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Indefinite - Carson, California
A permanent exhibition of antique maps has opened on the second floor of the California State University Dominguez Hills University Library, 1000 E. Victoria Street. Entitled Where Are You From? the exhibition documents the vast information that be gleaned from maps. Looking for New Granada? Since it is now the country of Columbia you probably can't readily find it on MapQuest, although it is represented on a map now on display in the library. Need to find where Russian Tartary or "Hindoostan" was? You can find them in the exhibition. With 15 maps dating from 1747 to 1946, the exhibition covers the entire world. These maps show how the world was viewed throughout the last 250 years and surprise the viewer with accuracy as well as inaccuracy and whimsy. They invite praise for their art and design, confusion when a familiar place is named something else and serve as a gateway for critical thinking. The maps are part of the Library's Archives and Special Collections Map Collection. Additional maps are on display in the on the fifth floor. The Library collaborated with the Promoting Excellence in Graduate Studies Program to put the exhibition together. The maps can viewed during regular library hours.
Indefinite - Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. Founded in 1983 by California residents David and Marsha Karpeles, the focus was to stimulate an appetite for learning. Currently, there are 12 museums and one map museum nationwide, with each one occupying a preserved building. The Karpeles Map Museum in Fort Wayne occupies the former Church of Christ at 3039 Piqua Avenue. The map-only museum will display maps on a three- to six-month rotation schedule. Admission is always free. For information call 260-456-6929.
Indefinite - Jacksonville, Florida
The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection contains some 244 antiquarian maps of Florida and Florida cities, North and South America, and the world. It includes historical views and plates focusing on northern Florida. Most of these maps are on permanent display in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room on the fourth floor of the Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street. Additional information 813-228-0097.
Indefinite - Kozani, Greece
Kozani in the World of Maps is on display at the Municipal Map Library housed in the recently restored Georgios Lassanis Mansion at the center of the city. The historic Map Library, with its roots in 17th century, keeps a small but important collection of maps, atlases and geography books, mainly from 18th century, referred to the period of Greek Enlightenment. For example, a copy of the 1797 Rigas Velestinlis "Charta" as well as the extremely rare 1800 Anthimos Gazis world map are kept there among other maps and atlases which were never before put on public display. Contact: 2461 50635 / 2461 50632 for additional information.
Indefinite – La Jolla, California
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla is tucked into an office building at 7825 Fay Ave, Suite LL-A. The maps are displayed on walls and in cases, arranged somewhat chronologically and by themes. There’s a crude black and white drawing of the world from 1472, a vibrant “Roads to Romance” representation of Southern California circa 1958 and hundreds of other maps from all over the world. Some were used in their day for navigation, some for display, some for dreaming. There are maps that show California as an island - a depiction of an almost mythological paradise that persists, in the public consciousness, centuries later. There is a map from 1617 that shows what is now Belgium and Holland shaped like a lion - a projection of power and national pride. A special exhibit of 19th century Gold Rush maps will be on display until September 30, 2015. The maps are a part of the Stone Map and Atlas Foundation, headed by local businessman and philanthropist Michael Stone, who has been collecting maps for 20 years. The Museum is open Wednesday and Thursday 11-4 and the 1st and 3rd Saturday also 11-4 or by appointment for groups of four or more. For additional information contact Richard Cloward or Roz Gibson at 855-653-6277.
Indefinite – La Rochelle, France
The Musée du Nouveau Monde [Museum of the New World], 10 Rue Fleuriau, is housed in an eighteenth century mansion, the hotel Fleuriau, named after the family who lived there from 1772 to 1974. The Museum features numerous old maps of the Americas as well as sculptures, paintings, drawings, furniture and decorative objects. These objects are evidence of the triangular trade and slavery with the Americas, through which the city of La Rochelle, like others, amassed considerable wealth. Part of the museum is devoted to the French conquest of the New World, especially in Canada, while evoking the Old West and Native Americans.
Indefinite - Palma, Majorca
Bartolomé March Servera (1917-1998) became an important art collector and bibliophile. The Fundación Bartolomé March established a museum, where the family residence in Palma was located for decades, to display his collection. The Palau March, located at Carrer del Palau Reial, 18, displays an outstanding collection of art and sculpture. Another of the numerous collections that Bartolomé March brought together was that of Majorcan Cartography. In Majorca, between the 14th and 15th Century, an important set of navigation charts signed by local artists was drawn up. The great majority of these charts left the island and the most famous of them ended up in public libraries or in private hands. Bringing together this collection, considered to be one of the best in the world, was an arduous task. The exhibit displayed here, with excellent documentation, brings together a very interesting collection both for its technical perfection and its exquisite ornamental effect. Included are Portolan charts by Jacobus Russus (1535), Mateo Prunés (1561), Jaume Olives (1564 and 1571), Joan Oliva (1620), and Miquel Prunés (1640).
Indefinite – Mexico City
Museo Nacional de la Cartografía, at Avenida Observatorio No. 94, corner of Periférico Tacubaya, D.F., C.P. 11870, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, features exhibits about the general history of mapping of Mexico. Codices, atlases, navigational charts, topographic plans, and instruments used to make geodesic and topographical measurements are on display.
Indefinite – Montreal
History and Memory showcases almost 500 artifacts, images, archival documents, and early maps from the Stewart Museum’s vast collection showing the influence of European civilizations in New France and North America. The planispheres, star charts and maps of North and South America and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans amply illustrate the expanding geographic knowledge gained by Europeans as they made their way across continents, that until then, had remained terra incognita. Added to these artefacts is a major collection of globes and navigation instruments: mariner’s compass, traverse board, nocturnal, astrolabe, sundial, and maritime hourglass from the 18th century. The Stewart Museum is located at the British military depot on St. Helen's Island, Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Indefinite - Raleigh, North Carolina
Capital Cartography: A History of Raleigh in Maps can be seen at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street. This exhibit showcases over two hundred years of Raleigh’s development through a collection of historic maps. Looking at maps as more than way finding tools, visitors experience cartography as a reflection of the times and the draftsmen who crafted them. The exhibit features 14 maps that reflect over 200 years of the Capital city’s history.
Indefinite - Tampa, Florida
Five Hundred Years of Florida Maps features items selected from the J. Thomas and Lavinia W. Touchton Collection of Florida Cartography at The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street. These maps and charts represent some of the "Florida" map-makers visions that have been created over the past 500 years.
Indefinite - Vienna
The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library, Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 9, is the world's only institution devoted to the study of globes and related instruments like armillary spheres and planetariums. On display in eight rooms are many of the more than 460 globes owned by the Museum. Additionally there is a bilingual (German and English) multimedia presentation about globe history, globe making, and the use of globes. Additional information from Tel.: (+43 1) 534 10-710 or Fax: (+43 1) 534 10-319.
Indefinite - Washington
Exploring the Early Americas is an exhibition featuring the 1507 Waldseemüller "World Map," the first map to use the name America; and rotating items from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which includes rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. Also on display is Waldseemüller's "Carta Marina" or Navigators' Chart; and the Schöner Sammelbund, a portfolio that contained two world maps and other cartographic materials. The exhibition is in the Northwest Gallery of the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Indefinite – Washington
Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784 is an exhibition at the Library of Congress featuring the first map of the newly independent United States that was compiled, printed and published in America by an American. The exhibition will be located in the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Rare and historically important, the Abel Buell map also was the first map to be copyrighted in the United States. Seven copies of the map are known to exist, and this copy is considered the best preserved and, therefore, is the most frequently chosen for illustration of Buell’s work. Also on display will be four early maps of North America by John Mitchell, Carington Bowles, Thomas Hutchins and William Faden, which were created from 1755 to 1778. Buell most likely consulted these maps when he engraved his large wall map. A 1784 map of the United States by William McMurray, which was published nine months after Buell’s map, will complete the exhibition.
Indefinite – Washington
The Historical Society of Washington is delighted to present a new exhibit, Window to Washington, featuring the Kiplinger Collection, the most important donation in the organization’s 188-year history. The exhibit explores the development of our nation’s capital, from a sleepy southern town into a modern metropolis, as told through the works of artists who witnessed the city’s changes. The exhibit can be seen at the Society's Kiplinger Library on the second floor of the historic Carnegie Library building in Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K Street, NW - the District’s original, never segregated Central Library - directly across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The exhibition draws from the strengths of the Kiplinger Collection in early maps and birds-eye views, 19th and 20th century prints, mid-20th century oil paintings, watercolors, and photographs. Upon entering the exhibition one first sees a print of the first published version of Pierre L’Enfant’s famous 1791 map depicting the gifted French architect and urban planner’s vision for a capital city worthy of comparison with those of great European nations. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments for group tours can be made by contacting the library.
April 1, 2014 - April 2, 2016 – Amsterdam
The exhibition entitled The Atlases includes the top pieces from The National Maritime Museum's extensive collection of maps and atlases, and can be seen at Het Scheepvaartmuseum [The National Maritime Museum], Kattenburgerplein 1. Get acquainted with the four pioneers of cartography: Ptolemy, Mercator, Claesz, and Blaeu. These mapmakers and publishers produced maps and atlases that forever changed how we see the world. Your journey shows you the first maps of America, via the ‘Unknown land of the South,’ to a detailed city map of Amsterdam. The maps and atlases, produced between 1482 and 1665, are unique historical documents, and a feast for the eye with their rich decorations.
October 19, 2014 - June 30, 2015 - St. Louis
To celebrate a major birthday — say, 50 or older — many hosts serve cake and display photos of the celebrant: baby photos, first steps, awkward adolescence, coming of age and major landmarks of adulthood. For St. Louis’ 250th birthday celebration, John Neal Hoover has done just that. At the Mercantile Library’s new exhibition, Hoover hung several century-old photos, older paintings and drawings, but mostly he tells the city history in maps. Hoover’s birthday gift to St. Louis is the Mercantile Library’s Mapping St. Louis History — An Exhibition of Historic Maps, Rare Books and Images Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis. Hoover is the executive director of the Mercantile Library, University of Missouri–St. Louis. The oldest map in the exhibition was made in 1655: the newest a NASA photo taken from a space satellite Dec. 13, 2013. The exhibit can be seen Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 8 p.m. Free docent tours are on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
October 2014 - August 2015 – Charlottesville
The Civil War’s impact on the culture, politics, and geography of Virginia cannot be overemphasized: battles ravaged the landscape, blockades and other political maneuvers transformed the economy, and profound regional tensions resulted in the creation of West Virginia. “Who shall tell the story?”: Voices of Civil War Virginia seeks to reveal how Virginia was changed by the war, focusing on the voices of those who experienced it. Maps, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, newspapers, songsheets, broadside advertisements, photographs, and physical artifacts drawn from across University of Virginia Library Special Collections rich holdings in the period reveal the lived experience of war. Exhibition can be seen in Main Floor, Main Exhibit Gallery, University of Virginia's Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture.
October 26, 2014 - August 2015 - Buffalo, New York
Trace a path through Buffalo’s history with newly restored maps on display at the at the Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. You Are Here: Buffalo on the Map can be seen in the Grosvenor Rare Book Display Room. The exhibit includes seven original – but newly restored and conserved – maps plus an additional 18 maps of the city, mostly from the 19th century. Among them, our infamous red-light district map from 1893, "Mann’s Map of the Buffalo Harbor, and Map of Buffalo Village," 1805, made under the direction of the Young Men’s Association's special committee on local history. Facsimiles of maps of the Olmsted parks system, the church district maps, pictorial maps, Sanborn maps and the harbor are also part of the display. Come see Buffalo’s landscape as it develops from an early 19th century pioneer settlement into a flourishing center of commerce and industry.
November 13, 2014 – July 19, 2015 - Sint-Niklaas,
Lafreri - Italiaanse cartografie in de Renaissance [Lafreri - Italian cartography in the Renaissance] is the title of an exhibition at the Mercatormuseum, Zamanstraat 49. It features an atlas whose latest map is dated 1567. The atlas was restored in 1994, and is now on display.
January 16, 2015 - July 19, 2015 – Singapore
The National Library of Singapore, 100 Victoria St., presents Geo|Graphic: Celebrating Maps and Their Stories, a series of curated exhibitions and programs that will showcase how Singapore and the region around it have evolved over the past centuries, through hundreds of rare and original maps and creative art pieces. Visitors can explore the exhibition’s five levels and have a look at the history of Singapore and Southeast Asia from the explorer’s perspective. Geo|Graphic: Celebrating Maps and Their Stories is made up of four main exhibitions:
– Mind the Gap: Mapping the Other – Level 7, 8 and 9
– Land of Gold and Spices: Early Maps of Southeast Asia and Singapore – Level 10
– Island of Stories: Singapore Maps – Level 11
– Sea State & Seabook | An Art Project by Charles Lim – Level 11
The exhibition “Land of Gold and Spices” includes rare maps of the region from the National Library of Singapore and the British Library. On the other hand, “Mind the Gap” showcases the work of three contemporary artists (Michael Lee, Jeremy Sharma and Sherman Ong) who utilize different types of cultural and social data, as well as books and video installations, to create new and interesting connections.
February 2, 2015 - October 25, 2015 – Boston
The exhibition Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction can be seen at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street. The exhibition, curated by Stephanie Cyr and Lauren Chen, examines the many types of maps that accompany works of fiction and features items from the 16th century to the present day. In this exhibition of 40 items, visitors will discover maps from a variety of fictional genres, learn how authors create imaginary worlds, and appreciate why descriptive geography is essential to a story. People and creatures, even those who exist only in tales, are related to place, and maps of their imaginary worlds allow readers to be transported into the geography of fantasy. Maps of imaginary places have accompanied literature for centuries, as visualizing the fanciful worlds described in works of fiction sets the stage for events taking place in a story and often provides insight into the characters themselves. The exhibition examines maps from geographical fiction, which often combine elements from the natural and cultural world. Maps from stories which take place in the “real” world, like the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, are included, along with those from works of action and adventure. In addition, the visitor will encounter maps of locations to which characters travel in works of fantasy, such as Neverland from Peter Pan and the Lands Beyond from The Phantom Tollbooth.
February 10, 2015 - June 30, 2015 – Athens
The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies, 61 Souidias, is presenting an exhibition entitled Ottoman Athens, 1458-1833. The main concept is to explore the topography, archeology and history of Ottoman Athens showcasing travelers’ books, works of art, maps, and topographical renderings from the Gennadius collections as well as archaeological finds from the excavations of the Ancient Agora. Other museums and institutions have also contributed to the exhibition, such as the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, which made it possible to access the material digitally. Athens, as it was at the peak of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th and 17th century, is captured in a monumental painting by Jacques Carrey, which belongs to the Museum of the City of Athens.
February 26, 2015 – September 6, 2015 –
Mapping Brooklyn, a new exhibition featuring contemporary art works that use mapping and cartography as themes alongside actual historic maps, is collaboratively presented at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street (exhibit is only until May 3, 2015 at this site), and Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street. The historic maps will be drawn from Brooklyn Historical Society’s collection, one of the richest collections of maps of Brooklyn in the world. Included are fire insurance maps, transportation maps, demographic maps and nautical charts, among others. A colorful pictorial road map to the 1939 New York World’s Fair, a commercial edition of a Red Scare-era map depicting enclaves of suspected radical activity and a detailed map of one of Brooklyn’s earliest botanic gardens, showing plots of exotic plants and fruits, are among the dozen or so maps and atlases on display.
February 27, 2015 – August 13, 2015 – Boulder,
The Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library, University of Colorado, 2200 Colorado Avenue, is featuring a new exhibit, Expressions of Rocky Mountain National Park: A Centennial Celebration, featuring a selection of art, maps, and companion writings and objects showcasing the park’s natural wonders and 100-year history. The featured items range from early cartography, descriptive letters, photographs and area specimens to contemporary art, recreational maps and poems.
March 19, 2015 – August 23, 2015 – Washington
The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E Capitol Street SE, will be hosting an exhibit in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, entitled Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude.
March 21, 2015 – October 12, 2015 – Washington
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is forming a new museum complex opening March 21 on GW's Foggy Bottom campus at 701 21st Street, NW. Dedicated to art, history, and culture, the custom-built museum will display The Textile Museum’s highly regarded collections of more than 19,000 non-Western textiles and carpets, and pieces owned by the university, including the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection of 1,000 artifacts documenting the history of Washington, D.C. The first exhibition, Seat of Empire: Planning Washington, 1790–1801, will feature items from the Albert Small Collection. Washington, D.C. was the result of political compromise and artistic imagination. In 1792, George Washington charged French-born architect Pierre “Peter” Charles L’Enfant with a momentous task: to envision the capital of a new nation from a swath of private properties and plantations at the confluence of two rivers. Seat of Empire: Planning Washington, 1790–1801 will present historical maps and related images that tell the story of this early experiment in urban design that shaped the landscape of our nation’s capital. Admission is free for museum members, children and current GW students, faculty and staff. A suggested donation of $8 for non-members will support the museum’s exhibitions, collections and educational programs. The museum is open Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10 am -5 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm.
March 24, 2015 - August 30, 2015 - Taipei City
An exhibition on the life of Taiwan’s plains aborigines during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) is underway at National Taiwan Museum, No.2, Xiangyang Rd. Vivid Ancestor Paintings—A Plains Aborigines Exhibition features four historic maps produced under Qing emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, as well as artifacts like eating utensils and fishing gear, historic documents and multimedia demonstrations on tribal practices such as courtship and harvesting. The Kangxi Taiwan Map is one of the headline displays.
March 26, 2015 - October 22, 2015 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, now has an exhibition about Women in Cartography. This exhibition recognizes and celebrates the long overlooked role of women in cartography.
March 27, 2015 - September 7, 2015 – Anchorage
When James Cook set out from Plymouth, England, on July 11, 1776, he was probably the most famous sailor in the world. He had already commanded two epochal expeditions that mapped the South Pacific, surveying Australia, New Zealand and the coast of Antarctica. In search of a northern shipping route between the Atlantic Ocean and Great South Sea, now known as the Pacific, Cook sailed past the Kenai Peninsula and came to a dead end. He stood on the deck of his ship peering at the horizon with his sextant to ascertain his latitude -- 61 degrees north. He consulted his elegant marine timepiece and deduced that he was nearly halfway around the world from Greenwich, England. He raised his telescope to his eye and glassed the land to the east, the first European to look at the place where Anchorage would someday rise above the mudflats. Then he went to his cabin and, quill in hand, made notes of what he had seen in his journal. Cook carefully charted more than 2,000 miles of Alaska coastline, from southeast to the Aleutians and northward past the Arctic Circle. Major features that he literally put on the map include Norton Sound, Bristol Bay and Cook Inlet. For the next several months, the sextant, the telescope, journal, maps, historic items and interactive displays are back in Alaska as part of Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook And The Northwest Passage at the Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. The exhibit will next travel to The Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma where it will be on display Oct. 16-Jan. 10.
March 30, 2015 – June 2015 – Denver
Pictorial Maps of the 20th Century: Popular geographic information presented for beauty and amusement can be seen at University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E Evans Ave. The 1920s ushered in a new style of cartography that almost caricatures traditional maps. Designed by modern commercial artists, these maps were designed for tourism, commercial advertising, or to illustrate the news and other themes. Known as Pictorial Maps, they integrated narrative, geography, and a sense of humor in a way that was both useful and visually striking. This exhibit, drawn from the private collection of Wesley Brown, follows the innovative style of pictorial mapping from the 1920 through the 1980s.
April 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015 - Grevenbroich, Germany
The increased incidence of infectious diseases makes it necessary to determine the cause as quickly as possible. Maps were and are a key tool for the investigation of disease and for informing the public, because they show at a glance how many people are ill and where the disease has spread. Moreover, maps are also the starting point for further questions: Why is only a certain area affected and where did the outbreak begin. Dedicated to this topic for the first time, an exhibition has been jointly organized by the Lower Saxony State Health Department, the German Society for Cartography and the Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage. Den Seuchen auf der Spur – 200 Jahre Infektionskrankheiten im Kartenbild [The plagues on the trail - 200 years of infectious diseases on the map] includes 25 pieces from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Eleven selected map examples are presented in detail in an accompanying brochure and explained. Exhibition can be been at Gesundheitsamt des Rhein-Kreises Neuss, Auf der Schanze 1.
April 4, 2015 - October 4, 2015 St. Augustine, Florida
An exhibition at the Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive, – Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America is a signature St. Augustine 450th Commemoration exhibition that shares the story of how three intertwining cultures – Hispanics, Africans and Native Americans – came together to form the foundation of the American culture and create the blended society of today’s St. Augustine. The exhibition debuts during St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary year. A few of those documents on display include Menéndez’s 1565 contract with King Philip II of Spain, names of first settlers in St. Augustine and the Hernando de Mestas 1595 map of St. Augustine.
April 13, 2015 - June 28, 2015 – Denver
Mapping the 20th Century: Original Maps from the Denver Public Library can be seen 5th Floor Map Area, Western History/Genealogy Department, Gates Reading Room, Denver Public Library, 10 W Fourteenth Ave. The 20th century saw a revolution in maps used for public consumption. Maps became more visually arrestingbecause of better graphics,color, and creative presentations. This exhibit provides an overview of the natureand variety of maps of Colorado from 1900 onward, including cities, mountains, tourist destinations, and commercial publications. Of special interest are maps by the Clason Map Company, a Denver based cartography and printing enterprise.
April 14, 2015 - December 31, 2015 - Saratoga Springs, New
In 2015 Saratoga Springs is celebrating its Centennial year as a city. As part of the celebration, the Saratoga Springs History Museum, 1 East Congress Street, has an exhibition Mapping A City: Saratoga Springs As Seen Through 250 Years Of Maps. This exhibit examines its growth from colonial times through the 20th century using maps. Over 100 original, reproduction and electronic maps, some never before seen, are displayed along with the stories that accompany them, to show how a small settlement became a village and transformed into a city.
April 15, 2015 - August 14, 2015 – Madison
This exhibit Mapmaking: Sources from the Geography Library, Map Library, and Special Collections will help honor the path-breaking accomplishments of the History of Cartography Project. The Project will publish volume six, Cartography in the Twentieth Century, later this spring. Exhibit can be seen at Department of Special Collections, 976 Memorial Library, 728 State Street.
April 24, 2015 - July 17, 2015 – Antwerp
In the sixteenth century, Antwerp developed into an international commercial capital. The city’s appearance changed very quickly. Enormous population growth led to the rapid development of the city centre. One crucial change to the urban space was the construction of the Spanish fortifications from 1542. At the same time, the city was extended northwards in order to develop a new district and port area (the Nieuwstad or ‘New Town’) there. In 1567, a citadel was added to the fortifications, reconfiguring the cityscape once again. Prestigious public and religious buildings were also constructed in the city during the Golden Age. The exhibition Drawing the City at Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, follows the main construction drives and contributions to the city’s development through the use of maps and city plans. It considers the underlying functions and intended purposes of the maps: to glorify the city and draw attention to its special qualities. The map’s orientation can also reinforce the message the mapmaker wishes to convey. Two extraordinary city maps are compared: Antwerp by Vergilius Bononiensis (1565) and the oldest known hand-drawn city map (late 16th century).
April 24, 2015 – August 16, 2015 – Antwerp
Ortelius is generally recognised as having created the first modern atlas, the “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum” (Theatre of the World), published in Antwerp in 1570. In his first edition of the “Theatrum,” he already refers to place names in antiquity, and this subsequently results in a separate publication in 1587, the “Thesaurus Geographicus.” And again in his “Parergon,” a collection of his historical maps that he had previously published in various editions of the “Theatrum,” he portrays ancient history, sacred and secular, and shows the extent of the Roman Empire in Europe. Abraham Ortelius under the spell of classical antiquity can be seen at Museum Rockoxhuis, Keizerstraat 12. This exhibition will include a range of these historical maps together with some printed works showing Ortelius’s reconstructions.
April 24, 2015 - August 16, 2015 – Antwerp
Maps of the world, from past to present, show us what we know about the world. World maps are reflections of a spirit of the times. In the Christian Middle Ages, Jerusalem was the centre of the world maps. The unknown parts of the world were populated with monsters and fairy-tale figures. Explorations later expanded horizons. Eastern and Western knowledge came together. Globes were created. Now, thanks to Google’s satellite maps, it seems like we know practically everything about the world. But is that true? The Museum Aan de Stroom, Hanzestedenplaats 1, new exhibit The World in a Mirror depicts the history of the Western view of the world using unique maps and globes. Each century saw more and more of the world being mapped out, and the way in which that world was presented different in each century too. A few contemporary artists add their own reflections of the world to this story.
May 2, 2015 – November 29, 2015 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence; an exhibition that commemorates the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. This pivotal moment sparked American opposition to Britain’s restrictive colonial policies, particularly taxation without representation, which was established to help pay for troops stationed in the colonies during the French and Indian War (1756-1763). Protesters in Boston hung one of the tax collectors in effigy on an elm tree near the Boston Common. The tree became known as the Liberty Tree, and the loose organization of protesters were known as the Sons of Liberty. This early opposition throughout the colonies to British imperial control set the stage for growing opposition to British rule during the next ten years, resulting in the American Revolutionary War. Employing geographic and cartographic perspectives, the exhibition will tell the story of how thirteen separate colonies found a common cause, fought a bloody war for independence, and finally came together as a new, united nation. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 60 maps supplemented by 40 related graphic documents, paintings, and three dimensional objects documenting British North America’s volatile and rapidly changing political and economic landscape during the last half of the 18th century. The exhibit moves to Colonial Williamsburg in 2016 and New York Historical Society in 2017.
May 11, 2015 - September 12, 2015 – Nashville
A free exhibit showcasing some of the maps available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is open in the lobby of TSLA's building in downtown Nashville at 403 Seventh Avenue North. The lobby exhibit includes oversized replicas of maps on display boards, actual maps in display cases and an interactive touchscreen kiosk that allows patrons to explore Civil War sites mapped using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. The exhibit is available for public viewing during TSLA's normal operating hours, which are from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
May 23, 2015 - September 19, 2015 - Dudley, West Midlands
A groundbreaking 200-year-old map which changed the way geology was recorded has gone on display at Dudley Museum, located on St James's Road. The exhibition, entitled William Smith: Colours beneath your feet, tells the tale of the map and the story of the man who created it. William Smith was born in Churchill, Oxfordshire, in 1769, and it was his passion for geology which led to him creating a map which would have commercial use for engineers, farmers, foresters, builders and miners. He created 410 copies in a variety of formats, including sheet maps, a mounted canvas version and a traveling version – which is on display at Dudley Museum.
May 30, 2015 - February 14, 2016 - St. Louis, Missouri
What was life in St. Louis like in the late 1800s? Find out the fun way by exploring the new exhibit, A Walk in 1875 St. Louis, on display at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park. This free, 6,000-square-foot exhibition is based on a detailed bird's-eye map of St. Louis. When viewed in its entirety, the map spans eight feet in height by 24 feet in length. It was begun in 1874 by draftsman Camille N. Dry, and published in book form in 1876 by sheet music publisher Richard Compton. A Walk in 1875 St. Louis also has interactive opportunities that encourage visitors to dive into the history of the city. There are separate maps for individual neighborhoods with panels that point out what's changed. The map of Tower Grove Park, for instance, has intricate drawings of each of the pavilions that still stand today.
June 17, 2015 – September 13, 2015 – Antwerp
From the fifteenth century onwards explorers sailed the Seven Seas in search of new lands. Europeans swarmed across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. These new continents, and the way to them, were carefully charted. The Seven Seas is an exhibition at the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, Hendrik Conscienceplein 4. Featured are maritime atlases from Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer, Le Neptune François, and two globes by Willem Janszoon Blaeu.
June 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016 - Columbia, South Carolina
If World War I is synonymous with one thing it is trenches. Trench Maps: Military Cartography on the Western Front, 1914-1918 features 19 original maps from World War I. The exhibit focuses on the development of trench maps throughout the war and why they were so vital to troops fighting on both sides of the conflict. In addition to the unique maps, artifacts also include artillery ammunition, field equipment, a French artillery uniform and photographs. Exhibit can be seen in the S.C. Confederate relic Room and Military Museum, 301 Gervais St. (in the same building as the SC State Museum).
July 3, 2015 – August 20, 2015 - Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines The Museo Maritimo (Maritime Museum ) of the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) will have an exhibit called Historical Truths and Lies: Scarborough Shoal in Ancient Maps at the Students Hall, 2nd floor, AIMS, AIMS MC Building, Roxas Blvd., cor A Arnaiz Ave. & FB Harrison St.
July 5, 2015 - January 3, 2016 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Samuel Holland’s famous map of Prince Edward Island. The map had to be as accurate as it was because it was going to be used as the basis for legal documents; there were going to be deeds spun off of it. The map was purely an instrument so that lots could be granted in the land lottery of 1767. The map was sent to London in 1765 and it now belongs to to the British National Archives in Kew. In recognition of the 50th anniversary the map is now on loan to the exhibition Imperial Designs: Samuel Holland's 1765 Map and the Making of Prince Edward Island at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, 130 Queen Street.
September 13, 2015 - December 6, 2015 - Lemgo,
Weltvermesser – Das Goldene Zeitalter der Kartographie [World surveyor - The Golden Age Cartography] provides an overview of European cartography of the 16th to the 18th century. The focus is on the development of the modern world-view, which developed in the light of new geographical discoveries and astronomical knowledge. On display are maps, atlases and globes, and tools used for land surveying, astronomy and map-making. Many pieces are borrowed from the Berlin State Library. There is an accompanying richly illustrated catalog. The exhibition can be seen at the Weserrenaissance-Museum Schloß Brake, Schloßstraße 18.
October 16, 2015 – January 10, 2016 – Tacoma,
When James Cook set out from Plymouth, England, on July 11, 1776, he was probably the most famous sailor in the world. He had already commanded two epochal expeditions that mapped the South Pacific, surveying Australia, New Zealand and the coast of Antarctica. In search of a northern shipping route between the Atlantic Ocean and Great South Sea, now known as the Pacific, Cook sailed past the Kenai Peninsula and came to a dead end at the place where Anchorage would someday rise above the mudflats. Then he went to his cabin and, quill in hand, made notes of what he had seen in his journal. Cook carefully charted more than 2,000 miles of Alaska coastline, from southeast to the Aleutians and northward past the Arctic Circle. Major features that he literally put on the map include Norton Sound, Bristol Bay and Cook Inlet. Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook And The Northwest Passage is an exhibit which includes Cook's sextant, telescope, journal, maps, historic items and interactive displays at the Washington State Historical Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave.
November 25, 2015 – February 28, 2016 -
The increased incidence of infectious diseases makes it necessary to determine the cause as quickly as possible. Maps were and are a key tool for the investigation of disease and for informing the public, because they show at a glance how many people are ill and where the disease has spread. Moreover, maps are also the starting point for further questions: Why is only a certain area affected and where did the outbreak begin. Dedicated to this topic for the first time, an exhibition has been jointly organized by the Lower Saxony State Health Department, the German Society for Cartography and the Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage. Den Seuchen auf der Spur – 200 Jahre Infektionskrankheiten im Kartenbild [The plagues on the trail - 200 years of infectious diseases on the map] includes 25 pieces from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Eleven selected map examples are presented in detail in an accompanying brochure and explained. Exhibition can be been at Wegemuseum, Am Markt 3.
February 2016 – January 2017 - Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg will display the exhibition We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. This pivotal moment sparked American opposition to Britain’s restrictive colonial policies, particularly taxation without representation, which was established to help pay for troops stationed in the colonies during the French and Indian War (1756-1763). Protesters in Boston hung one of the tax collectors in effigy on an elm tree near the Boston Common. The tree became known as the Liberty Tree, and the loose organization of protesters were known as the Sons of Liberty. This early opposition throughout the colonies to British imperial control set the stage for growing opposition to British rule during the next ten years, resulting in the American Revolutionary War. Employing geographic and cartographic perspectives, the exhibition will tell the story of how thirteen separate colonies found a common cause, fought a bloody war for independence, and finally came together as a new, united nation. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 60 maps supplemented by 40 related graphic documents, paintings, and three dimensional objects documenting British North America’s volatile and rapidly changing political and economic landscape during the last half of the 18th century. The exhibit moves to the New York Historical Society in 2017.
April 2017 – August 2017 – New York
The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the exhibition We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. This pivotal moment sparked American opposition to Britain’s restrictive colonial policies, particularly taxation without representation, which was established to help pay for troops stationed in the colonies during the French and Indian War (1756-1763). Protesters in Boston hung one of the tax collectors in effigy on an elm tree near the Boston Common. The tree became known as the Liberty Tree, and the loose organization of protesters were known as the Sons of Liberty. This early opposition throughout the colonies to British imperial control set the stage for growing opposition to British rule during the next ten years, resulting in the American Revolutionary War. Employing geographic and cartographic perspectives, the exhibition will tell the story of how thirteen separate colonies found a common cause, fought a bloody war for independence, and finally came together as a new, united nation. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 60 maps supplemented by 40 related graphic documents, paintings, and three dimensional objects documenting British North America’s volatile and rapidly changing political and economic landscape during the last half of the 18th century.