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July 19, 2010 – January 2, 2011 – Princeton
Strait Through: From Magellan to Cook & the Pacific, in Princeton University's Firestone Library’s main gallery (One Washington Road), documents the story of Magellan's circumnavigation of the world and the drama of the unfolding exploration of the Pacific Ocean that followed the discovery of the Strait of Magellan. In rare historic maps and the original printed narratives of the main European explorers, the exhibition traces 250 years (1520s-1770s) of both national and personal maritime achievements, as the map of the Pacific slowly developed into its present shape. Chronological maps of the Magellan Strait, Pacific Ocean, and Spice Islands (Moluccas) form the backdrop to exhibition cases devoted to individual explorers and explorer-pairs: Ferdinand Magellan (d. 1521), Alvaro de Mendaña de Neira (1542?-1595) and Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (d. 1615), Sir Francis Drake (1540?-1596), Jacques Le Maire (1585-1616) and Willem Corneliszoon Schouten (d. 1625), Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603?-1659), William Dampier (1651-1715), Jacob Roggeveen (1659-1729), Samuel Wallis (1728-1795) and Philip Carteret (d. 1796), Louis-Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811), and James Cook (1728-1779). Among the maps on display will be the first printed map to name the Pacific Ocean (1540), the first printed map devoted to the Pacific Ocean (1589), the first printed chart of the whole Pacific Ocean (1650), a handsomely-colored wall map of the Pacific Ocean considered to be one of the cartographic masterpieces of the eighteenth century (1719), two of the most decorative maps of the Magellan Strait (1635), the first printed English map of Australia (1744), the first large-scale map of the Moluccas (1640), the earliest map to name all of the Philippine islands (1601), and the first published map to show Cook’s last voyage and the first to show Hawaii. Also on view will be a rare first-state copy of Cook’s twelve-sheet chart of the St. Lawrence River (1760), the navigator’s first major published map, which launched his career. The exhibition will be open weekdays from 9 to 5, and on weekends from noon to 5. Additional information from the map curator John Delaney.
September 8, 2010 – January 5, 2011 – Cambridge,
Rev. Henry Clay Badger, curator of the Harvard Map Collection from 1889 to 1892, took it as his personal mission to create a classification system for the 14,000 sheet maps under his care. Temperamentally ill-disposed to “floundering,” he devised a scheme to bring order to the chaos of bundled, rolled, and folded maps. Even in the most rigorous cataloging system, however, some materials elude categorization. In Badger’s case, he relegated his misfits to the one part of his scheme not based on geography. In the exhibit Rev. Badger’s Misfits: Deviations and Diversions, The Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, Map Gallery Hall explores some of the “cartographic curiosities” (maps of nonexistent places, time lines, genealogical tables, comparative charts, lessons in the art of cartography, puzzles, and geographical games) that challenged Badger and continue to challenge his successors. For details contact Joseph Garver at 617-496-8717.
November 15, 2010 – January 7, 2011 - Menlo Park,
Exhibit on the history of USGS topographic mapping from 1884 to the present day can be seen at Building 3 Auditorium and Foyer, 2nd-floor, U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. The exhibit traces the history and technological development of USGS topographic mapping for 125 years from 1884 to 2009. Featuring historical artifacts and scientific instruments of the past, the display presents the concept that the Survey helped catalyze today’s national geospatial information industry through innovations in mapping, in geographic information systems, and in the provision of publicly-accessible geospatial data. From field sketching and copper plates, to The National Map and interactive topographic maps, the exhibit portrays developments in field surveying, photogrammetry, cartographic compilation, and printing as interwoven threads of USGS mapping history.
August 23, 2010 - January 8, 2011 – Arlington, Texas
The University of Texas at Arlington, Special Collections, Sixth Floor, Central Library, has an exhibition Charting Chartered Companies: Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900. The exhibit explores companies and how they influenced regions, history, and cartography. The chartered company, considered a precursor to the modern corporation, played an important role in the history of cartography. Chartered companies were an effective means to encourage overseas exploration, trade, expansion, and colonial power. Chartered companies often assumed the lead in settlement, land development, and the building and maintenance of transportation networks. Companies relied upon maps and charts for planning, implementation, and operation. A chartered company’s presence in an area often changed that region’s political, historical, and cultural boundaries.
October 3, 2010 - January 8, 2011 - Westport,
Visitors can find the coordinates to two new exhibits on Westport's history at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. Putting Westport on the Map and Zoom in on Westport continue the society's year-long celebration of the town's 175-year anniversary. Putting Westport on the Map offers a cartographic take on Westport's history, as it shows the evolution of the town through old and new maps. Zoom in on Westport looks at those changes from the air, on the ground, and through the eyes of local children who visit the society. The maps in the exhibit focus especially on key moments in Westport's history, such as the town's incorporation in 1835, and the later annexation of the property now known as Green's Farms. Putting Westport on the Map also features rare antique maps of pre-Colonial America, as well as well as a map of George Washington's horseback journeys in Connecticut. In addition, the exhibit includes a video introduction of where the oldest maps were found; rare antique maps of pre-Colonial America from the Martayan, Lan, Augustyn Inc. Collection; and early American maps of the area from private local collectors. A historical collection of globes marking changes in the world's political geography over centuries, plus atlases, surveying and cartography tools used for mapping are also on display.
October 19, 2010 - January 8, 2011 – Chicago
Un acercamiento a la Revolución Mexicana: Libros, mapas, documentos / Approaching the Mexican Revolution: Books, Maps, Documents can be seen in the R. R. Donnelley Gallery, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. The book "Mexican Revolution: Genesis Under Madero" shows a photo of revolutionary leaders, including Venustiano Carranza, Pascual Orozco and Francisco I. Madero. There also are maps - one made by then Chicago-based Rand McNally & Co. in 1914 - that show the U.S. intervening in the conflict by sending ships to ports of Tampico and Veracruz. There also are maps of railroads that were used in the revolution. Resistance forces used the railroads for moving resources. The exhibit is part of a citywide observation of the centennial of the start of the Mexican Revolution.
September 17, 2010 - January 9, 2011 – New York
A new exhibit at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), turns an historic lens on New York's north-south relations, highlighting its long and deep roots with the Spanish-speaking world. Nueva York: 1613-1945 depicts the city as a cultural crossroads for artists, intellectuals and revolutionary agitators from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. The exhibit features about 200 objects, including rare maps, letters, paintings, photos, books and announcements. The city's oldest museum, the New York Historical Society joined El Museo del Barrio in organizing the exhibit.
October 2, 2010 – January 9, 2011 –
Vatican Splendors – A Journey Through Faith and Art will be on display at the Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street. Viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended holiday hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 20-22 and 26-29 and Jan. 1-9. Vatican Splendors, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition, is one of the largest collections of art, documents and historically significant objects from the Vatican ever to tour North America. There are 200 items from the collections of the Vatican, and 30 percent have never been outside the Vatican. Items in the collection include mosaics, frescoes, paintings by Renaissance masters, works by well-known sculptors, intricately embroidered silk vestments, precious objects from the Papal Mass, uniforms of the Papal Swiss Guard, historical maps and documents and relics.
October 17, 2010 - January 9, 2011 – Santa Fe
The New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, and Department of Cultural Affairs proudly announce that El Archivo General de Indias (the General Archive of the Indies) in Seville, Spain, has chosen Santa Fe for the American debut of El Hilo de la Memoria [The Threads of Memory] an exhibit of rare documents, illustrations and maps detailing Spain’s early presence in North America. The exhibit - nearly 140 documents spanning Ponce de León’s first contact in Florida through New Mexico’s incorporation as a U.S. Territory – will premiere in the museum’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein Gallery before traveling to the El Paso Museum of History (starting January 22) and the Historic New Orleans Collection. “As Santa Fe celebrates its 400th anniversary this year, this exhibit underscores a part of American history too often overlooked in our classrooms,” said Dr. Frances Levine, director of the New Mexico History Museum. “Before Jamestown was settled and long before Western Expansion defined us, Spanish explorers began documenting and colonizing the nation. They gave Europeans some of their first glimpses of a far-away land and planted the seeds of a culture that flourishes today.”
October 28, 2010 – January 14, 2011 - Waco , Texas
The Texas Collection, Baylor University Libraries, One Bear Place, has a new exhibit called Mapping it Out: A Cartographic History of Texas. On display are twenty-one original maps dating from 1656 to 1887. These maps tell a story of Texas: from early exploration by the Spanish, through colonization, struggles for independence from Mexico, and statehood before and after the Civil War. They demonstrate technological improvements and record political conflicts. They bring us closer to understanding the craftsmen and entrepreneurs who made it their business to show settlers the way to Texas. And these maps connect us to the land which captured cartographers’ imaginations.
October 1, 2010 - January 23, 2011 - Santa Fe
In 1519, Hernán Cortés and a small group of Spanish soldiers made first contact with the Aztecs. The stories they sent back to Europe detailing the wealth and sophistication of the Aztec empire astonished their countrymen – and fed 300 years of efforts to write and re-write the story of the Mexican Conquest. The New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, will present Imagining Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to Colonial New Spain, an original exhibit featuring books, prints and maps from the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library’s John Bourne Collection of Meso-Americana, the Rare Books Collection, and the Map Collection. A 1769 map by Antonio Alzate of Mexico was one of the earliest to use the names Texas and California (though it shows the latter as an island). An 1803 map by Alexander von Humboldt of Germany shows the route of El Camino Real from Mexico City to Santa Fe.
November 10, 2010 - January 31, 2011 - Chapel Hill
The exhibit, Unearthing Native History: The University of North Carolina Catawba Archaeological Project, will be open in The North Carolina Collection / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB#3930, Wilson Library. It traces the lives of the Catawba Indians and their ancestors from the 1500s through the 20th century. “The underlying message of the exhibit, incorporating multiple lines of evidence, is the persistence of native societies in the face of European contact,” said Steve Davis of the UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology, whose faculty and students unearthed the exhibited artifacts and many more. “The site-specific exhibit cases, which mostly contain the stuff of everyday life, tell a story of adaptation and accommodation through the gradual transformation of the material culture and community arrangement from wholly native to increasingly Euro-American. Ultimately, it is a story of Catawba survival in the face of sometimes overwhelming odds.” Visitors will see pottery, beads, ornaments, stone and metal tools, items of both Native American and English manufacture, historical maps, travelers’ accounts and archaeological evidence from six village sites excavated in North Carolina and South Carolina. The exhibit also examines the Catawba’s enduring pottery-making tradition, which is unparalleled in the eastern United States. The Catawba lived for centuries along the Catawba and Watteree rivers in North and South Carolina. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, but closed on University holidays.
January 17-31, 2011 – Manila
SM City Baguio in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila presents City Beautiful: The Burnham Plan for Manila’s Urban Development, an exhibition featuring vintage photos, maps, and models that highlight American urban planner Daniel Hudson Burnham’s grand plan for Manila at the turn of the 20th century. Daniel Burnham was commissioned by the American government to design and implement a blueprint for the capital of the Philippines, their new trophy colony. His urban design lays out a concerted attempt to signal the arrival of Manila as the most beautiful and progressive city in Asia. The exhibit can be seen in the atrium.
September 11, 2010 - February 6, 2011 - Alpine, Texas
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the initials GTT – Gone to Texas – were the standard farewell given before people set off on the arduous and often dangerous journey to the Lone Star State. Now, the Museum of the Big Bend invites armchair adventurers, map aficionados and anyone interested in the history of Texas to scratch GTT on their doors and head to the museum, located on the campus of Sul Ross State University. Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps is an exhibit which features 64 of the most important maps in the history of Texas, covering a period from the early sixteenth century up to the present. These maps demonstrate the extent of geographical knowledge of the Lone Star State at the time they were printed; the art of the cartographers who made them, and the historical and cultural forces which were part of the western expansion of the United States. These maps are part of the Yana and Marty Davis map collection at the Museum of the Big Bend. They have been featured in a book by the same title as the upcoming exhibit, published by TCU in 2007, and have been part of an important exhibit traveling the state for the last three years. The maps have now returned home and, for the first time, will be on display at the Museum of the Big Bend. The Museum of the Big Bend is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 1 to 5pm. For more information on this exhibit, contact Matt Walter at 432-837-8735.
September 16, 2010 - February 6, 2011 – Bonn
Renaissance am Rhein [Renaissance on the Rhine] is an exhibition at LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstrasse 14-16, devoted to art, history and culture of regions and cities along the Rhine during the Renaissance. Among the 300 exhibits are maps, instruments, and other documents by and on cartographers of this period; from Cusanus, via Johannes Ruysch, Kaspar Vopelius, Christian Sgrooten up to Gerald Mercator and his son Arnold.. These maps, town plans and views represent an essential component of the intellectual and scientific milieu of that time.
November 11, 2010 - February 26, 2011 – Zurich
Map World: The Map Collection of the Central Library Zurich is an exhibit of a journey through four worlds: for globetrotters, related world maps, fictional worlds, and a changing world. Open in the Central Library, Zähringerplatz 6, Monday to Friday from 1300-1700, Saturday from 1300-1600; guided tours on Fridays at 1300.
January 29, 2011 - February 26, 2011 - Los Angeles
Changing Boundaries: Historic Maps of the U.S.-Mexico Border is a group of original maps dating from as early as 1600 from the Collection of Simon Burrow. Maps tell stories. The Latin American Studies Program and Cross Cultural Centers of California State University bring you this enlightening exhibit of historic maps. The maps examine the evolution of the US-Mexico border over the last four centuries. The exhibit answers questions about the Battle of Los Angeles, California's mistaken geography as an island and current immigration policy. The exhibit is in the first floor of the Fine Arts Building. and is open Monday to Thursday and Saturday noon to 5 pm.
January 18, 2011 - February 28, 2011 – Nairobi
The Embassy of Spain, CBA building, Mara and Ragati Rds. Upper Hill, announces an Africa Maps Exhibition; open week-days 8am – 3:30pm. This exhibition of old Africa maps will take us on a trip through geographical knowledge and history in Africa. As part of the Hispanic-Kenian Cultural Forum, this exhibition is curated by specialist Javier Serrano. Additional information from Federico Olivieri.
January 20, 2011 - February 28, 2011 – Athens
The exhibition Abraham Ortelius’ Greece. Maps from Margarita Samourka’s Collection features original maps of Abraham Ortelius that are displayed in the Basil Room of the Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 54 Souidias Street. The exhibition presents the maps of the Greek world that were included in the works of Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" (Theater of the World), the first atlas in the modern sense of the term, as well as in the "Parergon," the annex of historical maps of the Theatrum. The maps of modern geography included in the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" (1570-1598) all come from the large map collection compiled by Abraham Ortelius.
January 29, 2011 - March 27, 2011 - Greyhound Hill, Hendon
An exhibition detailing the history behind one of the world's most iconic designs has gone on display in Hendon. The London Tube map, created by Finchley resident Harry Beck, went on to inspire and influence thousands of similar designs across the globe. Now, the Church Farmhouse Museum on Greyhound Hill, is giving residents the chance to explore the painstaking research, development and persuasion process Beck had to contend with in order to get his design recognised. The exhibition, based on a local private collection, traces the development of the London Underground Map from the 19th Century to the present day. The Church Farmhouse Museum is open: Monday - Thursday 10am-1pm; 2pm-5pm; Saturday 10am-1pm; 2pm-5.30pm; Sunday 2pm-5.30pm. For more information about the exhibition, telephone: 0208 359 3942.
November 30, 2010 - March 31, 2011 – Brussels
Istanbul Centre in Brussels, Avenue des Arts 46, hosts the exhibition Bird’s Eye View of Istanbul which presents some of the most stunning city maps ever produced about Istanbul from 15th to 20th centuries. The exhibit focuses on maps drawn during the 15th and 16th centuries by three well-known cartographers – Schedell, Buondelmonti and Vavassore – along with other work from the Byzantine period extending up to the 20th century.
June 2010 - March 2011 - San Diego
Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark. The Quivira Collection is a world class exhibition showcasing 45 magnificent maps, books and illustrations, dated 1544 through 1802, of the west coast of North America. It invites viewers on a voyage of exploration from the first tentative probing by European explorers through Thomas Jefferson’s commission of the Corps of Discovery. The 29 maps, 11 illustrations and 5 books that comprise the collection have been on tour in museums throughout the country, and have been viewed by thousands of people of all ages. It can now be seen at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Drive.
November 19, 2010 - March 2011 - Midland, Texas
The Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine and the Petroleum Museum have partnered by opening the Westward For Wealth exhibit at the Petroleum Museum, 1500 West Interstate 20. The maps on display are from the Museum of the Big Bend’s Yana & Marty Davis Map Collection. In this exhibit, the maps are used to illustrate the westward expansion for wealth.
October 16, 2010 - April 2, 2011 - Aberystwyth, Ceredigion,
The National Library of Wales has a major exhibition on the history of travel and exploration in Wales and beyond - Small World - Travel in Wales and Beyond. The main exhibition itself will include a number of maps and other items from the Library’s unique collections. In addition to this an exhibition of maps called Putting Wales on the map is being displayed.
March 23, 2011 – April 10, 2011 – Valletta
An exhibition of specially selected antique maps and plans of Valletta will be held at the National Museum of Fine Arts,South Street; hours 9 – 17.00. This exhibition is being held to mark the donation to Heritage Malta of Dr. Albert Ganado's manuscripts of his two magnus opae: “A Study In Depth of 143 Maps Representing the Great Siege of Malta of 1565” and “Valletta Citta Nuova: A Map History from 1565 – 1600.”
January 22, 2011 - April 17, 2011 - Treviso, Italy
Atlante Trevigiano [Atlases of Treviso] can be seen at Fondazione Benetton, via Cornarotta, 7. The exhibit features cartography and iconography of cities and the territory of Treviso from the fifteenth to the twentieth century organized by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche. Open Tue to Fri 15-20, Sat / Sun 10-20. Additional information from 39 0422 5121.
January 22, 2011 - April 24, 2011 - El Paso, Texas
El Archivo General de Indias (the General Archive of the Indies) in Seville, Spain has has loaned nearly 140 documents spanning Ponce de León’s first contact in Florida through New Mexico’s incorporation as a U.S. Territory for the exhibit El Hilo de la Memoria, España y los Estados Unidos [The Threads of Memory, Spain & the United States]. The exhibit, at the El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, includes rare documents, illustrations and maps detailing Spain’s early presence in North America. The exhibit will next go to the Historic New Orleans Collection.
March 22, 2011 - April 28, 2011 – London
From the great African Kings and Empires from 3000BC to the complex trade networks and migration of Africans within the continent and across the world, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s new Rediscovering African Geographies exhibition uses maps, photographs and literature from our Collections to travel through Africa’s history. Rediscovering African Geographies shows, from an African perspective, how culture, international relations, language and conflict have shaped the geography we know today. It reveals often neglected stories and how these records of African societies, cultures and landscapes helped shape and inform European views of this continent and its people.
August 14, 2010 - April 30, 2011 - Dayton, Virginia
The Heritage Museum, 382 High Street, will host a special exhibit of the maps of Major Jedidiah Hotchkiss - Jed Hotchkiss, Shenandoah Valley Mapmaker during the Civil War. He was the chief map-maker for Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson during the Civil War. The maps are on loan from the Library of Congress.
November 11, 2010 – April 30, 2011 – Rochester, New
A collection of some of the earliest maps and drawings of Western New York are being donated to the University of Rochester, which will feature the rare prints in a free exhibition in Rush Rhees Library. The collection includes the first map printed in the colony of New York, dated 1723, as well as the earliest known drawing of the region, a circa 1768 etching of the Upper Falls of the Genesee River. The collection consists of more than 40 rare maps, prints, books, and copper engravings recently donated to the library's Rare Books and Special Collections Department by Dr. Seymour Schwartz. The Distinguished Alumni Professor of century development of Western New York from its days as the home of Native American tribes to its division into vast land tracks in the Phelps and Gorham Purchase Surgery in the University's School of Medicine and Dentistry, Schwartz also is a renowned map historian. The collection charts the 18th- and 19th-to its emergence as a commercial shipping artery along the newly constructed Erie Canal.
March 15, 2011 - April 30, 2011 – Manila
The Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies opened Bridging East and West, a free public art exhibit commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Fr. Matteo Ricci, S.J., a Jesuit pioneer of inculturation. The ongoing exhibit at the Pardo de Tavera Room of the old Rizal Library features missionary and secular art, artifacts and books which illustrate cultural interchange between East and West— Philippines, Macau, China, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Baja and California—in the context of the Jesuit missions. The exhibit especially emphasizes the Jesuit missionary work in China, led by Fr. Ricci. Also included in the exhibit is an old map collection from former School of Humanities Dean Leo Garcia.
April 7, 2011 - May 7, 2011 – Milan
L'Italia prima dell'Italia - Carte geografiche e topografiche dell’Italia dal 1478 al 1861" [Italy before Italy - Geographical and Large Scale Maps of Italy since 1478 to 1861] can be seen at Centro Studi Manzoniani in the House of Manzoni (Via Morone, 1). The exhibition, organized by the Associazione "Roberto Almagià" (Italian map collector Society), is one of the events of the150th year from the Unity of Italy, on the behalf of the National Commission, with the support of the Società Geografica Italiana (Italian Geographical Society) Centro Studi per gli Studi Storico-Geografici (Center for the Historic-Geographical Studies) and the University IUAv of Venice. In the exhibition-the first exhibition of Maps of Italy ever made-will be on display 59 maps (some multi-sheets and wall maps) from the Roman Edition (1478) of Ptolemy's Geography to large scale mapping of Italian States in XIX century. A catalog edited by Vladimiro Valerio (158 pages in color) has been published.
March 2, 2011 - May 16, 2011 - Hong Kong
This year marks the centenary of the 1911 Revolution, an epoch-making event that had far-reaching consequences for the Chinese people, including the end of imperial rule and the birth of Asia's first republic. To commemorate this remarkable event, an exhibition titled Centenary of China's 1911 Revolution will be held at the Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong (next to the Hong Kong Science Museum). This exhibition showcases over 150 exhibits from Hubei Provincial Museum and other collections as well as historical images, videos and maps to illustrate this milestone in China's modern history and also highlight the immense contribution that Hong Kong made to this revolution.
January 18, 2011 – May 18, 2011 – Cambridge,
Michael Buehler (of Boston Rare Maps) is guest-curator of an exhibition at the Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, Map Gallery Hall. The title is Toward a National Cartography: American Mapmaking, 1782-1800. This exhibition documents the development of mapmaking in the United States in the years immediately following the American Revolution. That period saw the emergence of a cartography that was distinctly American, different in goals, subject matter, methods, iconography and aesthetics from the British maps that had dominated the Colonial era. Twenty-one maps will be exhibited, most of them of the greatest rarity, organized into six broad themes. The first three - “Nation,” “States,” and “Towns” - emphasize different spheres of allegiance and identity, a profound challenge to those early leaders who sought to erect a cohesive republic. The latter three - “Navigation,” “Expansion,” and “Connection” - highlight maps produced in support of three epic projects, each essential to fostering a coherent national territory. Despite the many differences of goals, content and style, the stories behind each highlight the entrepreneurial, ad hoc, and dynamic character of American mapmaking in the postwar period. For details contact Joseph Garver at 617-496-8717 or Michael Buehler at 413-527-4020.
January 15, 2011 – May 23, 2011 - Knoxville,
Maps dating to Christopher Columbus's time and today's latest global positioning devices show the range of a new Frank H. McClung Museum (University of Tennessee, 1327 Circle Park Drive) exhibit. Mapping the New World focuses on maps and how they were made and used for hundreds of years. By showing how maps developed over 350 years, the exhibit illustrates how man's perception of the world has changed. Twenty-nine original maps dating from 1493 to 1847 are the focus of the exhibit. Nineteen of the earliest are on loan from renowned map collector and New York resident W. Graham Arader III. Another 10 maps depict Tennessee and parts of the Southeastern United States and come from the UT Libraries' Special Collections. They include a 1657 map of what is now the southern part of the United States, 18th-century diagrams of the Cherokee nation and a 1847 map of the state of Tennessee.
March 24, 2011 – May 23, 2011 – New Haven
The George Washington Atlas, one of the jewels of the Yale Map Department, recently underwent some much-needed conservation treatment. America Transformed: From George Washington's American Atlas to the 21st Century features facsimiles from the Yale Map Department's George Washington American Atlas and modern mirror maps made from cartographic data contained in the department's GIS Collection. Exhibit can be seen at Sterling Memorial Library, Memorabilia Room, 120 High St. Open Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM.
November 11, 2010 - May 29, 2011 – Athens
An exhibition of maps of the Aegean Sea from the 15th to the 17th century can be seen at the Eynardou Mansion on the corner of 20 Agiou Constantinou and Menandrou streets off Omonia Square in downtown Athens. The exhibition is titled Το Αιγαίο Πέλαγος. Χαρτογραφία και ιστορία, 15ος - 17ος αιώνας [The Aegean Sea - Cartography and History 15th-17th century], and the exhibits are from the Greek Cartography Archives collection. The Greek Cartography Archive was founded in 2002 with a donation by Victor and Niovi Mela of their old maps collection to the National Bank of Greece's Cultural Foundation. The Eynardou Mansion houses the National Bank's Cultural Foundation.
January 30, 2011 - May 30, 2011 - Bennington, Vermont
Founding Documents is an exhibit, at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, that commemorates the 250th anniversary of the settlement of Bennington. Archival documents from the museum's collection relevant to the settlement and early decades of life in Bennington will be on view. The exhibit covers the history of the town from the late 18th century to the early 19th century.
October 22, 2010 - May 31, 2011 - New Bern, North Carolina
Bern New Bern is an international exhibit on the relationship between New Bern and mother city Bern, Switzerland in the Duffy Exhibit Gallery, North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front Street. Included are 18th- and 19th-century silver and furniture made in Eastern North Carolina; selections from a noted local collection of historic African American art and artifacts; a significant group of printed and manuscript maps of New Bern and the surrounding region; and rare manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts that document the Civil War experience in North Carolina.
February 23, 2011 - May 31, 2011 - Ithaca, New York
The Maps and Media Unit in the Research & Learning Services Department of Olin & Uris Libraries, invites you to visit the exhibit, Unusual Maps: Exploring Different Geographies, displayed in the lower level lobby of Olin Library. A “strange” map must contain something out of the ordinary. It may depict, for instance, California as an island. Or, it may transmit information about places that do not exist, like the world map of human experience. It may be the basis for the creation of a popular literary work, as in the case of R. L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Such “strange” maps present cartographic techniques used to map “different geographies” that are outside the usual cartographer’s bailiwick, like the mapping of Cyberspace, or the map showing the ZIP codes where the rap artist Ludacris claims to have had romantic encounters. The maps in the exhibit are arranged in seven categories: Cartographic Misconceptions, Fantasy, Literature, Politics and Propaganda, Art, Cyberspace, and Popular Culture. Some of them are part of the Cornell University Library Map Collection, others come as illustrations in books, and still others were downloaded, mostly from Wikimedia Commons, and The Library of Congress map depository.
February 1, 2011 – May 2011 - Schenectady, New York
The Art in Cartography exhibit highlights the collection of the Schenectady County Historical Society. This exhibit features maps, atlases, and artifacts from the Society’s collection, including its two most recently conserved objects, maps of New York State completed by Simeon Dewitt (1802) and Claude Joseph Sauthier (1779), displayed alongside other state, city, county, and land plot maps. This exhibit will not only focus on the evolution of cartography, but also the cartographers themselves, and it will take note of the artwork that many of these maps showcase. From the hand drawn maps of James Frost to the engravings included on the maps of John Calvin Smith, this exhibit will be visually exciting and interesting to all visitors. Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue; Phone: 518-374-0263; Hours: 9-5, M-F, 10-2 Sat.
February 11, 2011 - June 5, 2011 – Southampton
Ordnance Survey has joined forces with Southampton City Council to celebrate over 160 years of history between the map makers and the city with an exhibition at the Maritime Museum, The Wool House, Town Quay Road. Ordnance Survey In Southampton: Mapping Great Britain Since 1791 celebrates not only a long association between the national mapping agency and the city of Southampton, but also the Ordnance Survey's recent move to a new head office at Adanac Park, near the M271. As well as a number of artifacts illustrating past surveying and cartographic techniques there is a mine of information on Ordnance Survey, past and present. Take the opportunity to discover more about the national mapping agencies three homes in the city since transferring from the Tower of London is 1842 and how the Southampton Blitz affected the organisation.
May 14, 2011 – June 26, 2011 – Oxford
We are pleased to announce that an exhibition of the late medieval Gough Map of Great Britain will take place in the Proscholium, Bodleian Library. The exhibition – Linguistic geographies: three centuries of language, script and cartography in the Gough Map of Great Britain - will be a rare public display of the map along with a copy of Richard Gough's 'British Topography' and its engraving of the map that gained his name. These two key documents of English cartographic history will provide visitors with a valuable opportunity to see close-up the fine details of the Gough map, and in particular the writing that appears on it. The map's script is a key to understanding its making and use, and the exhibition will offer new interpretations based upon the on-going "Linguistic Geographies" research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The exhibition is organised by the Linguistic Geographies project team, with particular inputs from Nick Millea and Elizabeth Solopova. The team wish to thank the Bodleian Library for its support of this exhibition, as well as the Arts and Humanities Research Council. For more information contact Nick Millea, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Tel: 01865 287119, Fax: 01865 277139.
October 26, 2010 - June 2011 – Palermo
The exhibit named La Sicilia raccontata dai cartografi [Sicily through the eyes of cartographers] gathers together the atlases, all original copies, owned by Antonio La Gumina that have already been put on display since 1999 in New York, Brussels and Paris. For thirty years La Gumina was the director of the Banco di Sicilia branch, and for four three-year terms directed the Italian/French Chamber of Commerce. In the rooms of the lodge of palazzo d'Orleans, seat of the Regional Council of Sicily, Piazza Indipendenza n. 21, there are on display many pocket atlases, known as the ''isolari'', a branch of cartography born in Venice during the 15th Century needed for navigation in the Mediterranean which are dedicated, as the name says, to the islands, and there are also nautical charts. They trace the evolution of cartography up to the 19th Century and show how Sicily was seen: from the rough outlines of 15th and 16th Centuries to the progressively more detailed and precise ones of the 19th Century which were also carried out for administrative reasons. The most ancient is a Ptolemaic chart dated 1480 and there is also a chart dated 1860 that belonged to Nino Bixio.
April 13, 2011 – July 8, 2011 – Jena
Globus, Kubus, Kegel ... Kartographische Weltbilder um 1800 [Globe, cube, cone ... Cartographic images of the world in 1800] can be seen at Ernst-Haeckel-Haus, Berggasse 7.
May 10, 2011 - July 10, 2011 - New Orleans
El Archivo General de Indias (the General Archive of the Indies) in Seville, Spain has has loaned nearly 140 documents spanning Ponce de León’s first contact in Florida through New Mexico’s incorporation as a U.S. Territory for the exhibit El Hilo de la Memoria, España y los Estados Unidos [The Threads of Memory, Spain & the United States]. The exhibit, at the Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, includes rare documents, illustrations and maps detailing Spain’s early presence in North America.
May 16, 2011 - July 10, 2011 – Lyon
Une Cartographie Missionnaire / L’Afrique explorée, représentée, appropriée can be seen at Œuvres Pontificales Missionnaires, 12 rue Sala. Open Monday to Friday 9h-12h, 13h-17h30.
July 8-23, 2011 - Bar Harbor, Maine
Like many a Maine home buyer, when Martha Stewart moved into her renowned Seal Harbor home, Skylands, built by Edsel Ford, she wanted to know a bit more about the territory - past and present. One result of Stewart's investigation into Maine's terrain is a stunning map collection. Approximately 30 items will be exhibited this summer at College of the Atlantic's Ethel H. Blum Gallery. The show, Charting a Story: Martha Stewart's Maine Map Collection is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ethel H. Blum Gallery is located on the second floor of the Gates Community Center, directly above the McCormick Lecture Hall.
May 28, 2011 - July 24, 2011 - Winona, Minnesota
Minnesota on the Map is at the Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson Street. The exhibit features a dozen maps from Minnesota Historical Society collections, from Louis Hennepin's 1683 map of the upper Mississippi River Valley to a satellite map of Minnesota produced by NASA. In addition, a video station provides commentary on a selection of the maps. Other exhibit elements include a bin of laminated maps that visitors can sort through for an in-depth look at Minnesota's geography and an oversized jigsaw puzzle map of Minnesota that will engage school children and other young visitors. The Winona County Historical Society will bring out maps from their own collection to exhibit with this traveling exhibit.
March 18, 2011 – July 30, 2011 - Watertown,
The Armenian Library and Museum of America, 65 Main Street, will open a new exhibit Where in the World is Armenia?, examining the historical borders of Armenia and the role of maps in the public image of the country in Western societies. The exhibit is based on the Armen Esserian Map Collection at the Armenian Library, supplemented by works from other important collections in the archives. It showcases historical 17th to 19th century maps that reflect the changing notion of Armenia and the world around it over millennia. The exhibit will be featured in the Museum’s 3rd floor Contemporary Art Gallery.
February 3, 2011 - July 31, 2011 - Hays, Kansas
The Special Collections Area of Forsyth Library, Fort Hays State University, 502 South Campus Drive, invites you to come celebrate Kansas’ 150th birthday with a special Sesquicentennial Exhibition in the South Study Area. The exhibit includes petroglyphs, maps, model buildings, printing plates, stuffed tigers and other memorabilia of FHSU. The map collection consists of seven framed maps of Kansas dating from 1855-1879.
April 5, 2011 - August 5, 2011 - Santiago de Compostela,
The Biblioteca de Galicia and the Cidade da Cultura de Galicia have organized an exhibition, Cartografia antiga de Galicia [Mapping Ancient Galicia], on the history of the cartography of this Spanish region. The exhibit includes maps from the 16th to 19th centuries. A few highlights: the large map (2.45 x 2.25 m) of the region made by Domingo Fontán after a 18-year long survey (19th century), the earliest extant separate map of Galicia (1603), and nautical charts by Lucas Jans Waghenaer (end of 16th century).
February 16, 2011 - August 11, 2011 - Bowling Green,
Our cultural and physical geography is showcased by mapmakers through county land ownership, large-scale topographic and thematic maps, and other maps that portray a geographic area at a particular point in time. Mapmaking is the story of heroes and everyday routines. They are tools and yet many are works of art. Finding Our Way: Maps & Mapmaking is a sample of the Kentucky Library and Museum’s map collections. Exhibit on display in the Brown Gallery, The Kentucky Library & Museum, Western Kentucky University.
March 14, 2011 - August 13, 2011 – Philadelphia
Between 1572 and 1617, Georg Braun, editor, and Franz Hogenberg, engraver, produced the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, a multi-volume collection of views of cities of the world published to complement the first modern atlas, Abraham Ortelius' “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,” a map collection first published in 1570. Renaissance City Views from Above and Afar exhibits collector Jack Sosiak's large group of Braun and Hogenberg's city views, together with related city views from Penn's own collections. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with a gathering of contributors to the Oxford Handbook on Cities in History. Exhibit is in Kamin Gallery, 1st floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut Street. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
April 22, 2011 - August 14, 2011 – Nottingham
Maps provide a fascinating point of entry to different cultures and different times. Though their function was often practical, demonstrating ownership and land management, they can also be works of beauty and imagination. Scattered through the archives and rare book collections at the University of Nottingham are many examples of maps, from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. While each item tells its own story of creation and use, the narrative of the display concerns the people of the Midlands, their knowledge of the physical world and the significance of maps in their lives. The common theme is often one of property and power, but items also illustrate the development of communities in a rural landscape and the pace of urban growth. At an international level we see political aspirations and British perceptions of foreign lands. The exhibit Home and Abroad - Maps From The Historic Collection looks back from our current familiarity with satellite navigation and digital mapping to celebrate an age of physical maps, in exhibits ranging from the simplicity of a few sketched lines and scribbled names to sophisticated examples of cartographic publication. Exhibit can be seen at Weston Gallery, DH Lawrence Pavilion, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park.
March 18, 2011 - August 20, 2011 - Gainesville,
Cartography from the Age of Exploration celebrates the 80th Anniversary of the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies with a collection of maps dating to the 16th and 17th centuries from collector and UF alumnus Steven Keats. Keats’ collection primarily focuses on cartography of the Americas and the Caribbean by European explorers. The exhibition includes works from Martin Walseemueler, author of the first map of the Western Hemisphere; and Sebastian Munster, author of the first map to conceptualize North and South America as separate continents. Other highlights are two 1572 city views of Cusco and Mexico City, an illustrated map of Walter Releigh’s search of El Dorado, and a 1609 depiction of Asia. While an undertone of the exhibition alludes to mercantile enterprises that later developed into colonialism, the maps also exemplify artistic and textual stylizations, popular myths and folklores, and common assumptions of the time. Grinter Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is closed weekends and holidays. Grinter Gallery is located in the main lobby of Grinter Hall, next to the University Auditorium, on the University of Florida campus. For further information, please contact the University Gallery at 352-273-3000.
April 16, 2011 ~ August 21, 2011 - Richmond
If you stared at a map, what would it tell you about its people? Maps not only convey the location of people and places, but the ways in which these people behave. Since the 18th century- and with the growth of technology- maps and their making have evolved in new and dramatic ways. Visit Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Road, to tour this special exhibit, Get Found: Mapping Place and Time?, curated by students of Virginia Commonwealth University's Museum Studies program, to "hear" and see what maps and the modern world will say to you.
June 21, 2011 – August 21, 2011 – Paris
Carnets de Route des Explorateurs d’Afrique [African Explorers’ itineraries] at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, François Mitterand site, Quai François-Mauriac, Paris 13e. Everyday from 09:00 to 20:00, admission free. Métro Line 6 (Quai de la Gare), Métro Line 14 and RER (Bibliothèque François Mitterand). Tel +(01) 126.96.36.199.
July 8, 2011 - August 21, 2011 - Shawnee, Oklahoma
The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art opened the exhibition, Wherever You Go: Maps from the Joe Marenghi Collection. This exhibition consists of 16th and 17th century maps. Most of the maps originally came from books. They depict areas all around the world from Italy to England to Africa. In the hands-on area, there will be different kinds of maps including one where visitors can mark where they live. The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located on the campus of St. Gregory’s University, 1900 W. MacArthur St. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
March 8, 2011 - August 25, 2011 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, announces its new exhibit. Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine, 1793-1860, celebrates Edward V. Thompson’s recent publication of the same title (published by the Nimue Books & Prints in Bangor). This period is very important in the geographic history of Maine and the cartographic history of the United States because it was during this time that Maine’s boundaries were established and the state was organized as a discrete territory. When the first map of Maine was printed in 1793, Maine had only five counties; the sixteenth and last was formed in 1860. The maps published between these two dates reveal the steady increase in people’s geographical knowledge about the state: the location and contours of interior lakes and rivers; the construction of an extensive railroad system; the laying out of new townships; and the expansion of Maine’s ports and mill towns. For the United States, the decades from the ratification of the Constitution to the outbreak of the Civil War witnessed the emergence and maturation of a distinctive cartographic tradition. Printed Maps of Maine displays key examples of the wide variety of works produced, from atlas maps (including a very rare “rolled” atlas), wall maps, pocket maps, and maps from books and newspapers. A wide range of “quality” is evident in the maps on display, from true cartographic masterpieces by some of the greatest U.S. mapmakers to news maps intended to have only a short life.
May 30, 2011 – August 26, 2011 – Edinburgh,
Housing Paper Worlds displays architectural designs and 11 new maps of Edinburgh by Dundee University architecture students in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland. The fourth-year students have designed a new Cartographic Institute in Edinburgh, based on two currently vacant sites. Striking and original artwork, designs and plans for the building are displayed in the NLS Maps Reading Room, setting the sites in context. The maps were created to develop a cultural, economic, historical, architectural, and geographic understanding of the city. These insights have informed the designs for the new institute in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. The display is free and open to the public: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30-17.00; Wednesday: 10.00-17.00; Saturday: 9.30-13.00.
August 4-28, 2011 - Phnom Penh
Fifty-four extremely rare First Maps of Cambodia will go on show for the first time at an exhibition at the French Cultural Centre, 218 Street 184. Made by unknown artists and showing a variety of styles and scripts, the maps were offered to King Norodom Sihamoni by the École française d’Extrême-Orient last year. Even though scholars have been unable to find out who commissioned them, they estimate they were drawn some time between 1884 and 1892, during the reign of King Norodom I and the French protectorate. The maps are captioned in Khmer and all the provinces are represented in a great diversity of forms.
July 22, 2011 - August 29, 2011 – Brighton
A treasure trove of historical artwork hidden in a cottage for 60 years is to go on public display for the first time. This summer the University of Brighton is mounting a retrospective exhibition of the work of MacDonald (Max) Gill: Out of the Shadows: MacDonald (‘Max’) Gill decorative map posters. Max Gill was best known for pictorial maps and in 1914, his “Wonderground” map of the London Underground system sold in its thousands and inspired a resurgence of pictorial and decorative map-making in Britain, the United States, Latin America and Australia. This rich and absorbing visual panorama will provide a long overdue opportunity to rediscover and appreciate the work of a remarkable, influential and multi-talented artist, designer and architect of the first half of the twentieth century. Exhibit can be seen at the Sallis Benney Theatre and University Gallery. Further enquiries about the exhibition should be addressed to Madeleine Meadows.
July 11, 2011 – August 31, 2011 – Moscow
For the Good of Art and Science can be seen at the State Historical Museum, Red Square. The exhibition coincides with the opening of the International Conference on the History of Cartography that takes place in Russia for the first time. You’ll see the masterpieces of cartographic art from the collections of the Historical Museum. The maps are represented not as sources of information but as objects of decorative art such as they once were perceived. You’ll see a change of styles of map design over five centuries (from the mid-16th century to the mid-20th century), besides you’ll see maps executed not only on paper but on silver, porcelain and metal surfaces.
December 6, 2010 – summer 2011 - Hastings-on-Hudson, New
The Hastings Historical Society has formally unveiled its newest exhibit, A Story of a Village: Hastings in Maps from 1600 to the Present; a display of 27 maps from its collection. A hand-out is available for self-guided tours. In its introduction, it reads: "Hastings residents have a different way of looking at maps. Whereas some might search for the compass rose, a Hastings dweller orients by locating the river. The Hudson is the defining presence in our village. From north to south, its shoreline acted as a magnet for industry and growth for our community; to the west, it offered views of the majestic Palisades." Beginning in the rotunda room, visitors—with the help of descriptive passages alongside the various maps—can trace the history of the village from the days of Henry Hudson's historic voyage, when Native Americans inhabited the land, through the colonial and American Revolution periods, and into the 19th century, when industry and commerce transformed the area's landscape. Open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and other times by appointment by calling 914/478-2249. The Hastings-On-Hudson Historical Society Museum is located on the grounds of the John W. Draper Observatory at 407 Broadway.
June 11, 2011 - September 10, 2011 - Lancaster, England
Delve into the incredible art and science of the map-maker in a new exhibition of historic maps and sea charts, All Points North, opening at Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House, St George's Quay. Drawing on the historic map collections of Lancaster City Council, the exhibition includes the earliest county maps of Lancashire, dating from 1577, early road maps, town plans of Lancaster, early Ordnance Survey maps and sea charts of Morecambe Bay. A number of maps have been restored by Lancashire County Council's Conservation Studios in Preston to make them suitable for display and protect them from disintegration for future generations. The impressive skills of the map maker are displayed here for all to see.
June 13, 2011 - September 16, 2011 – Milwaukee
As part of the 2011 city-wide celebration of Chinese culture, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, 2311 East Hartford Avenue, is presenting an exhibition highlighting their collections of Chinese-related materials. China Revealed: Maps and Photographs from the American Geographical Society Library is located on the 3rd Floor, East Wing of the Golda Meir Library building. This exhibit features maps, atlases, photographs, and rare geographical publications from the AGS Library. The exhibition is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, call 414-229-4345 or 414-229-6282.
May 15, 2011 – September 18, 2011 –
A special exhibition honoring the 450th anniversary of the Map of Silesia by Martin Helwig (1516-1574) can be seen at Haus Schlesien, Dollendorfer Str. 412.
April 22, 2011 - September 24, 2011 – Miami
For more than a century, tourists have visited attractions and admired sub-tropical landscapes. Some travelers returned home with a souvenir plate—a fun and portable keepsake. Souvenir plates feature a picturesque scene, often surrounded by a decorative border. While some have become highly collectable antiques, others are simply fun kitsch—mementos of a vacation in the sun. Tourists also acquired pictorial maps as souvenirs of their vacations. Colorful pictorial maps—decorated with tiny and often whimsical drawings of people, animals and landmarks—were especially popular during the mid-twentieth century. They have also become “collectibles.” Some of the most charming souvenir plates and pictorial maps in the HistoryMiami Museum’s collections will be shown in the Souvenir Maps and Plates exhibition—most for the first time. The exhibition, at 101 West Flagler Street, is sure to appeal to the collector in all of us.
August 6, 2011 - September 24, 2011 - Chisholm,
Minnesota on the Map can be seen at Minnesota Discovery Center, 1005 Discovery Drive. This exhibit draws on maps of Minnesota from the late 1600s to the early 2000s, and was created by the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, with research assistance from David A. Lanegran, Carol L. Urness, and the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education.
April 13, 2011 - September 30, 2011 – Vilnius
The New Arsenal - National Museum, which is situated on Arsenalo Street 1, near the base of the hill with the Tower of Gediminas on top of it, presents its new exhibition of Ancient Maps of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy and old Lithuanian Books from the collection of famous abstract-style painter Kazys Varnelis. Those maps and books, which look like masterpieces of art, were never on show before. Some of them are so unique that no Lithuanian library has copies of them. Varnelis, who indeed was a passionate collector of Lithuanian history-related items, died on Oct. 29, 2010. The collection will be on show till Sept. 30. The part of Varnelis’ collection on show in the New Arsenal presents not only the maps of the huge territory of the state of Lithuania in the 16th-18th centuries, but also a map of its capital, Vilnius, in 1576, a map of Klaipeda from the 18th century, and more than 100 other maps, including maps of battles.
May 25, 2011 - September 30, 2011 – Cambridge,
Maps offer guideposts to orient us in physical space, but they also employ a repertoire of graphic tools to convey overt and covert messages that channel our geographical perceptions. The ornamental features that may now seem little more than decorative embellishments once acted as richly nuanced symbols, analogies, and coded commentaries. Going for Baroque: The Iconography of the Ornamental Map explores how decorative cartographic devices - cartouches, vignettes, figural borders, title pages, and frontispieces—could provide narrative underpinnings for the geospatial content of maps. To those accustomed to their visual vocabulary, these ornamental elements (whether emblems, insignia, heraldic shields, mythological figures, or allegories) could make an eloquent case for the authority and vision of the mapmaker. Exhibit is in Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library, Harvard University. For details contact Joseph Garver at 617-496-8717.
September 25, 2011 - October 13, 2011 - Washington Crossing,
The David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road, a non-profit archive dedicated to the study of American History during the Revolutionary period of 1750-1800, will be hosting an exhibit of historic maps entitled Early Maps of America: 16th to 18th Century. The exhibit, which will feature maps ranging from a sixteenth century Ptolemaic map to a 1777 map of Philadelphia by Scull and Heaps, will preview on Sunday, September 25 from 1 pm to 3 pm, prior to a lecture by Prof. Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School. The Opening Reception will be on Tuesday, September 27 at 6 pm, followed at 7:30 by a lecture on the exhibit by Dr. Daniel Trachtenberg, a map expert and collector. The exhibit will be open for public viewing on Saturday, October 1 from 1 pm to 5 pm, Thursday, October 13 from 6PM to 7:30 prior to the lecture by Prof. David G. Post of Temple University Law School, and by appointment. Appointments to see the exhibit at times other than those listed above can be made by calling (215) 493-2233 ext. 100.
September 23, 2011 – October 15, 2011 – Vottoriosa,
An exhibition of German Malta Maps can be seen at the Malta Maritime Museum. Open 9.00-16.30, phone 2180 5287.
July 29, 2011 – October 16, 2011 – Weimer
Die Welt aus Weimer: zur Geschichte des Geographischen Instituts [The World seen from Weimer: History of the Geographical Institute] is on display at the Weimer City Museum, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 5-9.
February 26, 2011 - October 30, 2011 - Flagstaff, Arizona
There is an indigenous mapping movement growing around the world reinforcing indigenous knowledge of ancestral lands and describing the world as a cultural landscape. The Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd, exhibit A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne - The Zuni World, highlights the Zuni peoples’ unique approach to mapping with art. Thirty new Zuni map art paintings and accompanying videography and acoustic productions are part of the exhibit, produced in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center (AAMHC) in Zuni, New Mexico. The Zunis have always had maps, in songs and prayers, painted on ceramics, and etched in stone. These maps refer to the place of their origin and places they visited. But over the past 500 years, Zuni names of places and their meanings have been all but eliminated from mainstream use. In their place are a new set of maps, with a new set of names that reflect other values and ways of seeing the world that has been the Zunis’ home for generations.
May 1, 2011 - October 30, 2011 - Burnley, England
An exhibition has been launched to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Burnley becoming a borough. Burnley Historical Society has put together the exhibition which celebrates the significant year in the area’s history. The exhibition features information on what Burnley was like in 1861, including old photographs, a copy of the Royal Charter and old maps. Other areas look at other historical events that happened in the same year, such as the start of the American Civil War. The historical society’s exhibition runs from 2pm to 4pm from Saturday to Tuesday at the Weavers Triangle Visitor Centre.
July 1, 2011 - October 31, 2011 - San Francisco
Mapping The Pacific Coast, at the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, showcases rare, historic maps, books and illustrations of Pacific Coast exploration, dated 1544 through 1802. These historic stories are told through original maps of the time and illustrations – the earliest being woodcuts and the majority being copperplate engravings, many in original hand color. Mapping the Pacific Coast was originally shown at the Sonoma County museum in 2004, and has been on tour around the country ever since. Other venues have included the Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic, CT. and the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Following its exhibition in San Francisco, the exhibit will move to its permanent home in Oregon, at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
May 16, 2011 - Fall 2011 - Muleshoe, Texas
The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge has a new exhibit about the history of the refuge and southern Bailey County. The Mapping the South Plains exhibit, created by four area women, showcases panoramic photographs of Paul's Lake and White Lake, historic photographs and maps and antique surveyor tools and draftsman equipment. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located about 20 miles south of Muleshoe on Texas 214. For more information, contact the refuge at (806) 946-3341.
October 1, 2010 – November 6, 2011 – Littleton,
Pivotal Points: The Exploration and Mapping of the Trans-Mississippi West can be seen at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup Street. What are the Pivotal Points in the exploration and mapping of the West that helped to illustrate the continent? Through maps and reports primarily drawn from the Littleton Museum collection, this exhibition depicts some of those Pivotal Points, placing them within the context of contemporary thought and identifying them on the timeline of American history.
September 2, 2011 – November 6, 2011 - Sint-Niklaas,
A double exhibition: The land of Waas, as seen in maps, and Belgium in maps – the evolution of the landscape in three centuries of cartography can be seen at the Mercator Museum, Zamanstraat 49.
September 20, 2011 – November 6, 2011 –
Karten aus der Region Neukirchen-Vluyn [Maps from the region Moers] is a special exhibit of numerous examples from the map collection of the Museum Neukirchen-Vluyn, Von-der-Leyen-Platz 1. It presents historical maps from the Lower Rhine, regional and municipal maps of Neukirchen and Vluyn, supplemented by topographical maps and development plans.
September 19, 2011 - November 11, 2011 –
Philadelphia Places on Paper: Selections From the Eli P. Zebooker Collection can be see at the Philadelphia Athenaeum, 219 S. 6th Street. This is an exhibition of more than 50 pieces from the recent gift of Dr. Eli P. Zebooker, an Athenaeum shareholder since 1976. Featured are maps, prints and books that document the growing Colonial, Federal and Victorian City. Some of Philadelphia’s rarest 18th and 19th century cartographic, iconographic, and bibliographic treasures will be on view, including William Scull’s 1770 Map of Pennsylvania, Carrington Bowles’s 1778 East Perspective View of the City of Philadelphia, and Julio Rae’s 1851 Pictorial Directory & Panoramic Advertiser of Chestnut Street from Second to Tenth Streets.
November 8-26, 2011 – Milan
In honor of the opening of the new Holy Land Library of Milan (Libreria Terra Santa, Via G. Gherardini, 2), Francesco Pettinaroli, owner of the shop in the historic Piazza San Fedele, curated a small exhibition of ancient maps of the Holy Land entitled: The Land of the Word. Maps of the Holy Land from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. The exhibition highlights the privileged and ancient relationship that has always existed between the cartographers and the Holy Land. Maps displayed include one from Martin Waldseemüller's edition of the famous Geography of Ptolemy (Strasbourg, 1513), one coming from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of Ortelius (Antwerp 1601), and the beautiful plan of Jerusalem published by Matthäus Seutter. There is a catalog of the exhibit edited by Francesco Pettinaroli.
February 19, 2011 - November 28, 2011 – Bath
The Building of Bath Collection’s major exhibition for 2011, Putting Bath on the Map, will unveil a private collection of maps of Bath, dating from c. 1600 to the present day. Collectively these maps tell the story of the city’s evolution from the medieval city to the Georgian spa and beyond. The maps also reveal the development of map making as both an art and a science. Until the rapid transformation of the Georgian period, Bath remained a city largely contained within its medieval walls. The majority of the maps have been loaned from a private collection and this will be the first time they have been publicly exhibited together. The exhibition is at the Building of Bath Collection at the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel on The Paragon. Opening times are Saturday, Sunday, Monday 10.30am to 5pm.
July 1, 2011 - November 30, 2011 - Newport, Rhode Island
The Naval War College has opened a new exhibition, Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700. The exhibition features thirty maps of the world including the first known world map ever printed. The exhibit includes a 1504 map of the world referencing the discoveries of Christopher Columbus, a map from the first modern atlas printed in 1570, and two maps from the Naval War College Library. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on weekends during June through September. Public access to the Museum with a personal vehicle is through Gate 1 of the U.S. Naval Station, Newport. For reservations please call (401) 841-4052 at least one working day in advance. Reservations and photo identification are necessary for entry onto the Naval Station.
September 6, 2011 – December 10, 2011 – Cambridge,
The Harvard Art Museums present Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe an exhibition that examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to the scientific discoveries of the 16th century. This exhibition and the accompanying catalogue offer a new perspective on the collaboration between artists and scientists: the project challenges the perception of artists as illustrators in the service of scientists, and examines how their printmaking skills were useful to scientists in their investigations. Artists’ early printed images served as effective research tools, not only functioning as descriptive illustrations, but also operating as active agents in the creation and dissemination of knowledge. Taking into consideration prints, books, maps, and such scientific instruments as sundials, globes, astrolabes, and armillary spheres, this project looks at relationships between their producers and their production, as well as between the objects themselves. Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe will be on display at the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 32 Quincy Street. The exhibit travels to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (at Northwestern University), where it will be on view from January 17 to April 8, 2012.
September 16, 2011 - December 16, 2011 - Fond du Lac,
Fond du Lac Arts Council and Marian University History Program collaborated to compile L'America 1564-1860: Three Hundred Years of Discovery; a display of 16th century maps, drawings and artifacts, which are on loan from Herman Bender's collection. The exhibit is on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Windhover Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan St. Free admission.
September 1, 2011 - December 22, 2011 – London
In the midst of the devastation caused by the Blitz, the London County Council created a series of maps to record where rockets fell and which buildings were damaged during the bombing raids. The maps graphically illustrate the destruction of many streets, houses, factories and shops and provide an essential record for understanding the chaos and turmoil faced by Londoners just seventy years ago. Taking the damage recorded on the maps as a starting point, Mapping the London Blitz will present a number of other sources from the London Metropolitan Archives to reveal the experience of life in London during the Blitz. Exhibit can be seen at London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell. London Metropolitan Archives will be closed to the public from 4.45pm on Friday 28 October and will re-open at 9.30am on Monday 14 November 2011.
September 30, 2011 – December 23, 2011 –
Treasures of the Bodleian, in the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, brings together some of the rarest, most important and most evocative objects in the world. It also asks the question, 'what is a treasure in the twenty-first century?' On display will be some of the Bodleian's rarest, most important and most evocative items, from ancient papyri through medieval oriental manuscripts to twentieth-century printed books and ephemera. They will include an Islamic world map, the Selden Map of China, the Laxton Map, Magna Carta, Bakshali manuscript (first evidence of the concept of zero), Handel’s conducting copy of Messiah, Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the earliest medieval illustrated manuscripts of Dante's The Divine Comedy, hand-written drafts of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and Robert Hooke's Micrographia, The Book of Curiosities, an illustrated medieval Arabic manuscript, among others.
March 7, 2011 - December 29, 2011 - Newport, Rhode Island
A Sense of Place: Exploring Newport and Narragansett Bay Through Historic Maps, with guest curator Christina Connett, is a selection of important maps of Newport and Narragansett Bay which reflect the perceptions and uses of these spaces over time. Exhibit can be seen at Van Alen Gallery and Rovensky Room Display Cases, Redwood Library & Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Avenue.
February 1, 2010 - December 31, 2011 - Rochefort, France
The arsenal built in Rochefort for Louis XIV produced the finest warships of the Marine Royale. One of its longest buildings, la Corderie Royale, BP 50108, has been renovated and now hosts a variety of historical exhibitions. La mer à l’encre, trois siècles de cartes marines, XVIe – XVIIIe siècles [The Sea in Ink. Three centuries of sea charts, 16-18c.] focuses on marine charts and is complemented by a display of ancient navigation instruments. Among the exhibits are 16th century cartographic productions of Norman ports (Dieppe, Honfleur, Rouen), and the 17th century cartographical masterpiece "le Neptune François" (1693) resulting from the remarkable state undertaking initiated by Colbert.
May 12, 2011 - December 31, 2011 – Boston
The American Civil War is one of the defining events in American history. To commemorate its 150th anniversary, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, will present the exhibition, Torn in Two: the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. This multimedia display takes a geographic and cartographic approach to exploring and illuminating the causes of the conflict, the conduct of the war and how the war was remembered in later years. It will showcase 50 historic maps interwoven with 40 photographs, paintings, prints, diaries, political cartoons, music and press of the period, all from the Boston Public Library's special collections. A fully illustrated, 152-page exhibition catalog is available for US $35.00; for information about purchasing a copy, send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibit will move to the Grolier Club, New York, February 22-April 28, 2012; and the Osher Map Library, Portland, Maine, April 1-August 30, 2013.
May 13, 2011 - December 31, 2011 - Staunton, Virginia
The Jed Hotchkiss, Shenandoah Valley Mapmaker traveling exhibit, designed by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in the fall of 2008, can be seen at the R.R. Smith Center for History & Art’s History Gallery, 20 S. New St. The Augusta County Historical Society sponsored exhibit features Jedediah Hotchkiss (1828-1899), one of America’s finest and perhaps most famous mapmakers. As a topographical engineer in the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, he drew maps and made sketches in the field. His finished maps served the Confederate officers in planning military strategy and today they provide a vivid record of the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. History remembers him simply as Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s mapmaker after being charged by Stonewall to “Make me a map of the Valley,” in anticipation of military action here. This exhibition focuses on maps created by Hotchkiss but includes much of his personal and biographical material as well. Reproductions of his maps from the Hotchkiss Map Collection in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress will be on display. As a young man, Hotchkiss traveled from his native New York and settled down to life as a schoolteacher in Augusta County. He left that career for the military life when the war broke out in 1861. After the war he moved to Staunton and devoted the rest of his life to championing the economic revival of the South. The History Gallery, located in the Smith Center, is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m.