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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. 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. For additional information, including hours the Museum is open, contact Michael Stone or Tracy Houdmann at (858) 551-1170.
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 – 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 - 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.
November 2012 - Winter 2013 – 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 is currently planned for a six-month run 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.
November 12, 2012 – January 4, 2014 –
The Library of Congress exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will feature more than 200 unique items that reveal the complexity of the Civil War through those who experienced it first-hand. Through diaries, letters, maps, song sheets, newspapers and broadsides, photographs, drawings and unusual artifacts, the exhibition will chronicle the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861-1865. Many of the exhibition items have never before been on public view. The Civil War in America will be free and open to the public, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in the Southwest Exhibition Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E.
January 17, 2013 - December 31, 2013 - Tallahassee, Florida
The Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 South Monroe Street, is hosting an exclusive new exhibition as part of the statewide “Viva Florida 500” commemoration of Ponce de Leon's landing in Florida and the following five hundred years of historical transitions. Navigating New Worlds: Identity, Perception, and Politics in Florida highlights rare and important maps and prints from the Michael W. and Dr. Linda M. Fisher collection. Approximately thirty maps and prints will be on view from the Fisher collection, consisting of some of their most rare and historically important pieces. Visitors will explore the ties between outsiders' perceptions of Florida, the experiences of those actually living in the region, and how these interactions shaped Florida's settlement. Through historical interpretation based on scholarly research and document translations, the maps on display will depict the influence of Europeans on the future shape of Florida but also reflect the continuity of various cultures and languages throughout the transformation of Florida's political landscape into the Florida that we know today.
March 16, 2013 – March 2014 - Lexington,
What is a map? Maps are data; layers of text, images and symbols that represent a place at a certain time. Maps can help us find our way, imagine far away places or understand political and geographical relationships. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, founded in 1975, counted historic maps among its first acquisitions. The 40 maps and related objects presented in a new exhibition, Journeys and Discoveries: The Stories Maps Tell draw on the Museum’s outstanding holdings in that area. The exhibition is divided in to five sections, and explores the world of maps from the work of the cartographer to how students have learned from maps, how travelers used maps for real and imagined journeys, and how politicians and merchants employed maps to further their quests for power and influence. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and programs on a wide variety of topics in American history and popular culture. The Museum is supported by the Scottish Rite Freemasons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States. The Museum is located at 33 Marrett Road at the corner of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free. For further information contact the Museum at (781) 861-6559.
April 1, 2013 - December 21, 2013 - La Jolla, California
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla has an exhibition The Cartes of Jacinto 'Jo' Mora. The exhibit will feature 14 cartes--Mora's name (and the French word) for his stunning pictorgraphic maps. In additon to the five maps in the Museums' permanent exhibition, 9 other maps will be on display including the sketch map for the never-comlpleted "Santa Catalina" map and the very rare "butcher paper" version of the Los Angeles map. Other artifacts from this modern-day Renaissance cartographers' work wil be on view as well. The Museum is at 7825 Fay Ave Suite LL-A, and is open Wednesdays & Thursdays; 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 11 AM to 4 PM; also by appointment (toll free) 855-653-6277. Admission is free.
April 20, 2013 - January 5, 2014 - Winterthur,
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is proud to present Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience. This exhibition traces the American rise of the “material map” as a popular object - from rare decorative item to industrial consumer good - and illustrates how maps affected men, women, and children. Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life in Delaware. The 60-acre naturalistic garden, set amid the 1,000-acre estate, is among the country’s best. The outstanding research library serves scholars from all corners of the world. We invite you to visit and explore this fascinating exhibition in the Winterthur Galleries. For further information, call 800.448.3883 or go to web page.
April 27, 2013 - January 25, 2014 - King’s Lynn,
Lynn is being put on the map with Lynn Museum’s latest exhibition, King’s Lynn on the Map, which takes a look at the changes to the town over the years through a selection of photographs, maps, paintings and models. On display are examples of maps dating from the 18th and 19th centuries together with a drawn copy of the earliest map showing Lynn in 1588. The maps show the growth and changes seen by the town over the centuries, including the improving work of the Paving Commissioners in the early 19th century when the typical brown-brick buildings with rounded corners of much of the old town were put in place. Also on display is a pubs map, marking places licensed to sell alcohol from 1892, designed to make a political point and discourage consumption of wine beer and spirits. A copy of a Goad plan from 1975 is a different sort of map showing all the shops and other businesses in the town centre at the time and will be reminiscent of the period for many local people. Museum is open open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
June 2013 - February 2014 - Lancaster, South Carolina
The Shaping of South Carolina: A Story of Adventure, Politics, and Boundary Making - This South Carolina Historical Society exhibit is open at the Native American Studies Center, 119 South Main Street.
June 12, 2013 - April 13, 2014 – Montreal
The Stewart Museum presents the exhibition 20 000 Leagues Over Land and Sea - Exploring Six Centuries of Cartography. Discover some hundred maps from the Stewart Museum’s collection, the largest, most consistent and comprehensive collection of ancient cartography and cosmography conserved by a private museum in Quebec. On display are world maps, continental maps, maps of countries, sea charts, polar maps, celestial maps and city maps. A selection of navigational, astronomical and surveying instruments as well as globes of the earth and the heavens—all from the Stewart Museum’s collection — complements the exhibition. More than six centuries of mapmaking will be presented, with special emphasis on the Age of Discovery, from the 15th to the 18th centuries. This is an outstanding opportunity to discover the little-known yet fascinating world of ancient mapmaking.
June 28, 2013 - December 2013 - Oneida, New York
The Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave., will display Local History in Maps. The exhibit features about a dozen works including several recent donations, showcasing the museum’s little known map holdings. Most are on public display for the first time. Ranging from the 1850s to the 1950s, these maps illustrate our past in the form of building locations, roads and railroads; water and trolley lines; a golf course and a cemetery. They show the world in plan, from the air, in isometric projection, and even in imaginary view. The display includes early wall maps of Madison and Oneida Counties which show houses and identify their owners. There are maps illustrating features of Oneida Community life documented nowhere else. The majority reveal the look of Kenwood and Sherrill around 1900.
August 17, 2013 - January 6, 2014 - San Marino, California
A first-of-its-kind exhibition documenting the life of the Franciscan missionary who founded California’s mission system and the missions’ impact on California Indians and culture is at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road. The exhibition, Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions, is unprecedented in its examination of the spiritual and intellectual influences on Junípero Serra’s life that led to his founding of the mission system in California; the transition for thousands of Indians from village to mission life and their responses to it; romantic notions of California born amid myrid myths of mission life; and responses of contemporary Indians, in art and recorded interviews, to the experience. The exhibition features religious art, diaries and Bibles, letters, maps and reliquaries that provide the context for Serra’s early years as a Franciscan priest, his deployment to Mexico as missionary and agent of the Spanish Inquisition, and the work that occupied his final years: establishing the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in Alta California.
September 7, 2013 - February 24, 2014 - Trenton, New Jersey
In an age of GPS, smartphones and Google Earth, some people see paper maps as useless tools of a bygone era. To Nicholas Ciotola, curator of cultural history at the New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State St., old maps still hold value as ideal artifacts for exploring New Jersey history. The State Museum’s newest exhibition, Where in the World Is New Jersey? Historical Maps of the Garden State, presents visitors with stories of New Jersey’s social, economic and political history — as well as the state’s seminal role in the history of American transportation — by using the visual splendor of some of the Garden State’s most important historic maps. Where in the World Is New Jersey? Historical Maps of the Garden State is composed of nearly 100 maps depicting the colony and state of New Jersey from 1635 through 1950.
September 19, 2013 - February 2, 2014 – Durham
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Drive, will host an exhibit entitled Lines of Control. The exhibit focuses on the meaning of borders and part of the exhibit is called Defining Lines: Cartography in the Age of Empire, and features presentations on the cartography of borders from Duke University undergraduate students in the BorderWork(s) Lab.
September 21, 2013 - February 16, 2014 - Tampa,
Charting the Land of Flowers: 50 Years of Florida Maps is the title of both the exhibition and catalogue being produced by and displayed at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street. They tell the story of exploration, settlement and growth of Florida and the significant role it played in our nation's history. The publication of the catalogue and opening of the exhibition will coincide with the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's arrival in, and the naming of, Florida in 1513. In addition to the 150 maps, dating from the 1500s to the present, included in the primary exhibition and its catalogue; there will be a "secondary" exhibition of 75 or more other (and generally more casual or more contemporary) maps in another area within the History Center.
September 24, 2013 - February 27, 2014 - Portland, Maine
A new exhibition at the Osher Map Library gives visitors an idea of the challenges that early cartographers faced when creating maps of the world before the world had been fully discovered. To the Ends of the Earth and Back begins with the mere concepts of the polar regions, and ends with photos of the South Pole taken when explorers finally reached it early in the 20th century. The exhibition, made up of images on loan from the Jay I. Kislak Polar Collection in Miami Lakes, Fla., offers lessons in science, exploration and, perhaps memorably, the human spirit. With more than 80 maps, charts, books, photographs and other artifacts, To the Ends of the Earth presents a history of the polar regions and the centuries-old quest to map, find and conquer them. The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. It occupies the three-story building at the corner of Forest Avenue and Bedford Street.
October 1, 2013 - December 9, 2013 - Milledgeville,
Thanks to a pair of former Georgia College & State University professors, the Milledgeville school has a fine collection of antique maps featuring Georgia, and many of them are on public display, giving a glimpse of politics and demographics long past. Thomas and Janice Armstrong spent years collecting the maps, which range in scope from Georgia alone to all of North America. They donated most of their collection to Georgia College, where it will eventually be housed in the library’s Special Collections section for use by researchers and in occasional exhibits. But for now, 17 of the 40 maps have been selected for the Mapping Georgia History: A Personal Journey display at Georgia’s Old Capital Museum, on the ground floor of the former statehouse, now part of the Georgia Military College campus, 201 E. Greene St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
October 2, 2013 - February 2, 2014 – Madrid
The exhibition The exploration of the Pacific: 500 years of History commemorates the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Vasco Nunez de Balboa to the Pacific Ocean. It is a joint project of the Casa de América and the Museo Naval. Over 170 items will be on display including compasses, maps, charts, and models. The exhibit can be seen in Frida Kahlo y Diego Rivera Hall, Casa de América. Enter at Marqués del Duero, nº 2. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00 to 20.00. Sundays from 11.00 to 15.00.
October 4, 2013 - January 5, 2014 - New York
Measuring and Mapping Space: Geographic Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity can be seen at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, 15 East 84th Street. The exhibit will explore the ways in which ancient Greek and Roman societies understood, perceived, and visualized both the known and the unknown areas of their world. It brings together more than forty objects, combining ancient artifacts with Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and printed books that draw upon ancient geographic treatises. Together, they provide a fascinating overview of Greco-Roman theories of the shape and size of the Earth, ancient methods of surveying and measuring land, and the ways in which geography was used in Roman political propaganda. An interactive multimedia gallery and website will showcase the use of modern technologies in studying ancient geography.
October 5, 2013 - March 31, 2014 – Luxembourg
The temporary exhibition Genie und Festung can be seen at Musée Dräi Eechelen. The exhibit is conducted in cooperation with the Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage. It shows sixty plans from the Berlin State Library, which are among the most important kept abroad together. Accompanied by a multimedia presentation, 3D animation and film, the exhibition highlights the implementation, digitization and the importance of these plans in the history of Luxembourg.
October 16, 2013 – February 28, 2014 – Cambridge,
Harvard's Pusey Library, Map Gallery Hall, has the exhibit Not So True North: Early Mapping of the Arctic. Jeremy Pool, former president of the Boston Map Society, is the guest curator. The exhibit explores over 400 years of mapping the arctic. Beginning in the late 15th century, a time when the polar areas were completely unexplored and cartographers filled the arctic regions on their maps with theory or fantasy, the exhibit proceeds to show how exploration and commercial activity (particularly whaling) fed information back to the map-making centers of Europe and gradually, though often in fits and starts, transformed our geographic understanding of the far north.
October 17, 2013 - January 5, 2014 – Paris
An exhibition under the theme Oman et la Mer [Oman and the Sea] will be held in the National French Maritime Museum, 17 place du Trocadéro. The exhibition will feature the works of Admiral Francio Edmond Paris, the historic French naval expert and voyager, who visited Oman in 1838, and drew plans and sketches of traditional Omani boats. The exhibit will showcase a range of items from scientific objects to beautiful models of boast, from antique and historical artefacts to original maps and charts which have never been shown in Paris. The exhibition is aimed at school children and the general public having special interest in Oman and the Indian Ocean. It will be accompanied by a series of lectures and there will be an interactive area for children within the gallery. The exhibition will have different sections including introduction, maps and illustrations, first navigators, traditional construction, art of navigation, ocean commerce, navigating into the future and discovery area. The expo will be supported by a catalogue book, a documentary on DVD and a special website.
October 22, 2013 - March 22, 2014 – London
SOAS, University of London marks the bicentenary of the birth of the missionary and explorer, Dr David Livingstone, with an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square. The show will bring together, for the first time, rarely seen letters, photographs, maps and artefacts, including a set of surgical instruments thought to have belonged to this iconic figure. SOAS will stage the exhibition in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery of the Brunei Gallery as part of the Livingstone 200 events taking place in the UK, Zambia and Malawi.
October 25, 2013 – December, 2013 – Istanbul
The Naval Museum in Istanbul's Besiktaş district has a special exhibition, marking the 500th anniversary of Ottoman admiral and cartographer Piri Reis's famous world map. Instead of offering a mere presentation of the historic map, Piri Reis ve Haritaları [Piri Reis and His Maps] makes possible a comparison between Piri Reis and his contemporary peers and also offers a look at technological advancements of his era. Piri Reis drew maps and charts describing around 2,000 ports and coastal cities surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, which are collected in his “Kitab-ı Bahriye” (Book of Navigation). Fifty of his maps from “Kitab-ı Bahriye” are displayed side by side with recent satellite images of the locations Piri Reis charted. Visitors can also compare Piri Reis's achievements with his contemporaries such as Christopher Columbus and Gerardus Mercator.
October 29, 2013 – February 2, 2014 – Moncton, New
A new exhibit at l’Universite de Moncton will give local residents and visitors alike a glimpse into the lives of the first settlers at Louisbourg. Titled The Most Suitable Place: The Founding of Louisbourg and Île Royale in 1713, the exhibit coincides with the 300th anniversary of the founding of Louisbourg, a milestone which is being marked this year at the Fortress of Louisbourg. Maps of the region from the Beaton Institute’s collection line the walls of the gallery and date from 1565 to 1765.
October 29, 2013 - January 5, 2014 - St. Augustine,
Some things never change. The human race has always enjoyed embellishment and fantasy, even in the 16th century. When European explorers landed in the New World, they not only found unspoiled lands with abundant resources, but they also encountered people with a different culture and way of life. This information of the new people made its way back to Europe in both the written word and illustrations, but the news was not always accurate. The New World in the Eyes of Explorers exhibition features how the New World was originally portrayed to the Old World. The exhibition, on loan from The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Fla., includes 70 objects such as framed original watercolors, prints, maps and engravings of various sizes as well as authentic conquistador artifacts. Items can be seen from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily in the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. Many of the illustrations created during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries included incredible creatures and wild people living on vast land overflowing with unlimited riches. These illustrations, several created by Jacques le Moyne and John White, satisfied the Europeans who craved fantasy and exaggeration.
November 5, 2013 - May 5, 2014 – Nanjing
Nanjing and Edinburgh will both play host to A Tale of Two Cities, which will draw together rarely-seen material from the centuries-old archives held on the two cities. Aerial photography, architectural drawings, maps, prints, engravings, paintings, costumes and museum artifacts will be pulled together for the exhibition, which will open in Nanjing Museum, No.321 Zhongshan East Road, before heading to Scotland’s capital in 2014. The displays in the new exhibition will focus on the early formation of the two cities, their architectural and urban evolution, and gradual expansion right up to the modern-day era. Visitors will be able to explore the two cities through both historical maps and aerial photographs, as well as state-of-the-art touch table technology. The exhibition has been developed by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland; Nanjing Museum, one of the largest museums in China; and Nomad Exhibitions, based in Scotland.
November 7, 2013 - March 10, 2014 – Canberra
From the world’s great maps collections come the charts that inspired the European idea of Australia, from ancient and medieval notions of a great south land to Matthew Flinders’ 1814 map of the continent. Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia brings together over 100 spectacular maps, atlases, globes and scientific instruments from the National Library of Australia and Australian and international lenders, including the British Library, the National Archives of the United Kingdom, the Vatican Library, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition can be seen at National Library of Australia located on Parkes Place, in Canberra's Parliamentary triangle. The exhibit coincides with both the centenary of Canberra in 2013 and the bicentenary of Flinders’ chart in 2014. A celebration of some of the world’s most significant discoveries, Mapping Our World is also a re-evaluation of Australia’s mapping past, with unique works by the most eminent names in the history of cartography including Ptolemy, Gerard Mercator, the Blaeu family, Abraham Ortelius, Vincenzo Coronelli, Louis de Freycinet, James Cook and Matthew Flinders.
November 8, 2013 - March 10, 2014 – Boston
Boston was the metropolis of England’s North American colonies, with the largest population and economy of any urban center through the 1750s. It was also the leading producer of printed maps, including major colonial “firsts” such as the first printed map, first city map, first battle plan, and first map engraved on copper. Made in Boston, at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, brings together, for the first time, a majority of these maps made in Boston in the century before the American Revolution. As a group they are remarkable for their idiosyncrasies of style and important contributions to geographical knowledge. These maps reflect distinct concerns of New Englanders in general and Bostonians in particular: Pride in their fine city, the hazards of navigating the New England coast, conflict and collaboration with the native inhabitants, and the French for mastery of North America, and landownership concerns. This exhibition affords a unique perspective on the ambitions, anxieties and sense of identity that animated colonial Bostonians. Michael Buehler, owner Boston Rare Maps, is the guest curator.
November 11, 2013 – 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.
November 27, 2013 – December 31, 2013 - Providence, Rhode
Rhode Island College is home to an exhibit that traces the fictions and realities manifested in the maps of North Africa. The exhibit, titled Mapping North Africa: A Cartographic History, 16th-19th Centuries, will be displayed in the main lobby of the Adams Library, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue. It is composed of 17 maps from the extensive map collection of Richard Lobban, RIC professor emeritus of anthropology. Arranged chronologically, the 17 maps show how the cartographic topography of North Africa transformed over the centuries from fantastical depictions into accurate pieces.
November 28, 2013 – December 22, 2013 – Bath
The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, is presenting an exhibition entitled New World, Old Maps. The display, celebrating the ancient map collection of museum co-founder Dr Dallas Pratt, is to illustrate the changing cartography scene as European explorers discovered the New World. The exhibit will be displayed again March 22, 2014 to December 2, 2014.
December 7, 2013 – February 2, 2014 - St. Gallen,
St.Gallen à la carte - Alte Karten und Pläne fürs neue Jahr is an exhibition of maps and plans of St. Gallen which can be seen in the State Archives of St. Gallen, Kulturraum am Klosterplatz, Klosterhof 1.
December 14, 2013 – March 2, 2014 – Bern
Biwak#08. Tierra incógnita. Robert Helblings Kartenschatz aus Argentinien can be seen at the Swiss Alpine Museum, Helvetiaplatz 4.
March 14, 2014 – July 12, 2014 – Boston
Explore Boston's ethnic diversity and neighborhoods with a special exhibition featuring maps of Boston's immigrant population based on the 2010 Census using historic, modern and digitized maps. Counting the People can be seen at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St.
March 22, 2014 – December 2, 2014 – Bath
The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, is presenting an exhibition entitled New World, Old Maps. The display, celebrating the ancient map collection of museum co-founder Dr Dallas Pratt, is to illustrate the changing cartography scene as European explorers discovered the New World.
August 17, 2014 – January 25, 2015 –
Commemorating the 350th anniversary of the naming of New Jersey, Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888, introduces viewers to the maps that charted the state’s development—from unexplored colonial territory to the first scientifically-surveyed state in the Union. Coastal charts, manuscript road maps, and early state maps provide a historical background to the major focus of the exhibition: the state’s first wall maps and county atlases. The large scale of these maps allowed mapmakers to include the names/locations of nineteenth-century merchants and farmers, hence personalizing local history. Also included will be illustrations from the county atlases contrasted with photographs of the places today. Exhibit can be seen in Main Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University, One Washington Road.