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May 2, 2009 - January 1, 2010 - Mystic,
Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark, The Quivira Collection, an exhibition of rare and historic maps dating from 1544 to 1802, will be at Mystic Seaport. On loan from the private collection of Henry and Holly Wendt of Washington, the traveling exhibit features more than 30 historic maps, illustrations and books. The exhibit takes viewers along a chronological journey, beginning with the collection's oldest map - a rare 1544 woodcut by Sebastian Munster - and ending with Thomas Jefferson's decision to commission the Corps of Discovery.
November 3, 2007 - January 3, 2010 - Texas
The exhibit, titled Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps, consists of 64 historic maps from the Yana and Marty Davis map collection dating from 1548 to 2006. The exhibit will have maps that deal with railroads, shipping and trading posts. The maps range from 16th-century exploration to the development of airlines. The book "Going to Texas" is based on the exhibit (Texas Christian University Press, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0875653440). This exhibit will travel around Texas during its two-year tour. It can be seen at:
Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture in Dallas - November 3, 2007 - February 28, 2008
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon - March 13, 2008 - April 24, 2008
Museum of the Southwest in Midland - May 8, 2008 - June 19, 2008
Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University in Waco - July 3, 2008 - August 14, 2008
Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg - September 10, 2008 - October 12, 2008
Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock- November 6, 2008 - December 14, 2008
Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine - January 2, 2009 - February 21, 2009
Centennial Museum in El Paso - March 5, 2009 - April 16, 2009
Old Jail Art Center in Albany - June 6, 2009 - September 6, 2009
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth - November 6, 2009 - January 3, 2010
May 23, 2009 - January 3, 2010 - Greenwich
Adventure, failure and disaster in one of the most hostile environments on Earth will be the subjects tackled in a new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. North-West Passage: An Arctic Obsession features more than 120 objects including maps, letters and native Inuit artefacts, aimed at bringing British exploration of the Arctic to life.
September 8, 2009 - January 3, 2010 - Austin, Texas
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, will present the exhibition Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works, showcasing items from the center's science collection that survey some of the most important astronomical discoveries of the last 500 years. Coinciding with the International Year of Astronomy, Other Worlds displays how the historical role of astronomy has come to influence the way the modern world is perceived. The exhibition spans history as it examines the evolution of astronomy. Drawing from a variety of sources, the exhibition features books, photographs and original illustrations. With more than 40 rare editions of works by astronomers such as Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe, Other Worlds includes works by the individuals whose ideas revolutionized astronomical thought. Highlights include the Coronelli celestial globe (1688); Copernicus's De Revolutionibus (1543); first editions of works by Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton; and the first map of the moon. Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works can be seen at the Ransom Center on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended Thursday hours to 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays.
October 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010 - Frisco,
Artifacts and memorabilia that pay homage to The Shawnee Trail and explores and depicts authentic Texas cattle drives are on display for the first time ever at the Frisco Heritage Museum, 6455 Page Street. The exhibit, installed on the second floor of the Heritage Museum, is made possible by former Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO, Doug Harman, and consists of clothing, accessories, maps, spurs, guns, and saddles.
September 12, 2009 - January 7, 2010 - New York
Exploring the beginnings of New York as a pluralistic seaport and crossroads of goods and cultures that continues to shape American character and identity, the South Street Seaport Museum, 207 Front Street, will present New Amsterdam: The Island at the Center of the World. The exhibition will be the centerpiece of a citywide celebration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of New York's harbor under the Dutch flag. The program will commemorate the founding of New Amsterdam by Dutch traders who planted the seed for enduring American characteristics, such as diversity, tolerance, and free trade. New Amsterdam: Island at the Center of the World will offer insight into Manhattan's fabled past as America's greatest natural harbor. The Dutch established the harbor before the British took control of it in 1664, a period in New York's history that has long been overlooked. Forward-thinking Dutch recognized the importance of New York as a gateway into the new world and played a significant role in the development of the port from a remote trading post into a global economic, cultural, and political center. The exhibition will narrate the story of Manhattan's beginnings with more than 50 rare maps, landscapes, broadsides, prints, portraits, and letters, illuminating 17th-century New York life. These artifacts will be accompanied by maps of important world cities of the era, allowing visitors to learn about the founding of New York in the context of international urban history and growing trade networks. New Amsterdam: Island at the Center of the World will be organized into three thematic sections. One section is dedicated to the work of 17th-century cartographer Johannes Vingboons, who drew hundreds of maps of cities and trading posts worldwide. The maps serve as a window into the competitive arena of global commerce in the 1600s, showing the settlements of Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch trading companies in places as far flung as Nova Scotia and Japan. Visitors will be able to trace the origins of the first generation of New Yorkers who traveled thousands of miles across the sea to work in, and ultimately settle, New Amsterdam, which quickly emerged as a 17th-century global trade hub. Another section includes rare maps, views, and plans of Manhattan Island from the 1660s.
September 18, 2009 - January 9, 2010 - Washington
Early modern Europeans imagined China as a land of wonder, of riches, and of enormous opportunity. The exhibition Imagining China: The View from Europe, 1550-1700 displays rare books and maps from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, along with items from the Library of Congress and the Walters Arts Museum. Exhibition is at Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE.
November 24, 2009 - January 9, 2010 - Christchurch, New
Intriguing and rarely seen early maps, including the meticulous cartography of Abel Tasman's early discoveries and Captain Cook's explorations from the First and Second Voyages, are on exhibition at Our City O-Tautahi, corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace. The exhibition Finding New Zealand - how maps show the exploration and development of New Zealand delivers a taste of the excitement and wonder of 'newly' discovered lands. The exhibition is jointly curated by Paul Arnold, proprietor of the Antique Print Gallery in New Regent Street, and Neil McKinnon of Timaru, the New Zealand representative of the International Map Collectors' Society. Also featured are maps from the 18th Century Italian cartographer Antonio Zatta, who published an atlas in four-volumes. This atlas was the first to show the whole of New Zealand and a map of Australasia recording Captain Cook's Voyages. The maps are a rare opportunity to voyage with Captain Cook and 'view' features as he may have experienced them. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Admission is free.
February 6, 2009 - January 10, 2010 - Springfield
To celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the Illinois State Museum presents an interdisciplinary exhibition entitled From Humble Beginnings: Lincoln's Illinois 1830-1861 which will explore the Illinois that Lincoln knew through objects and stories of the people who lived here. Objects and artifacts from the exhibition include maps of Illinois from the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s.
June 13, 2009 - January 10, 2010 - Yonkers, New York
When Henry Hudson's vessel, the Half Moon, sailed into New York Harbor in 1609, his voyage marked the unfolding of a New World. The Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, will mark the anniversary of Hudson's voyage to the New World with the exhibition Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture. The exhibition will explore the Dutch legacy of a liberal, capitalist and multicultural environment that permeated the colony of New Netherland and still characterizes New York City today. The museum will bring the story of Dutch influence to life through paintings, decorative arts, maps and ephemera drawn from the museum's collections and from other museums, including the Museum of the City of New York, the National Gallery of Art, the New York Historical Society, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and Yale University Art Gallery.
September 18, 2009 - January 10, 2010 - Prato, Italy
The Style of the Tsar exhibition at Prato Textile Museum, Via Santa Chiara 24, will include exhibits from the collections of the most important Russian museums as The State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, the Kremlin Museums and the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow as well as items from many Italian institutes including Polo Museale Fiorentino museums. The exhibition will bring together approximately 150 works of art illustrating the way in which cultural, trade and diplomatic relations developed between Italy and the Grand Duchy of Moscow, especially as a result of the trading of Italian textiles. There are three parts to the exhibition, and the second part uses a series of maps and travel diaries written by merchants and ambassadors of the time to outline the territory of the Grand Duchy of Moscow and provide an image of the tsar.
September 27, 2009 - January 10, 2010 - Houston
To mark the 40th anniversary of man´s landing on the moon, the Museum of Fine Arts presents The Moon: "Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle has Landed," an exhibition that chronicles man´s enduring fascination over five centuries with our nearest planetary neighbor. Ranging from moonlit landscapes by the Old Masters and the Impressionists, to Ansel Adams´ iconic Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941) and shots famously taken on the moon by the members of Apollo 11, the exhibition provides a dazzling overview of five centuries of moon-gazing. In addition, early scientific instruments, books, moon globes, maps, Galileo Galilei´s 1610 treatise on the moon, and objects from NASA will be on view. The Moon will be presented in the Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street.
October 18, 2009 - January 10, 2010 - Minneapolis
the Louvre and the Masterpiece is an exhibit of more than 60 artworks, including Vermeer's "The Astronomer," on loan from the Louvre museum in Paris. A related exhibit Night Sky in the Age of Vermeer: 'The Astronomer' in Context is a show of 17th century prints, maps and objects including an astrolabe, a celestial globe and a book shown in the Vermeer painting. Both exhibitions can be seen at Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South.
November 12, 2009 - January 10, 2010 - Madison, New
Fairleigh Dickinson University Library's collection of Geographical maps of Afghanistan will be display at FDU Library from Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, 2 - 10 p.m. The Library is located at 285 Madison Avenue. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 973-443-8515 or x8516.
December 3, 2009 - January 10, 2010 - New York
A new exhibit at Ellis Island National Monument draws attention to a seldom-noted fact. When Henry Hudson discovered New York Harbor 400 years ago last September 11, Native Americans were already there. They were the Lenape, aka Lenni Lenape ("the true people"). The Lenape homeland included not only the area now occupied by New York City, but also a large territory that extended between the Delaware and lower Hudson Rivers and included all of New Jersey as well as parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Lenape: Ellis Island's First Inhabitants integrates a variety of materials, including prehistoric artifacts, antique books, maps, archival photographs, traditional Lenape clothing and crafts, ceremonial objects, illustrations, paintings and dioramas, bronze sculptures, and documentary films, that create a historical narrative. The exhibit can be viewed in the third floor galleries of the Ellis Island Museum, which is located in the refurbished Main Building.
October 16, 2009 - January 16, 2010 - Vatican City
The Astrum 2009 exhibition in the Vatican Museums will showcase astronomical instruments over four centuries old next to the most modern counterparts. The exhibit includes some 130 objects, including instruments, maps, manuscripts of Galileo Galilei, models of the Ptolemaic and Copernican systems, paintings, photographs, codes and books. The exhibition coincides with the International Year of Astronomy, promoted by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO.
June 25, 2009 - January 17, 2010 - Manchester
A unique collection of rare Manchester maps reveals how worries about congestion and binge drinking were just as prevalent 100-years-ago as they are today. The drawings, part of an exhibition of 80 maps unseen in public for up to 200 years, can be seen at The Historic Reading Room, John Rylands Library, Deansgate. On display at Mapping Manchester - Cartographic Stories of the City is material held by The University of Manchester and other institutions in the city, including generous loans of materials from the Manchester City Library and Archives, Chetham's Library and the Manchester Geographical Society. There is an e-catalogue edited by Martin Dodge and Chris Perkins on-line at http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/m.dodge/mappingmanchester//e-catalogue.pdf.
October 2, 2009 - January 17, 2010 - Santa Rosa,
It has been 41 years since Apollo 8, the first manned space mission to escape the gravitational field of earth. One of the lasting images from that mission, and one of the most influential of all time, is the photograph Earthrise. The image of the earth, out in space, inspired a new consciousness of the planet and its place in the universe. Reaching back much further in time, yet exploring a similar leap forward, is the exhibition Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps 1472-1700 at the Sonoma County Museum, 425 7th Street. The exhibition delves into the journey to understanding the world, its true size and shape, as well as its place in the system of heavenly bodies. At the core of this exhibition are thirty maps that originated in the major centers of post-Renaissance Europe and are now in the private collection of Henry and Holly Wendt. The Museum exhibited another collection of maps belonging to the Wendts in 2004 in the exhibition "Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark." While that exhibition focused on the exploits of explorers, Envisioning the World focuses on an adventure of the mind. It takes the viewer from simple "T and O" maps that fused medieval Christian thought with sources dating back to the ancient Greeks, all the way to highly complex charts that display an advanced understanding of the world and the motions of the heavenly bodies. Following the intellectual thread of western culture, it is a story that touches on ancient Greek scholars, famous astronomers such as Copernicus, the navigators of the great age of exploration and the interplay between the growth of scientific thought and the power of the church. The maps themselves are also great works of art, reflecting rapid improvement in printing and engraving techniques.
October 10, 2009 - January 17, 2010 - Kleinburg,
Land is identity in Inuit art. According to the western viewpoint, maps are visual representations that clearly define and mark geographical locations and boundaries, but for the Inuit of Cape Dorset (Kinngait), Nunavut, maps are a mode of storytelling. And every piece of land has a story to tell at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection's (10365 Islington Avenue) new exhibit, Nunannguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth, which features a large selection of prints, drawings, and sculptures spanning three generations of Cape Dorset artists. "The Inuit's approach to mapping was based mostly on oral tradition," explains Anna Stanisz, exhibition curator. "The Inuit based maps on orientation points such as the best meeting places and hunting grounds or the perfect place to go fishing, and these all served as sources of communication and information." Stanisz explains that before the explorers set foot in the Arctic, the Inuit traveled throughout the vast land without the use of maps or any other written documentation. They instead counted on their geographic knowledge, which had been passed through many generations by oral means. And this is why Stanisz decided to use the word "Nunannguaq" as the first word in the exhibition. The word translates into "in the likeness of the earth," in Inuktitut, and Stanisz thought this was fitting since the art featured in the exhibition relays the Inuit concept that the land could never be fully captured - there was always a sense of mystery and elusiveness. The drawings of maps at the McMichael interweave collective memories of previous trips with environmental information to be passed on to fellow travelers, such as alerts about the changing landscape, the directions of winds or the conditions of snow and ice. The bulk of the collection of historical maps in the McMichael exhibition date back the early 1900s, when European explorers journeyed to Canada's Arctic, eager to carve out a piece of themselves. They asked the region's residents for help to map out the wide and wondrous new land they had arrived in. The result of that venture now hangs on the walls of the McMichael. The historical Inuit maps displayed in Nunannguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth provides an important visual context to the early works of Cape Dorset artists.
October 30, 2009 - January 24, 2010 - Vatican City
A new Vatican exhibit highlights the life of a Jesuit missionary whose extraordinary intelligence, culture and open-mindedness helped him bring Christianity to imperial China four centuries ago. The exhibit is part of a series of events marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Father Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit who spent 28 years evangelizing, absorbing Chinese culture and bringing Western science to the faraway Asian continent. The show in the Braccio di Carlo Magno hall in St. Peter's Square, is titled On the Crest of History, Father Matteo Ricci (1552-1610): Between Rome and Peking. It was Father Ricci's scientific acumen and enthusiasm for cultural exchange that won the trust and admiration of the Ming Dynasty Emperor Wanli. A proficient cartographer, Father Ricci was perhaps most appreciated for the maps of the world he made for the Chinese, who at the time had little knowledge of the other continents, said Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums and head curator of the exhibit. The exhibit is divided into two parts. The first section highlights the Jesuit order and scientific knowledge of the time; it includes an immense painting from 1619 of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, by Peter Paul Rubens and scientific instruments from the 16th and 17th centuries, including astrolabes, telescopes, early mechanical clocks, and Ptolemaic and Copernican models of the earth. The second part of the exhibit is dedicated to Father Ricci's stay in China; it includes displays of his translations and examples of documents he wrote in Chinese, Portuguese and Italian; Chinese tapestries; 17th- and 18th-century Chinese statuary; and a colorful early-20th-century altar honoring Confucius that belongs to the Vatican Museums.
November 7, 2009 - February 7, 2010 - Edinburgh
Picturing Britain: Paul Sandby is a major exhibition of the work of the artist and topographical draughtsman Paul Sandby (1731-1809) at the National Gallery of Scotland. Commemorating the bicentenary of his death, this is the first exhibition devoted to this pioneering figure in the development of British landscape painting and topographical drawing, and it includes works lent by the Royal Collection, National Library of Scotland, Yale Centre for British Art, and the British Museum. Sandby was appointed chief draughtsman to the Roy Military Survey in 1747. Although he was an artist well-versed in continental traditions, his early employment as a map-maker and topographical draughtsman led him to produce carefully observed and composed views of the native British landscape, including scenes taken in and around London, or on extensive tours through England, Wales and Scotland. The exhibit moves to the Royal Academy of Arts, London: 13 March 2010 - 13 June 2010. A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
January 19, 2010 - February 14, 2010 - Istanbul
An exhibition will showcase rare Istanbul maps created between 1422 and 1922 at the city's Rahmi Koç Museum, Hasköy Cad. No: 5, Hasköy 34445. Titled Istanbul Haritalari 1422-1922 [Istanbul Maps 1422-1922], the exhibition displays a selection of maps featured in Ayse Yetiskin Kubilay's book of the same name, which will also be introduced at the ceremony.
September 16, 2009 - February 26, 2010 - Toronto
The Archives of Ontario Gallery, 134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard, exhibit Ontario-On The Map features original maps from the past three centuries. The exhibit illustrates how the purpose of early provincial maps changed from tools for settlement and exploitation of resources to tools for understanding the evolving cultural and physical landscape of Ontario. Free to public, 9-5, M-F.
October 31, 2009 - February 27, 2010 - Hamilton,
Rare and fascinating maps that chronicle the evolution of human knowledge about the countries in the Gulf region will go on display for the first time in North America at the McMaster Museum of Art, Alvin A. Lee Building University Avenue at Sterling St. The Gulf in Historic Maps is an exhibit of 96 maps is from the collection of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, an avid collector and scholar of ancient Gulf maps. It comprises both nautical and geographic maps dating from the Renaissance - considered the golden age of exploration - to the mid-19th century.
February 1-28, 2010 – Athens, Georgia
Georgia on the Map is a Libraries-wide display of maps from the University of Georgia Map Library showing the many facets of the State of Georgia. Display themes include: Maps of Georgia, Maps of the City of Atlanta, and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of UGA (Main Library); Road Maps and The Art of Road Maps (Miller Learning Center); and Geologic and Topographic Maps (Science Library). Historic maps of Georgia from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library are featured in their current exhibit Where in the World is Georgia? Historic Maps from 1550-1776 through February 25th, 2010. Permanent displays of maps and historic air photos of UGA and Georgia are on display in the Map Library and first floor of the Main Library.
February 1-28, 2010 - Muncie, Indiana
The exhibit, The Geography of Black History, will be on display in the front windows of the GIS Research & Map Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library, Ball State University, in honor of Black History Month. The exhibit features images and maps from the "Atlas of Firsts," "Allyn Bacon Social Atlas of the United States," "Atlas of African-American History and Politics," and "The Atlas of African-American History" from the Atlas Collection in Bracken Library.
October 2, 2009 - March 5, 2010 - Bristol, Indiana
Local history enthusiasts will not want to miss the upcoming Mapping Elkhart County exhibit at the Elkhart County Historical Museum, 304 W. Vistula (HWY 120). Thirty seldom before-seen maps from the Historical Society collection will be displayed in the museum's temporary exhibit gallery. Elkhart's earliest known plat map completed in 1832 will be among the highlights. The map was signed by Havilah Beardsley and included land along the Elkhart River from Washington to Jackson Streets. Among the earliest plat maps to be shown will be Crane's Addition to Goshen along Rock Run Creek (1832), Plat of the Town of Benton (1834), and a traveler's pocket map for the Midwest (1834). Also included will be a unique national map published by J.H. Colton & Company, New York in 1856 that included Goshen. Maps shown after the American Civil War will focus on improvements made to infrastructure. Before 1874 Nappanee was primarily a small farming community, and not until the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad created a route through the area did Nappanee grow. The surveyor's map for the railroad's development through the area will be shown. Essentially this plan laid the foundation for the growth of the city, and many residents from neighboring Locke moved south to live and prosper along the new railroad. A 1924 roads map and an 1888 drainage ditch map for Washington Township will also be included. Surveying equipment and map drawing tools will be displayed alongside the maps. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
July 3, 2009 - March 7, 2010 - Albany
The New York State Museum, Empire State Plaza, exhibit 1609 honors the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's discovery of the Hudson River, with documents, maps and images. The New York State Museum collaborated with the State Archives, State Library, and Office of Educational Television and Public Broadcasting on 1609, and these institutions provided additional expertise, documents, and artifacts for the exhibition. Phone (518) 474-5877 for additional information.
March 2-9, 2010 - Seoul
The Northeast Asian History Foundation will exhibit historical maps that support Korea's claim that the term "Sea of Japan" should be replaced with "East Sea" or "Sea of Korea." "The exhibition will shed new light on the contentious issue over the naming of the body of water between the Koreas and Japan," said Shim Jeong-bo, a researcher at the foundation. He said a total of 40 maps that date back to the early 20th century or before will be exhibited at the National Assembly Library.
February 3, 2010 - March 12, 2010 - Fort Collins, Colorado
The Water Resources Archive presents Finding Buried Treasures: Maps of the Colorado River, an exhibit featuring historical maps of the Colorado River Basin. The exhibit displays not only maps, but also legislation, publications, and photographs relating to the history of the Colorado River. The exhibit is located on the second floor of Morgan Library, Colorado State University, 501 University Avenue, in Archives and Special Collections. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
February 1. 2010 - March 20, 2010 – Beijing
An exhibition of Sino-Western Science, Technology and Culture has opened at Beijing's Capital Museum. The exhibition follows the footsteps of Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit priest who created the first cultural bridge between China and the West. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Ricci's death. Born in 1552, Matteo Ricci first came to China as a missionary at the end of the 16th century, during China's Ming Dynasty and Italy's Renaissance. As the first European who brought western science, technology and arts to China, Matteo Ricci helped open a window for ancient China to the outside world. Moreover, he was also enthusiastic about learning the Chinese language and culture and promoting them in Italy and the West. A selection of 200 works from leading Italian and Chinese museums are presented in the Capital Museum. On display for the first time are paintings by some of the most important Italian artists of the time, including Raphael, Titan, and Lorento Lotto. People can also see tapestries, pottery, documents, and scientific instruments, which testify to the completeness and importance of the grafts of European knowledge and experience in China. Also on display are the works produced by Ricci and his Chinese friends, maps and scientific instruments.
November 6, 2009 - March 26, 2010 - Berlin
In addition to Alexander von Humboldt, Carl Ritter is considered the founder of scientific geography in the early 19th Century. The year 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of their deaths. While Humboldt was honored on this occasion in many places, Carl Ritter is usually forgotten. For the Geographical Society of Berlin, the anniversary is therefore a welcome opportunity for a fresh look at the life and work of its honorary chairman and longtime supporter Carl Ritter. Der „andere Gründervater" der Geographie: Carl Ritter (1779-1859) und seine Bedeutung für die Geographie - eine Veranstaltung zum 150. Todestag is an exhibit at Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin, Alexander-von-Humboldt-Haus, Arno-Holz-Str. 14.
February 26, 2010 - March 27, 2010 – Helsinki
The Helsinki City Planning Department’s exhibition and information space Laituri, at Narinkka Square, has on view Helsinki on the Map, an exhibition of old maps of Helsinki. The material is from the collection of maps published last year by the City of Helsinki Urban Facts, originally from the Helsinki City Museum and City Archives. The maps and accompanying aerial photos of Helsinki today show Helsinki’s evolution to the present day: the land area, city plans, expansion and the location of operations. Laituri is open from 10:00 to 18:00 Tuesday-Friday, and from 12:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays. Admission is free.
February 27, 2010 - March 27, 2010 - Milan
The exhibit I De Agostini e la Cartografia - Centoventi anni di cartografia in Italia [The De Agostini Family and Cartography - One Hundred and Twenty Years of Cartography in Italy] is at the Politecnico of Milan, Bovisa Campus on Via Durando n. 10. The exhibit is organized by the De Agostini family with the sponsorship and contribution of the Milan Tourism Councillorship Territorial Marketing Office, the Local Identity Office and the collaboration of the University of Milan. “This exhibit takes us back in time and journeys through the history of a family that is particularly tied to the city of Milan and which has contributed fundamentally to the scientific culture of Italy. It also allows all of us to better comprehend the evolution of our territory and its identity”, said the Milan Tourism Councilor, Massimiliano Orsatti. One hundred and twenty years have passed since Giovanni De Agostini introduced modern cartography in Italy allowing readers to see the characteristics and morphology of the land and imagine the surrounding world on paper. The objective of the exhibit is to “return to the starting point” thinking about how our predecessors considered cartography and the contribution these predecessors gave to our culture. It is also an occasion to “look ahead” uniting the knowledge of the past with the marvels of modern technology. The exhibit is divided into five thematic sections. The first section of the exhibit shows examples Ptolemy’s cartography, Arabic cartography (Al Idrisi, etc), late medieval cartography and cartography from the 15th 16th and 17th centuries. The visitor is captured by the vision of ancient maps and an atlas dated the 16th century (Ruscelli published in Venice). The visitor can observe that even though valid measurement instruments were lacking the cartographer still gave valid shapes to the lands mapped. The second section of the exhibit shows the production by Giovanni De Agostini with the Limnology Atlas of Italian Lakes (with the Maggiore, Varese, Como, Iseo, Idro and Garda lakes). There is also a map of Italy on a scale of 1: 250.000 with tables on Milan and Lombardy and geo-pictorial maps of the Italian Regions with Milan, the Lakes and Lombardy highlighted. The material is on show in glass showcases together with lithographic limestone and engraving and drawing instruments. The third section is relative to the photographic production by Father Alberto Maria De Agostini with photos of the Lombardy Alpine foothills dated 1910 and of the Madonnina (statue of the Madonna) carried to the top of Monte Sarmiento in the Tierra del Fuego. There are also posters of films edited in Milan following his return from his exploration in Patagonia. The fourth section shows the work done in Milan by Federico De Agostini in the field of encyclopedias books and maps (Imago Mundi Encyclopedia, Pinocchio and a map of Lombardy scale 200,000 etc) The work instruments used in the 1950s are on exhibit in a showcase. The fifth section of the exhibit is all about “new cartography” and it is coordinated by dCom Research and Education Unit of the Indaco Department of the Milan Polytechnic. The evolution in digital instruments has generated new forms of visualizing the territory beginning from the geo-referencing of data to the dynamic maps narrating the territory through the real-time visualization of data, information, places and people.
March 6-27, 2010 - Sedan, France
An exhibition about Cassini, La longue genèse de la carte dite des Cassini et ses prémices (1666-1790), will be held at Médiathèque municipale de Sedan, Corne de Soissons. Additional information from Michel Desbrière.
December 26, 2009 - March 28, 2010 - Enkhuizen
The exhibition Spiegel van de Zuiderzee [Mirror of the Zuiderzee] outlines the development of maps of the Zuiderzee in the period from 1580 to 1932. The Zuiderzee was one of the hardest navigable waters in the world. The exhibition of sixty maps and atlases, at the Zuiderzeemuseum, presents charts of the Zuiderzee area from the collection of the museum, many of which are included in the accompanying book "Spiegel van de Zuiderzee" (authors Erik Walsmit, Hans Kloosterboer, Nils Persson, and Rinus Ostermann; ISBN: 978 90 6194 230 6). Loans from libraries, archives and museums in the Netherlands complete the exhibition. The Zuiderzeemuseum is open daily from 10.00 - 17.00 hours (except Christmas Day and New Year).
December 9, 2009 - March 30, 2010 - Cambridge,
In less than four months, from November 30, 1609 to March 2, 1610, Galileo made observations about the cosmos - that the Milky Way contained thousands of previously unknown stars, that the moon has widely varied topography and that four large moons orbited around Jupiter, which itself was in motion - that would profoundly alter the way humanity viewed its place in the universe. Four centuries later, a new exhibition at the Harvard Map Collection celebrates his discoveries, and explores their continuing impact on the worlds of science, philosophy and religion. The exhibition, Mapping Discoveries in the Heavens and Controversies on Earth, is timed to coincide with Galileo's first "observing campaign" and the publication of "Sidereus Nuncius," the text which laid out his findings. Organized by Michael Mendillo (Boston University Professor of Astronomy and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Joseph Garver (Interim Co-Head of Harvard Map Collection and Reference Librarian), the exhibition will include more than three dozen items, including rare astronomical maps and charts from Mendillo's own collection, the Mendillo Collection of Antiquarian Astronomical Maps and Charts, which is coordinated by the Boston University Art Gallery. The exhibition will also feature rare texts from Houghton Library's collections, several items from the Map Collection and two prints from the collections of the Fogg Art Museum.
March 19, 2009 - March 31, 2010 - Mason, Texas
The Mason Square Museum, 103 Fort MacKavitt, will present a new exhibit of Rare Maps of America and the lands that are now Texas. Beginning with maps as early as 1595 by Magini and Porro, the display includes early cartography showing the shores of the new world only a hundred years after its discovery. The collection includes maps by A. Ortelius from a small atlas of 1601 and a decorative map of "Americae" by Gerard Mercator from 1610. Several examples show the progressive understanding of the shape and errors in geographical information, including maps showing California as an island, and spanning the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Mapmakers such as Philipp Cluver, G. De'Lisle, and Merian are represented and the political boundaries often change with the nationality of the map publisher. The Mason Square Museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information call 325 347 0507 or 325 347 6781.
January 28, 2010 – March 31, 2010 – Rügen,
Historische Landkarten von Rügen [Historical Maps of Rügen] are on display at Museum der Stadt Bergen auf Rügen, Billrothstr. 20a, 18528 Bergen auf Rügen, Tel.: 03838 / 252226. Open Tues - Sat 11:00 – 15:00.
March 1-31. 2010 - Lexington, Massachusetts
A Journey through Time: Lexington maps, 1600s to 1900s Come with us on a journey through time, where you will see, on maps, the growth and development of Lexington as its character is transformed over the centuries. Copies of these unique and fascinating maps, selected from the Edwin B. Worthen Collection, will be on display in the Piper Gallery, Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue.
January 19, 2010 - April 17, 2010 - New Orleans
In conjunction with "¡Sí Cuba!," a city-wide presentation of art, cultural, and historical exhibitions and programs that relate to Cuban art and culture, The Historic New Orleans Collection presents Louisiana and Cuba: Multiple Perspectives. The exhibition, on view at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, features documentary photographs of Cuba in the 1980s by New Orleanian Michael P. Smith set against earlier maps and documents (18th-19th century) featuring Cuba and Louisiana. This exhibition illustrates the cultural, political, and economic connections that have historically tied these two places together. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
January 12, 2010 - April 18, 2010 - Washington
One of the world's rarest maps -- a massive print from 1602 showing the world with China as its center -- will soon be on permanent display at the University of Minnesota. The James Ford Bell Trust announced that it has acquired the Impossible Black Tulip, the first map in Chinese to show the Americas. Only six copies of the map remain and several are in poor condition. The cartographer Matteo Ricci created the map, which is 5 feet high and 12 feet wide, at the request of the Chinese emperor, who wanted the document to serve as a resource for explorers and scholars. Ricci, a Jesuit priest, was among the first Westerners to travel to China. The Library of Congress, Great Hall, Northwest Pavilion, second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, will display the map for the first time in North America where it will be scanned to create a permanent digital image available to scholars. The map will then travel to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for a brief exhibition, before moving to its permanent home at the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota in the spring.
March 24, 2010 – April 28, 2010 – Berlin
Was historische und aktuelle Vermessung und Kartographie zum Biosphärenreservat Flusslandschaft Elbe-Brandenburg erzählen can be seen at Rathaus Spandau, Carl-Schurz-Str. 2, 13597 Berlin; Tel. 030 / 902 792 165.
November 12, 2009 – April 30, 2010 – Helsinki
The View From Paradise. The History of the Maps of the Heavens can be seen at The National Library of Finland located at the University of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 36. The View from Paradise presents the history of the viewing, illustrating and mapping of the heavens from Antiquity to the present day from the scientific, cultural and historical perspectives. The National Library of Finland’s exhibition is the International Year of Astronomy 2009’s most important event at the University of Helsinki. The exhibition begins with the earliest depictions and myths of the heavens, thousands of years before the beginning of recorded time, progressing to the universe of the Greeks’ spheres and then to the astronomical charts and star atlases of Late Antiquity. The oldest works displayed date from the 1400–1500s; these include, for example, Claudius Ptolemy’s main work Almagest, the most important source of astronomical information for one and a half millennia. The exhibition also familiarizes visitors with the exhaustive process of star cataloguing, as well as how the Finnish professors of astronomy Friedrich Argelander, Adalbert Krueger and Anders Donner had already been participating in international mapping efforts during the 1800s. Besides the massive, scientifically precise star catalogues, hobbyists’ star atlases and guidebooks from the 1800s to the present day are also displayed.
February 24, 2010 - May 1, 2010 – New York
An evocative exhibition on the waterways heritage of America is at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street. Lives on the Mississippi: Literature and Culture along the Great River, from the collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association explores the history, development and life of the Mississippi River as a distinct yet vast cultural region. Its traditions, lore, and heritage reverberate in literature and art over nearly 2500 miles and more than 400 years-a fertile and fluid meandering of consciousness, vision, and imagination. Through early maps of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; through French, Dutch and other travel accounts; through records of politicians, engineers, and designers of boats and bridges; through early humorous sketches and comic almanacs; and through drawings, paintings and historical artifacts, Lives on the Mississippi presents a broad picture of the varied aspects of this unique environment. Open Monday-Saturday 10 AM to 5PM.
April 7, 2010 - May 7, 2010 - Devon, Pennsylvania
On display in the Fireside Gallery, Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 S. Valley Forge Rd., is an Antique Map Exhibit. Main Line Unitarian Church member John Smith is displaying a collection of his antique maps. Phone 610-688-8332 for additional information.
February 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010 - Kansas City,
Mapping Missouri: Maps from the Collections of the Missouri State Archives features more than 100 examples of cartography from the Missouri State Archives' collection and is supplemented by maps from the National Archives at Kansas City. This exhibit includes historical maps from the 19th century that show how surveying and cartography were key to European American settlement of present-day Missouri. Drawing from diverse examples as the land survey maps made by Antoine Soulard from 1796-1806 and computer generated census maps made in the year 2000, this exhibit explores the history of cartographic images of Missouri and the role they play in our everyday world. The exhibit at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
February 11, 2010 - May 20, 2010 – Dallas
For the 2010 bicentennial of Mexico’s independence from Spain, the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 6404 Hilltop Lane, presents Mexico: Colony to Empire, 1519-1867. The exhibit includes portraits, manuscript collections of viceroyalty documents, papers signed by Spanish kings, land grants, applications for nobility demonstrating purity of blood, documents related to the Catholic Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Emperors Iturbide and Maximilian, Imperial Orders, Mexican presidents, Santa Anna, materials from the Mexican War and Texas Revolution, early maps, currency and rare books. Open Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
April 7, 2010 - May 29, 2010 – Newark
For generations of Englishmen, a journey through the cultural epicenters of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries was considered a fashionable rite of passage reserved for the wealthy and elite. The trip, dubbed by author Richard Lassels as the “Grand Tour” in 1679, typically included extended stops in Paris, Florence, Milan, Venice and Rome. The route expanded with time and often included Berlin, Geneva, Amsterdam, the Hague and other cities. The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, will re-create this journey through vintage travel posters, fine prints and illustrated books that highlight the history, architecture and art of the cities along the Grand Tour route. The exhibit, The European Grand Tour: Visiting the Old World through the Collections of the Newark Public Library, will be on display on the library’s second floor gallery. The exhibit will include engravings and etchings of European cities by various artists from the 16th to 20th centuries, maps from the 16th century, modern day tourist maps, and massive illustrated tomes of various cities often visited by these young gentlemen. For more information about the exhibit, please call 973-733-7745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 30, 2010 - May 30, 2010 - Greenwich,
The Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, presents the new exhibition Writing the Earth: 2,000 Years of Geography and Mapping. The exhibition features a selection of world maps that were printed between 1511 and 1800 and are on loan from a private collection. The show also includes a small group of maps from 1570 featuring the Americas.
April 18, 2010 - May 30, 2010 - Karlsruhe
Kriegsschauplätze des Donauraums im 17. Jahrhundert auf Karten und Plänen [Battlefields of the Danube area in the 17th Century maps and plans] can be seen at Stadtmuseum Karlsruhe, Prinz-Max-Palais, Karlstraße 10. There is an accompanying publication - Volker Rödel: “Zwischen den Welten. Kriegsschauplätze des Donauraums im 17. Jahrhundert auf Karten und Plänen”, ISBN 978-3-00-030766-9.
January 27, 2010 - May 31, 2010 - Providence, Rhode
Exhibitions in the MacMillan Reading Room , John Carter Brown Library, are open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. until noon. Presently the exhibition in the Reading Room is Map Talk: A Conversation with Maps at the JCB. Several recent (and not-so-recent) books and exhibitions that explore the subjective nature of cartographic material have introduced new ways of encouraging interaction or “conversation” with old maps that can provide insight into the intricacies of earlier human understanding of the nature of the physical world. During the period of European expansion, when the maps shown in this exhibition were produced, the configuration and very nature of our world appeared to change almost daily as voyages of discovery and exploration brought back conflicting and puzzling information that challenged accepted views of the cosmos and man’s place in it.
December 2, 2009 - June 2, 2010 - Baton Rouge,
CARTE Museum (Cartographic Acquisition, Research, Teaching & Exhibition Museum) will open December 2, 2009. Located near the Louisiana State University campus, the museum will feature maps, books, views and atlases depicting the cartography of the Gulf South, and political and geographic development of the United States. The museum is a non-profit entity and open to anyone wishing to do map research or view current exhibits. The first show will be Finding the Mississippi a display of significant maps depicting the lower Mississippi and its juncture with the Gulf of Mexico from 1513 to 1764. The museum is open on Wednesdays 9am to 5pm, and is located at 2347 Christian Street, phone 225 387-6119.
March 1, 2010 - June 4, 2010 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
American Encounters: Sources for the Study of Native American History is on display in the Great Room of the William L. Clements Library, 909 S. University Ave. Open to the public Monday through Thursday, 1:00-4:45 or by appointment. American Encounters highlights the great range and depth of the Clements Library’s collections related to Native American history. The exhibit features items drawn from many areas of the collection, including books, maps, manuscripts, prints, and photographs, which document over four centuries of history. These artifacts illustrate different types of cultural encounters over the course of American history and feature some of the library’s greatest strengths. Included are printed accounts of early encounters between indigenous peoples and European explorers, manuscripts and maps that record a long history of warfare and diplomacy, wampum and trade silver, peace medals, portraits of native leaders, and photographs of Indian schools.
April 23, 2010 – June 6, 2010 - Kanazawa City, Japan
The Arabian Heritage from Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates is being held for the first time in Japan at Ishikawa-Ken History Museum. Paintings, calligraphic and other art works inspired by UAE Arabian traditions and heritage are being exhibited at the event. A collection of 52 historic maps from the 15th century to 19th century owned by Sheikh Sultan is being exhibited at the venue of the event.
March 13, 2010 - June 13, 2010 - London
Picturing Britain: Paul Sandby is a major exhibition of the work of the artist and topographical draughtsman Paul Sandby (1731-1809) at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly. Commemorating the bicentenary of his death, this is the first exhibition devoted to this pioneering figure in the development of British landscape painting and topographical drawing, and it includes works from the Royal Collection, National Library of Scotland, Yale Centre for British Art, and the British Museum. . Sandby was appointed chief draughtsman to the Roy Military Survey in 1747. Although he was an artist well-versed in continental traditions, his early employment as a map-maker and topographical draughtsman led him to produce carefully observed and composed views of the native British landscape, including scenes taken in and around London, or on extensive tours through England, Wales and Scotland. A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
April 17, 2010 - June 18, 2010 - San Diego
Maps tell stories. See the story of how the US-Mexico border evolved over the last four centuries in Changing Boundaries: Historic Maps of the U.S.-Mexico Frontier. Original maps dated as early as 1600 show the claims, counter claims, conquests, and discoveries that resulted in the current line. See proof that California is an island and learn why San Diego is in the United States. This exhibit of historic maps is from the Mexican map collection of Simon Burrow. Exhibit can be seen Monday through Saturday, 9 am - 8 pm in Exhibit Hall, Student Life Pavilion, University of San Diego. Additional information from Charles Pope at (619)260-4090.
September 25, 2009 - June 26, 2010 - New York
Mapping New York's Shoreline: 1609-2009 is at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. This is a "Hudson-Fulton-Champlain exhibition" that will take the waterside view of New York harbor and its neighboring watersheds, wetlands, coastlines, sounds, and shores. The exhibition will put the port in its historic context at the midpoint along the northwest coast of the Atlantic, a point aimed at by Henry Hudson as he sought the mythical Northwest Passage to Asia. The Dutch settled in the area when it was found to be a convenient port for trans-shipment of furs and pelts back across the North Atlantic to Amsterdam. The British found it handy to bivouac here throughout the American Revolution, and mapped and charted the area thoroughly during their stay. Once the United States was established, the need for accurate, locally produced charts was met by private concerns and the newly established United States Survey of the Coast. With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, the port of New York came into its own as a major export station for wheat, corn and other produce from the heart of America. The complexity of the piers and ferries and shoreline businesses gives a vibrancy and unique flavor to the maps and charts of the port of New York and neighboring waters: Connecticut River, Long Island Sound, the Raritan, Sandy Hook, the Jersey shore and the Delaware River. This entire area was once called Nieuw Nederland, an aspect of local history that is much forgotten.
February 26, 2010 - June 27, 2010 - St. Louis
The Saint Louis University Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Boulevard, presents Crossing the Divide: Jesuits on the American Frontier. Founded by Ignatius Loyola in the year 1534, the men of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) concentrated their efforts on foreign missions, education and scholarship. In the year 1823, a new generation of Jesuit missionaries arrived in St. Louis. Crossing the Divide: Jesuits on the American Frontier contains extremely accurate documentation of the new world this group of Jesuits entered as they crossed cultural, linguistic and religious divides. The exhibition displays dictionaries of Native-American languages, as well as extremely accurate maps and detailed journals.
April 13, 2010 - June 30, 2010 - Makati City,
According to Richie Quirino’s version of history, the National Artist Awards were born out of the Marcos administration’s desire to punish his father, historian Carlos Quirino, after he refused to write a biography of former President Ferdinand Marcos despite being offered a million pesos. “He didn’t want to be associated with a dictator,” Mr. Quirino said. In retaliation, the Marcoses withdrew their support, ceased to invite his father to Malacañang functions, and made sure that Carlos Quirino would never become a National Artist. Prior to the declaration of Martial Law, the highest distinction an individual could receive in arts and culture was the Republic Cultural Heritage Award, which the elder Quirino won twice for his achievements in historical literature. When the National Artist Awards took its place in 1972, it included no such category. The situation was amended in 1997 when then President Fidel Ramos added Historical Literature and named Quirino the first and, thus far, only recipient of the National Award for Historical Literature. Pen, Paper, and Bookmaking: The Life of Carlos Quirino, an exhibition at the Yuchengco Museum (4/F Upper Wing Gallery, RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues) celebrating Quirino’s birth centennial, tells the story of the first controversial National Artist through more than 70 items from the Quirino family archives and private collections. These include manuscripts, diaries, personal letters, memorabilia and rare books and maps from his personal library. Among the many books he wrote were biographies of National Hero Jose Rizal, President Manuel Quezon and painter Damian Domingo; as well as scholarly takes on subjects as varied as the local sugar industry and war. Of all the things he wrote in his lifetime, "Philippine Cartography" is widely considered to be his magnum opus. First published in 1959, the book was hailed as “a landmark history of Philippine maps and their cartographers.” In conjunction with the Pen, Paper, and Bookmaking, Vibal Foundation has launched a coffee-table reprint of "Philippine Cartography" -- the first in a series of republications of Quirino’s work, which includes an introduction by Mr. Garcia and more than 120 maps from the finest collections in the Philippines. Quirino’s love for maps began when he was a Boy Scout learning the basics of orienteering. As he grew older, his fascination grew and he began collecting in earnest.
In 1598, Petrus Kaerius (also known as Pieter Van Den Keere) published the first separately printed map of the entire Philippine archipelago. Aside from being oriented horizontally, Insulae Philippinae included an interesting bit of text written in Old Dutch, which, when translated, described Filipinos as “people without laws” and “cannibals.”More than 100 years later, the “Mother of all Philippine Maps” -- made by Father Pedro Murillo Velarde, a Jesuit, and engraved by two Filipinos -- cast a more positive light on the “indios” who were described in French as of good height, beautiful and dark-complexioned. The priest also praised Filipinos as good writers, painters, sculptors, blacksmiths and sailors. This map was copied and recopied, spreading Murillo Velarde’s benevolent opinion of Filipinos along with a few cartographical mistakes and a famous legend that Saint Francis Xavier reached Mindanao even though he did not. Other maps of interest that are on view include Terza ostro tavola by Giovanni Battista Ramusio and Giacomo Gastaldi, a 1563 upside-down map from Italy that marks the first time “Filipinas” appear in a European document, which is why it is called the birth certificate Philippines; a 17th-century Mercator map that alludes to the Manila Bay battle between Antonio de Morga’s Spanish forces and the Dutch, coveted among collectors because it places the Philippines dead center; and Abraham Ortelius’s Maris Pacifici, the first mapping of the Pacific Ocean that includes a drawing of Ferdinand Magellan’s ship Victoria, the first to circumnavigate the world, sailing to the Philippines.
January 19, 2010 - July 3, 2010 - Cambridge, England
Spies unmasked as library blows cover. Cambridge University Library, West Road, is shining a light on the shadowy world of espionage. Chris Elliott reports. 'OK comrades, the balloon, she has gone up. We are at war with British, and tonight we parachute team of special agents on Cambridge. We meet next to the big chapel of King's College, near Cam river, 22.00 hours. Udachi." Had the balloon really gone up back in the politically fraught 1980s, and Soviet agents really mounted an airborne spying mission on Cambridge, they would indeed have needed "udachi" - good luck. But they would have had a detailed map of the city in their kitbags, printed in Russian Cyrillic script, to help them find their way about. Proof positive that such maps actually existed is on display at Cambridge University Library, in a new exhibition focusing on espionage - not just during the Cold War, but dating back to Biblical times. The library has one of the world's biggest collections of printed material, and the exhibition, called Under Covers: Documenting Spies, draws on personal archives, printed books, official publicity material and specialist photographs and maps to illustrate a few of the ways in which spies have been documented. Exhibits encompass a twelfth-century manuscript recounting the story of King Alfred the Great entering the Danish camp disguised as a harpist; papers used by a parliamentary committee investigating the Atterbury Plot in the 1720s; a draft telegram from the MI6 chief in St Petersburg in 1916 sending news of Rasputin's murder; and an autograph letter from Anthony Blunt telling how he was almost beaten up in Nazi Germany on account of his political views. The display concludes with a section on the use of aerial photography and mapping in espionage, including a Soviet military map of East Anglia from the Cold War era. Open Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30, Sunday closed (closed 2-5 April inclusive). Admission Free.
May 29, 2010 - July 3, 2010 – Dieppe
Dieppe is famous, in the cartographic world, for its school of chartmakers. Most of the charts produced there as of about 1540 by Nicholas Desliens, Jean Rotz, Pierre Descelliers, Guillaume le Testu, Jean Guérard, and others are now dispersed around the world. The Dieppe Municipal Library (Médiathèque Jean Renoir, 1 quai Bérigny) still posses some interesting vestiges of its glorious past which will now be on display in the exhibit Armateurs et navigateurs dieppois (XVIe - XIXe siècles) [Ship-owners and Navigators of Dieppe from the 16th to the 19th centuries]. Tel. +33 2 35 06 62 62.
March 18, 2010 - July 5, 2010 - New York
Construction in New York City is always complex, but it raises particular concerns when it cuts through the most archaeologically rich section of town. In February 2009 a new South Ferry subway station opened on the southernmost tip of Manhattan, a place where environmental, historical, and commercial interests collide. In order to build the station, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was required to conduct an archeological review and excavation. This provided an extraordinary glimpse into the very place that the modern city has its roots, and the basis of an exciting new exhibit at the New York Transit Museum. Where New York Began: Archeology at the South Ferry Terminal will be on view at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, Grand Central Terminal, Shuttle Passage, 42nd Street and Park Avenue. In addition to unearthing portions of the city’s early infrastructure, excavations yielded over 65,000 artifacts, including ceramic sherds, shells, coins, tobacco pipes, and architectural materials. These pieces document 400 years of city life and embody the cycle of building, razing, and rebuilding that is a hallmark of New York City. Over 100 of these objects will be on view along with historic maps and photographs, and field images and video of the archeologists at work. Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 7, 2010 – July 18, 2010 – Dallas
The Spanish King Charles IV witnessed a series of momentous events during his life (1748-1819) and reign (1788-1808). In Europe, it was a time of revolution and reaction, with the coming of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. In the New World, 13 of the British colonies in North America revolted in 1776, and by the first quarter of the 19th century, Mexico as well as other countries in South America had embarked on the road to political independence. It was also a time of significant economic and social change, with the beginning of the industrial revolution and the renewed growth of capitalism and commerce. In Contours of Empire: The World of Charles IV, in the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University (downstairs galleries), 5900 Bishop Blvd., the public will see displayed a number of rare books, broadsides, pamphlets, maps, prints, newspapers and periodicals from Southern Methodist University’s DeGolyer Library that help to illustrate this dynamic period in history. Among the maps on display are “Map of New Spain” by Alexander von Humboldt and “Suite du Theatre de la Guerre dans l’Amérique Septentrionale y Compris le Golfe du Mexique” by Louis Brion de la Tour.
August, 2009 – July 23, 2010 - Washington
In a world where we can keep tabs on our own backyards from our desks at work, via satellite, it's difficult to imagine the impact one man armed with notebooks and pencils could have in 1861 as the Civil War began to rend our young nation. Generals on both sides of that conflict desperately needed good topographical information to plan attack and defense. One good mapmaker could be worth battalions of firepower. Into this fray stepped a New York-born schoolteacher named Jedediah Hotchkiss (1828-1899). Jed had moved to Virginia, and initially aided the Confederate war effort by hauling supplies. Before long, he was making maps for Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett, and eventually he became the mapmaker for Gen. Robert E. Lee and Maj. Gen. Stonewall Jackson. These history-changing maps are the subject of an exhibition, Jed Hotchkiss, Shenandoah Valley Mapmaker, in the foyer of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress in the basement of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue. Hotchkiss' maps, many drawn from horseback, were extraordinary for their accuracy. Jackson's successes in the 1862 campaign were largely credited to those remarkable maps. Hotchkiss, who rose to the rank of major, also was entrusted with choosing lines of defense and arranging troops during several crucial battles. Contact Ed Redmond at (202) 707-8548 for additional information.
March 26, 2010 - July 25, 2010 - Mexico City
The Mexican Foreign Ministry, together with the former San Ildefonso College, has organized an exhibit entitled A Journey through Maps: Exploring the Codes of Latin America. The exhibit, which illustrates 200 years of the history of the Latin American nations through more than 90 maps, includes the original map that redrew the border between Mexico and the United States after the 1848 American invasion. The exhibit will be in the former San Ildefonso College located between San Ildefonso Street and Justo Sierra Street in the historic center of Mexico City.
July 1-31, 2010 – Elgin, Moray, Scotland
Moray's development over the centuries is being featured in a free exhibition at Elgin’s Heritage Centre. Ordnance Survey maps of the area, estate plans, Pont’s map dating from 1590 and Kay’s military map of 1750 are included in the exhibition. Heritage officer Graeme Wilson said Pont’s map was the first survey drawn of Moray. The Heritage Centre is within East End Primary School, Institution Road, Elgin. Phone 01343 569011 or e-mail with enquiries.
February 7, 2010 - August 1, 2010 - Princeton
An exhibition titled Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700 can be seen at the Milberg Gallery of Firestone Library, Princeton University. The exhibition will feature approximately 30 rare world maps drawn from the collection of Henry Wendt of Princeton's class of 1955 and will explore the major trends in intellectual history from the early Renaissance through the scientific era of the Enlightenment. Through the language of cartography, the maps in the exhibition illustrate the way in which scientists, mathematicians, explorers and cartographers came to grips with the shape, size and nature of the Earth as a whole and its place in the universe. Highlighted in the exhibition are the important contributions to this evolving cosmography of: Ptolemy (c. 90-168 ); Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543); Galileo Galilei (1564-1642); Johannes Kepler (1571-1630); and Edmond Halley (1656-1742). Works featured in the exhibition include: the first printed map (1472), a schematic concept of the continents in the form of a "T" encircled by an "O" of ocean; the first printed road map (1598), showing the cursus publicus, the postal system of the Roman Empire, in eight sections totaling 14 linear feet; highly decorative exemplars from the golden age of Dutch mapmaking (17th century); and elaborate hand-colored celestial views (1700), representing the constellations with figures from Greek mythology. Also on view from the holdings of the University's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections will be "forbidden books" from two of the most influential figures in the history of science: Copernicus' 1543 "De Reuolutionibus Orbium Cœlestium" and Galileo's 1632 "Dialogo di Galileo Galilei," accompanied by two planetary views from Andreas Cellarius' "stellar" masterpiece, "Harmonia Macrocosmica" (1661). The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. An illustrated exhibition catalog will be on sale in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
July 20, 2010 – August 7, 2010
- Kenora, Ontario
Lake of the Woods is filled with over 14,000 islands and has over 65,000 miles of shoreline to explore. One way of exploring the lake is through the Lake of the Woods Museum's upcoming exhibit on maps. The Finding Our Way exhibit features many maps old and new of Lake of the Woods. Maps will cover the whole lake area, which touches not just Ontario but Manitoba and Minnesota as well. Early explorer maps, summer camper location maps and geological maps are all part of the exhibit including many more types.
July 23, 2010 - mid-August, 2010 –
The Illinois State Library's Map Department, 300 South 2nd Street, has created an exhibit entitled Maps that Changed Illinois. From early maps drawn by Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet to maps of the first fort at Chicago, the exhibit highlights twelve major turning points in Illinois history that changed the face of the state. The exhibit also features the state's initial official road map. The display, which is located on the second floor bridge between the Circulation Desk and Reference, will run until at least mid-August.
April 14, 2010 – August 14, 2010 – Cambridge,
Maps can serve as vehicles for direction or misdirection, clarification or obfuscation. They can raise alarms, reinforce hopes and fears, or simply interpret events so that they fit more snugly with preconceived ideas. In the past century, cartographers have worked on a range of ideological fronts to promote causes or rally compatriots to pledge their allegiances to a military campaign, political movement, or social struggle. Maps with an Attitude: Cartographies of Propaganda and Persuasion examines how maps have framed the major conflicts of the 20th century--from World War I to the Bosnian War. It focuses on how cartographers have used all of the design elements in their tool box--color, perspective, imagery, symbolism, and text--to prod their audiences to take sides. Exhibit can be seen at The Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, Map Gallery Hall.
May 28, 2010 - August 20, 2010 – Washington
The Albert H. Small Documents Gallery, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue has an exhibit The Cosmos in Miniature / The Remarkable Star Map of Simon De Witt. Commercial star maps similar to the one De Witt made for himself sold widely in the 19th century; they are still made today. Astronomy was the primary science taught in the public schools before the Civil War. Handheld star maps like De Witt’s became a popular way for Americans to explore the mysteries of the skies above them. Several star maps and astrolabes are on display.
October 18, 2009 - August 21, 2010 - Portland,
American Treasures celebrates the reopening of the newly renovated and expanded Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, by simultaneously exploring the library's rich and varied collections and its mission to make those collections accessible. The exhibition presents a sampling of some of the library's remarkable items from its focus on Maine and New England, the USA, and the Americas (North and South). These items demonstrate how OML's collections are incorporated into K-12 and undergraduate education, public education through exhibitions, and scholarly research with wide import. The result is a visually stunning show that reinforces how maps offer such compelling insights into the past that anyone, regardless of age or educational level, can enjoy and learn from them - they are indeed a treasure.
July 10, 2010 - August 21, 2010 - Montivilliers, France
Voyage urbain à travers les siècles [Urban Journeys through the centuries] features a selection of manuscripts, maps and plans representative of the history and of the urban evolution of the city of Montivilliers. Exhibit is at Bibliothèque Condorcet, 50 rue Léon Gambetta.
May 15, 2010 - August 29, 2010 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
With today's Global Positioning Systems, Google Earth and Yahoo! Maps, it's hard to imagine living in a world in which your exact location was a mystery. But a very rare map, Matteo Ricci and His Rare World Map, now on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts provides a picture of a time of great exploration and discovery. The map, made in 1602, was created by Italian-born Jesuit priest, Matteo Ricci, who was stationed in China for thirty years. It is now known to be the oldest surviving Chinese map to show the Americas. The map was just recently acquired by the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota. Ricci's world map is on display in the Cargill Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, accompanied by rare Chinese woodblock prints from an illustrated Bible published by a colleague of Ricci, western maps, and a select group of Ming dynasty objects.
July 5, 2010 – August 29, 2010 – Edinburgh,
The Pont manuscript maps are one of Scotland’s greatest historical and geographical treasures. Their author, Timothy Pont, was the second son of a prominent churchman, and he became minister for the parish of Dunnet in Caithness from 1601. For motives that are still debated, Pont undertook the first comprehensive survey of Scotland, sometime after his graduation from St Andrews in 1583, and before his death, sometime before 1614. His maps and texts provide a magnificent cartographic delineation of late 16th century Scotland, her regions and their distinctive features. Pont’s work formed the substantial basis for the first Atlas of Scotland, Joan Blaeu’s Theatrum orbis terrarum sive atlas novus (Vol. V) of 1654. This exhibition will display a changing selection of Pont manuscript maps. National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland - Monday to Friday: 10.00-20.00; Saturday: 10.00-17.00; Sunday: 14.00-17.00
June 1, 2010 – August 31, 2010 – East Lansing,
Early Mapping of Michigan and the Great Lakes, 1744-1862 displays sixteen original antique maps from the Michigan State University Map Library collection. They show the evolution of British, French, Italian, and US understanding of midwest geography and shows the development of forts, villages, counties, and roads. Exhibit is on 4 West, Main Library.
July 19, 2010 – August 31, 2010 – London
Jonathan Potter is exhibiting a selection of antique maps highlighting the history of map making at National Geographic's London store, 83-97 Regent Street.
August 1-31, 2010 - Coronado, California
The Changing Landscape of San Diego is an exhibit of maps, photographs, books, and documents that show the many changes in the San Diego region since 1849. It can be seen at Coronado Public Library - Exhibit Gallery, 640 Orange Avenue.
August 2010 - September 2, 2010 - Fort Collins,
Colorado: Early Days, an exhibit that looks at the history of our state through documents, photos, maps and more, is on display at Colorado State University's Morgan Library, second floor, room 202. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
June 10. 2010 – September 4, 2010 – Washington
Map aficionados, particularly for English mapping and geographical perspectives, must not miss Lost at Sea, the Ocean in the English Imagination, 1550-1750 in the Great Hall at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol Street SE. Featured cartographic treasures include: W. J. Blaeu's octavo “Light of navigation,” 1622, with its illustration of the master of navigation and his students surrounded by tools of the trade, illustrating the crowded social setting this training involved. A quarter quadrant with nocturnal, ca. 1650, made of boxwood and brass, used to determine time before and after midnight. W.J. Blaeu's colorful map, “America Nova Tabula,” rev. 1642, and his ca. 8" globes, terrestrial and celestial, 1602. A "please touch" segment involves the leather, gold stamped binding for a Knapton “Atlas Commercialis” of 1728. A John Senex 1712 map of the world. A facsimile title page from The Mariner's Mirror, Anthony Ashley's translation, featuring astrolabes, lead lines, quadrants, etc. A 17th century Valencia Astrolabe facsimile. “Purchas his Pilgrimes,” 1625, open to the Elstracke/Briggs map of North America. Martin Cortes' “The Arte of Navigation,” London, 1596, translated by Richard Eden.
July 9, 2010 – September 4, 2010 – St. Cloud,
Back in 1850 when a map was created of the “Organized Counties of Minnesota,” it showed that almost all the state’s white settlers lived in Washington, Ramsey and Benton Counties. Not a highway to be found. You can see a reproduction of that map and of 22 other maps in Minnesota On The Map, a display at St. Cloud Public Library, 1300 W. St. Germain St. The focus of the early maps is on the waterways by which people traveled the state. The earliest, a 1683 map by Father Louis Hennepin, is of the Americas, including the Mississippi and St. Anthony Falls, which he was the first white person to see. A map produced just a few years later by the Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli zooms in on North America, Canada and the Great Lakes. The early maps particularly show the influence of American Indians in determining place names.
June 1, 2010 - September 6, 2010 – Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum will be hosting Amsterdam’s canal belt. The expansion of Amsterdam in the Golden Age - an exhibition of paintings, prints and drawings showing the spectacular expansion of 17th-century Amsterdam. A number of maps from the Rijksmuseum’s own collection charting the expansion agreed on in 1662 will also be on display. Included is a number of exquisite maps of the canal belt. Daniel Stalpaert's map from 1662 is printed on six loose sheets, and these maps offer a broad overview of the city’s expansion. Central to the exhibition are six views by Gerrit Berckheyde depicting the Gouden Bocht (Golden Bend) on the Herengracht Canal which was the richest part of the new city.
September 1-6, 2010 – Lancaster, New Hampshire
Original Leavitt’s Maps with Views of the White Mountains New Hampshire, published by Franklin Leavitt of Lancaster, NH between 1852 and 1888, along with broadsides and Leavitt documents including personal notebooks and receipts will be on display at the 2010 Lancaster Fair. This is a one-time opportunity sponsored jointly by Leavitt map enthusiasts across New England and the Lancaster NH Historical Society, bringing together in one place for viewing by the general public, all seven of Leavitt’s published White Mountains maps and as much other material as possible. Franklin Leavitt was born in or near Lancaster NH in 1824 and grew up on a farm to the east, near Kilkenny. At the age of 12 he took employment with Thomas J. Crawford at the “Notch House” at the northern entrance of the notch. He worked there until 1848 helping Thomas build the first bridle path to the summit of Mt. Washington. In 1851 he helped build the path on the eastern side, which later became the Carriage Road and is now known as the Auto Road. In the winter of 1851, with the railroad from Portland to Gorham almost complete, he surmised that there would soon be enough tourists to create a market for a unique map. A map depicting the region, and showing notable landmarks, routes, hotels, etc., and would be kept as a memento of his guide service. Leavitt drew his map, such as it was, and took it to Boston's leading Lithographer, John Bufford, to have it engraved. Leavitt’s first map was printed on March 16, 1852 and became what is now considered to be the first map showing the Presidential Range. His maps lacked any attempt at scale or accuracy, but they depict figures in local lore and legend, such as the Willeys running from the slide, Col. Whipple riding a moose, and Crawford killing a bear. Frank went on to publish four more White Mountain maps under his name over the next 27 years. He retired from mapmaking after he designed the 1881 map and selling the rights and plate to his son, Victor. Due to engraving delays, the publication date was changed to 1882 and on November 26, 1881, the engraver shipped the plate and 400 impressions of the map to Victor in Lancaster. Seven years later, Victor published a second state of the map with the title date changed to 1888, but the copyright remained 1881.
April 30, 2010 - September 19, 2010 - London
An exhibition at the British Library, Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art, which will be accompanied by a book, will display some of the masterpieces of cartography from the middle ages to the present day, several of which have never been shown before. It will try to recreate the settings for which the maps were originally intended and thereby demonstrate the important role that maps played as works of art and as instruments of propaganda in the broader culture of their times. Visitors will be shown rooms from a palace, the home of a merchant/landowner, a class-room and a secretary of state's office. Nor will the open-air display of maps and globes be ignored. While the emphasis will be on the early modern period in Europe, there will be exhibits from throughout the world, which will extend from medieval times to the modern day including contemporary works by Grayson Perry and Stephen Walters'. Some of the world's greatest cartographic treasures will be included, such as Jacopo de Barbari's map of Venice, Georg Marcgraf's map of Brazil, the thirteenth century Psalter map, Ortelius's eight-sheet world map and Thomas Holme's wall map of Pennsylvania.
July 7, 2010 – September 25, 2010 - Newark, New
While the U.S. Census Bureau tallies the results of the 23rd census, the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, is holding an exhibit to provide insight into the history and importance of the nation’s decennial count. America by the Numbers: A Look at the Census Bureau includes historical documents, maps, charts, photographs and facts relating to the census.
March 29, 2010 – September 26, 2010 - Whittington,
To commemorate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the Illinois State Museum at Rend Lake presents an original exhibition, From Humble Beginnings, Lincoln’s Illinois 1830-1861. Through the objects and stories of the people who lived here, the exhibition presents a perspective of the Illinois Lincoln found when he entered the state in 1830. Featured in the exhibition are historical maps, household furnishings, agricultural tools, rifles and pistols, archaeological artifacts from New Philadelphia and Southern Illinois tavern sites and audio presentations of pioneers’ letters. A dynamic map of Illinois from the 1813 to 1861 illustrates how improved transportation impacted the settlement of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum Southern Illinois Art Gallery is at the Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, six miles north of Benton. Take Exit 77 from Interstate 57 and follow the signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. For information, call 618-629-2220.
August 7, 2010 - September 26, 2010 - Staunton, Virginia
The R.R. Smith Center for History & Art, 20 S. New Street, will have an exhibit featuring hand-drawn historic maps. Titled Jefferson’s Wine Travels, the exhibit will feature items from the 1500s through 1700s. More than 40 maps will be on display. One gallery will focus on wine-related maps. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
August 10, 2010 - September 2010 - Centerville, Ohio
Maps of Centerville’s past and present are currently on display at the Centerville Arts Commission Gallery at the Police Department until the beginning of September. The Police Department is located at 155 W. Spring Valley Road. The Art Gallery is staffed 24-hours per day and exhibits may be viewed anytime, day or night. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Many of the maps are from the City’s collection; although the Centerville-Washington Historical Society and the Washington-Centerville Public Library also contributed maps to the exhibit. The exhibit is based on three themes; aerial, historic, and modern. The collection features historical maps from the 1800s and even an aerial photo of 1920 downtown Centerville.
July 2, 2010 – October 17, 2010 –
Mapping Portsmouth's Tudor Past is a temporary exhibition of Tudor mapping being held at The Mary Rose Museum, College Road. The exhibition includes a number of maps on loan from The British Library, the UK Hydrographic Office and the Admiralty Library, such as a map from 1545, "the earliest scale map of an English town and one of the earliest in Europe".
October 13-27, 2010 – Winnipeg
The Archives of Manitoba is offering three free noon-hour tours of an exhibit of historic and rare Manitoba maps. The tours will take place on Wednesdays October 13, 20, and 27 at 12:30 in the archives building foyer at 200 Vaughan St. Visitors are also able to go on a self-guided tour any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Included in the exhibit are reproductions of 10 historic maps created in the last two centuries including:
• a map by Peter Fidler, Hudson’s Bay Company surveyor and cartographer from 1795 to 1812, who based many of his maps on sketches and descriptions from Aboriginal guides;
• a map that shows the shift in provincial boundaries from the 1870s to 1912;
• a map by surveyor William Kempt, who was hired by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1824 to map an improved water route from York Factory to the Red River Settlement; and
• a map created by George Taylor, Jr., a Hudson’s Bay Company surveyor, whose maps defined land boundaries that still form the basis for Winnipeg’s legal land descriptions.
The Archives of Manitoba are located at 200 Vaughan St. People interested in attending the free guided tours can call 204-945-7586 to register.
April 23, 2010 - October 30, 2010 – Philadelphia
The American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth Street, presents its annual exhibit A Selection of Items from the American Philosophical Society Library’s Treasures and Map Collection. Included among this year’s selections is a draft of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin’s annotated copy of the Articles of Confederation, copies of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Rights of Man, as well as British political cartoons lampooning Paine and his politics. Also included are two of the original journals of Lewis and Clark. Displayed along with the Treasures are selections from the Society’s map collection. Consisting of over 2,700 printed and manuscript maps and nearly 150 atlases and globes, the collection’s origins can be traced all the way back to the Society’s founder, Benjamin Franklin, who possessed a keen interest in maps and mapmaking. The oldest map in the collection dates to the late 16th Century, while the newest maps date to the last decades of the 20th Century. The maps displayed in the exhibit are examples of the two largest portions of the map collection, maps of North America, and of Pennsylvania. Printed over a time span of one hundred and thirty-six years, the maps chronicle the growth of our city, state and nation, as they transformed into the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and United States that we know today.
October 21-30, 2010 – Tbilisi
A display Old Tbilisi Maps at The National Parliamentary Library of Georgia will allow visitors to have the opportunity to take a look at Tbilisi’s dynamic development between the 19th and 20th centuries. Dating from 1845, the original maps preserved at the Library funds will see the daylight and the replicas of three exceptional maps will be exhibited for evaluation. “It is a gift from the Tbilisi government to the admirers of history” according to the programme of the exhibition.
August 7, 2010 - October 31, 2010 – Macao
The Master From the West: An Exhibition Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Passing of Matteo Ricci marks the Jesuit’s death by celebrating his remarkable life. Initiated by the Marche region of Italy, where Ricci was born in the hillside town of Macerata in 1552, the exhibition has been held in Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. It opened at the Macao Museum of Art on Aug. 7 - the day Ricci first landed there, then a Portuguese colony, 428 years ago. The exhibition is intended to reconstruct the first encounter between the Chinese and European civilizations, at the end of the Ming dynasty, according to its curator, Filippo Mignini. The core of the show, however, are two sections that, in Mr. Mignini’s words, “show the meaning and the importance of the first encounter between Chinese and European culture.” “The Resplendent Era” explores the vibrant, and closely intertwined, religious and intellectual world of late Renaissance Europe. It includes paintings by Titian and Raphael, religious tapestries, architectural models and etchings, scientific instruments - Ricci often made sundials, astrolabes and celestial globes to present as gifts to his Chinese friends - and a beautiful selection of rare, ancient atlases and books critical to Ricci’s education. Among them are works by Christopher Clavius, the famed German mathematician and friend of Galileo who was Ricci’s teacher at the Roman College. The second section, “Matteo Ricci’s Missionary Trip to China,” starts with Ricci’s arrival in Macao in 1582, a time when Chinese converts to Catholicism were obliged to wear Western clothes, speak Portuguese and abandon their culture. Perhaps unsurprisingly, European priests were not welcomed in China. Among the highlights of this section, and the show, are a 1603 edition of the annotated world maps Ricci produced for Chinese friends, scholars and the Wan Li emperor. The 203-by-58-centimeter map, about 80 by 23 inches, which is in the collection of the Liaoning Provincial Museum, is on loan for the first time and was not included in the earlier shows. Divided into eight panels, it includes a drawing of the nine concentric spheres of the universe as conceived by Ptolemy.
September 11, 2010 - October 31, 2010 –
Limbag: Early Impressions of the Philippines, an exhibit featuring images of colonial Philippines produced from the 1700s to the 1900s is the fourth in a series of exhibitions created by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila aimed at promoting art and culture to a wider audience. All the 19 engraved antiquarian maps and 29 prints are from the private collection of Federico Pascual. Apart from early maps of Asia by French, English, and American cartographers, varying maps of the Philippines are also included. The collection will also give mall goers a rare glimpse of Philippine history through maps: regional maps made by Augustinian Recollect friars that chart their parishes and missions in different parts of the country, a political map of Luzon during the Spanish period, and four maps from the famous Atlas de Filipinas 1889, which was made by an all-Filipino team of draftsmen under the leadership of Jesuit priest Fr. Jose Algue at the Observatorio de Manila. Exhibit can be seen:
September 11-23 at the Atrium of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
September 24-October 11 at the SM Megamall Atrium in Mandaluyong City.
October 12-31 at The Block-SM City North EDSA in Quezon City.
May 1, 2010 - November 1, 2010- Deerfield,
Changes on the Horizon is an exhibition at Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St. On display are paintings, prints, maps, stereographs, and postcards depicting Franklin County’s ever-changing landscape. Looking at the period from about 1850 to 1950, we see how industrialization (Russell Cutlery, Shelburne Falls Works, New Home Sewing Machine), transportation (horse and buggies, railroads, trolleys, automobiles), roadways and bridges transformed the rural landscape. The exhibition also includes 19th-century bird's-eye views of Orange, Shelburne Falls, Greenfield and several factories. The lithographs, along with maps of the same era, celebrated commerce and industry by highlighting factories, hotels, banks and other signs of prosperity. Memorial Hall Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.
October 1, 2010 – November 5, 2010 - Tecate, Baja
Changing Boundaries, an exhibit of antique maps of the U.S.-Mexico frontier, features 40 maps on exhibit for the first time in Mexico. Maps tell stories. Learn how the US-Mexico border evolved over the last four centuries in this exhibit of beautiful antique maps. Original maps dated as early at 1600 show the claims, counter claims, conquests and discoveries that resulted in the current border line. See proof that California is an island and learn how the current US/Mexico border line came to be where it is today. The exhibit will be available for viewing at CAREM Library and Museum Complex located at CECUTEC, Calle Tláloc no. 400. It will be open Monday through Friday 10-4 or by appointment.
September 15, 2010 - November 10, 2010 –
Selections from the Bell Library's extensive collection on Ming China will form the basis for the exhibition Matteo Ricci and the Jesuits in China. Special feature: the 1602 world map of Matteo Ricci and Zhong Wentao, a Mandarin scholar who collaborated with the Jesuit missionary to bring this incredibly rare map into being. The T.R. Anderson Gallery is located at the entrance to the James Ford Bell Library, Suite 472 on the 4th floor of Wilson Library, 309 19th Ave. SE. Exhibits are on view Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; evenings and weekends by appointment. The gallery is closed for all University of Minnesota holidays. For more information, contact us at 612-624-1528.
June 18, 2010 – November 14, 2010 – Edinburgh,
The main National Library of Scotland summer exhibition, A swing through time, focuses on the history of golf in Scotland. However, it does also feature several maps! Original items on display include John Geddie's bird's-eye view of St Andrews in the 1580s, maps of Gleneagles and environs in the 1820s, as well as an early 20th century photograph and fixture cards from John Bartholomew & Co's staff Golf Club.
National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland - Monday to Friday: 10.00-20.00; Saturday: 10.00-17.00; Sunday: 14.00-17.00
August 27, 2010 - December 18, 2010 – Bogotá,
There is a close relationship between the history of maps and history of the nations they represent. Both are the result of a long processes of development, beyond the geographical, of cultural and political processes that shaped the identity of these nations. In celebration of the bicentennial of Columbia's independence, the Bank of the Republic will present the exhibition Ensamblando la Nación. Cartografía y política en la historia de Colombia [Joining the Nation. Cartography and Politics in the history of Colombia]; open on floors 1 and 2 of the Casa de Moneda, Banco de la República, Calle 11 # 4 - 14, La Candelaria. The exhibit features original photographs and the first maps of the New World in the sixteenth century to nineteenth century national maps. Additional information from the exhibit co-curator Sebastián Díaz.
September 12, 2010 – December 26, 2010 – Lyndhurst,
The Lyndhurst Historical Society’s Little Red Schoolhouse, corner of Fern and Riverside Avenues, now has on display its latest exhibit, Finding Our Way and Finding Our Place, which uses old maps, globes and even blueprints to tell the story of local history and the importance maps play in history itself. The exhibit doesn't just cover Lyndhurst, it covers the world and state of New Jersey as well, exhibiting an array of atlases, maps and four different world globes of the ever-evolving planet Earth. The Schoolhouse is open on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Call 201-804-2513 for more information.
October 16, 2010 – December 30, 2010 – Lynchburg,
A new exhibit is entitled, The World in Your Hands: Models of Earth and Space from the 15th Century to Today. It is presented by the American Globe Preservation Society at 825 Main Street, in downtown Lynchburg. For more information call 434-610-5447 or 434-847-4788.
June 30, 2010 – December 2010
– Baton Rouge, Louisiana
West Florida: From Colonial Pawn to Independent Republic and Ultimate Incorporation into the United States can be seen at CARTE Museum. The show will feature over thirty (mostly framed) original maps dating from 1755 to 1821 portraying the history of West Florida. This show has been developed in anticipation of the bicentennial of the Independent State of West Florida which was established September 23, 1810, when local residents overthrew Spanish rule. After only 35 days of independence, the territory was annexed to the United States and forceably occupied by U.S. troops in December, 1810. The museum is located at 2347 Christian Street. Hours of operation are Wednesdays from 9 AM to 5 PM and by appointment. Phone: 225 773-1386 or 387-6119. Additional information from Dave Morgan.
January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 – Savannah
Maps depicting North America, Great Britain and the world are on view in the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, Kiah Hall, 227 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Mapping the Past: Antique Cartography from the Newton Collection is displayed in three map galleries. Highlights include 1597 maps from the earliest atlas of the Americas, 1776 military maps, and other 17th- and 19th-century maps, some of them hand-colored. Cartographers include Wytfliet, Hondius, Monath, Lotter, d'Anville, Faden, Lodge, Cary and Wyld.
August 16, 2010- December 31, 2010 - Hanoi
To commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi, the National Archives Centre I, No. 18, Trung Yen 1 Street, Cau Giay District, will organize an exhibition to display documents themed Urban planning and administrative boundaries of Hanoi in the period 1873-1954. The exhibition introduces 68 ancient maps of ancient Hanoi and important documents to help visitors learn about Hanoi through the historical periods. There are some original maps on cloth which are considered sources of precious documents and have great historical value.
September 15, 2010 - December 31, 2010 - Portland,
An exhibition titled Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700 can be seen at Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine. The library is located at the corner of Forest Avenue and Bedford Street. The exhibition will feature approximately 30 rare world maps drawn from the collection of Henry Wendt, and will explore the major trends in intellectual history from the early Renaissance through the scientific era of the Enlightenment. Through the language of cartography, the maps in the exhibition illustrate the way in which scientists, mathematicians, explorers and cartographers came to grips with the shape, size and nature of the Earth as a whole and its place in the universe. Highlighted in the exhibition are the important contributions to this evolving cosmography of: Ptolemy (c. 90-168 ); Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543); Galileo Galilei (1564-1642); Johannes Kepler (1571-1630); and Edmond Halley (1656-1742). Works featured in the exhibition include: the first printed map (1472), a schematic concept of the continents in the form of a "T" encircled by an "O" of ocean; the first printed road map (1598), showing the cursus publicus, the postal system of the Roman Empire, in eight sections totaling 14 linear feet; highly decorative exemplars from the golden age of Dutch mapmaking (17th century); and elaborate hand-colored celestial views (1700), representing the constellations with figures from Greek mythology. The library is open from 1-4 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
October 2, 2010 - December 31, 2010 - Le Havre, France
Du Havre...au-delà des mers. Explorateurs, voyageurs et négociants (XVIe - XXe siècles) [From Le Havre beyond the seas. Explorers, travellers and traders (16th-20th c.] - From Verrazano to Jean Charcot, ten itineraries of travellers who started from Le Havre to discover, explore and trade across the oceans; travel through manuscripts, maps, plans and rare documents. Guided tours and animations. Bibliotheque Armand Salacrou, 17 rue Jules Lecesne.