on display at the Flynt Center of Early American Life in Historic Deerfield. A highlight of the Guthman Collection is the horn of Israel Putnam. He commanded the Connecticut patriots at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and is memorialized for his service by a statue in Bushnell Park across from the state capitol in Hartford. His horn, created almost 20 years before that famous fight, not only identifies him as a Captain in the famous Roger's Rangers along with the location and date but also includes "a plan of the Stations / From Albony to /Lake George/ The River, The Road." This inclusion of a map and/or architectural drawings of forts and other features is a rare feature that firmly places these horns in context.
September - December 2007 - Portland, Oregon
Maps of the Pacific Northwest from the collection of Robert L. Hamm is on display at Lewis and Clark College, Watzek Library, Special Collections, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd. This exhibit documents the evolution of the Pacific Northwest's depiction in maps, beginning with Münster's 1580 map of the world and concluding with modern depictions of the Pacific Northwest from the late 1800s. The maps in this exhibit are on loan from Lewis & Clark College alum, Robert L. Hamm. A 24 page catalog was published by Berberis Press, Lewis and Clark College Special Collections