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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 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.
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 – March 30, 2014 - 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.
June 21, 2013 - June 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. The exhibit details the disputes, politics, and science surrounding the state’s boundary lines from colonial times to the present. The exhibit features original maps from the collection of the South Carolina Historical Society, and quotations concerning the science of surveying from noted surveyor and Revolutionary hero, General William Moultrie. In addition, the exhibit highlights the borders that are still in contention today.
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.
September 14, 2013 - March 30, 2014 - Halifax, Nova
Henry VII is the first monarch of record with a documented interest in the area now known as Nova Scotia. Prints of Henry Tudor and the twenty-two monarchs who have followed him accompany prints, drawings, eight maps, and sculpture that reflect their connections to Nova Scotia and its people in the exhibition The Royal Province of Nova Scotia and the Crown. Exhibition can be seen at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Halifax, 1723 Hollis Street.
September 21, 2013 – April 13, 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.
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 8, 2013 – March 2, 2014 – Jerusalem
Mapping the Holy Land II, Cartographic Treasures from the Trevor and Susan Chinn Collection is on display in the Kay Merrill Hillman Gallery, Israel Museum. The exhibit is curated by Ariel Tishby. The centerpiece of this display is Bernhard von Breydenbach’s seminal 1486 map of the Holy Land. One of the first printed maps, it was created from three woodblocks by the Dutch artist Erhard Reuwich.
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 22, 2013 - June 14, 2014 - Ilford, Essex
A Redbridge Museum exhibition, Redbridge in Maps, is inviting visitors to discover over 2,000 years of local history using a range of maps. The museum, located on the 2nd Floor Central Library, Clements Road, show maps from the 17th Century to modern phone apps. It will explore how Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford transformed from small country villages to the London suburbs they are today. Redbridge can be seen in a new light in wartime bomb damage maps, archive photographs, museum objects, oral history and film. The exhibition can be viewed Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
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.
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.
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.
January 22, 2014 - March 22, 2014 - Nanaimo, British
Nanaimo Museum's new exhibit will showcase the bare bones of Nanaimo in the city's earliest days. Navigating Nanaimo: Maps and Charts of the Harbour City will delve deep into some of the earliest charts, maps and measurements of Nanaimo, providing observers with a close-up look at how the city was planned and mapped in its earliest days. The exhibit will feature early plans of the city, harbour charts and a look at the underground network of mines throughout the city. The latter is provided by a 26 foot long map stretching from the former Southfield No. 2 Mine, near to where existing regional landfill is now, all the way to Brechin Point. This exhibit will mark only the third time the map has been displayed. The exhibit will also include a chart of the city's harbour complied by George H. Richards, a Royal Navy officer who conducted a survey of the Vancouver Island coast beginning in 1860.
January 31, 2014 - April 13, 2014 - Chapel Hill, North
“The New Found Land”: Engravings by Theodor de Bry from the Collection of Michael N. Joyner - This exhibition at the Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia Street, highlights prints made by the Franco-Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) to illustrate the 1590 edition of "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia" by Thomas Harriot. Divided into three sections, “The New Found Land” includes portraits, maps, and other materials related to the so-called “Age of Exploration” 400 years ago; the illustrations for Harriot’s book; and a selection of Native American artifacts from societies close in time, place, or lifeway to those encountered by the Roanoke settlers, thereby balancing the European (and Europeanizing) view with examples of indigenous cultural production. Over 40 compelling engravings, some hand-colored and from various editions of the book, will be supplemented in the exhibition by related materials from two other University collections: the North Carolina Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library and the North Carolina Archaeological Collection in the Research Laboratories of Archaeology.
February 20, 2014 - May 26, 2014 – London
Turning numbers into pictures that tell important stories and reveal the meaning held within is an essential part of what it means to be a scientist. This is as true in today's era of genome sequencing and climate models as it was in the 19th century. Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight, at the British Library at St Pancras, Folio Society Gallery, explores how our understanding of ourselves and our planet has evolved alongside our ability to represent, graph and map the mass data of the time. From John Snow's plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map to colourful depictions of the tree of life, discover how picturing scientific data provides new insight into our lives.
February 20, 2014 - April 6, 2014 - Worcester,
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross, O’Kane Hall, 1st Floor, 1 College Street, will present Global Encounters in Early America. The exhibition is curated by Patricia Johnston, the Rev. J. Gerard Mears, S.J., Chair in Fine Arts, with Holy Cross curatorial seminar students Brigit Baines ‘16, Katherine Benjamin ‘15, Caroline Fador ‘14, Abigail Hynes-Houston ‘14, Gregory Joyce ‘14, Maddie Klett ‘14 and Lily Meehan ‘14. Global Encounters in Early America explores the global visual culture that circulated in early America before 1840. The exhibition asks: what did early Americans know about the rest of the world, and how did interactions with other cultures make an impact on American arts? The primary focus of the exhibition is the emergence of direct trade with China and the rest of Asia after the American Revolution. The exhibition includes maps, atlases, engravings, and book illustrations drawn from the unparalleled collection of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass. These visual forms instructed the newly emerging American mercantile class in geographic, cultural, economic, and aesthetic knowledge.
February 21, 2014 - June 6, 2014 - San Antonio
The 1836 Battle of the Alamo wasn't a fight between Texans and Mexicans - it was a struggle between tyranny and liberty. This epic tale will be told from a different perspective, focusing on the Tejanos who fought and died in the battle. Standing Their Ground: Tejanos at the Alamo will honor the Tejano Alamo defenders as well as the Tejano and Tejana survivors, revealing them to Texans today with an exhibit of details culled from their own writings, rare documents and historic artifacts. The exhibit, located in the Alamo, will include dozens of original documents, maps and artifacts on the eight Tejano men of Hispanic or American Indian lineage who were among the 189 known defenders killed in the battle. Exhibit items will be from the Land Office, Alamo collection, Briscoe Center for American History in Austin and Alamo Research Center — the former DRT Library.
February 28, 2014 - May 18, 2014 - Madison,
Marginalia in cARTography explores the visual discourse between marginal artistic images and the maps where they appear, as this marginalia sheds light on the content and purpose of the maps, their authors and patrons, and on the historical period when they were made. The exhibition also explores cartography as an art form, with a focus on the representations in the map margins. The exhibition can be seen at Chazen Museum of Art, Leslie and Johanna Garfield Gallery, 750 University Avenue on the UW–Madison campus. The exhibit is guest curated by Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, an art historian who specializes in the iconographical analysis of maps and the artistic interest of historical cartography. View and download the exhibition catalogue, “Marginalia in CARTography” by Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez under the Catalogues section.
March 1, 2014 - April 12, 2014 - Crawfordsville,
Indiana Through the Map Maker’s Eye is an exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County, 222 S Washington St; and is on loan from the Indiana Historical Society. This exhibition, drawn from maps and atlases of Indiana and the Midwest dating from 1577 to the present, examines four ways people have used maps through the years, including documentation, tools, political images, and art. From the beginning of the mapping of the Indiana region, map makers were concerned with documenting the land. Maps showed the expansion of European settlement, with a simultaneous decrease in the presence of Native Americans. Also maps documented legal boundary lines in the region, state, and individual counties, and showed increasingly complex road, canal, and railroad networks. Some of the maps displayed in the exhibition include: an 1833 tourist’s Indiana pocket map; a 1913 Sanborn Company fire insurance map for Bloomington; Thomas Kitchin’s 1747 map of French settlements in North America; an 1881 bird’s-eye view of Mount Vernon, Indiana.; and a circa 1880 scale-model map of the University of Notre Dame.
March 13, 2014 - July 8, 2014 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ever since the revival of classical learning in the Renaissance, Europe's most prominent mapmakers—including Mercator, Ortelius, Janssonius, Sanson, and Delisle—have regarded it as part of their professional duty to apply their craft to an imaginative restoration of the past. Each age has its own peculiar Zeitgeist (yearning for a Golden Age, looking for inspiration in religious saints or secular heroes, or taking satisfaction in the extent of progress from "less enlightened" times), but the urge to court Clio (the muse of history) has been an ongoing theme in cartographic circles. The exhibit Courting Clio: Maps and the Historical Imagination explores the ways in which mapmakers frame past events, how they deploy textual and graphic aids in the service of historical narrative, and how they endeavor to convey temporal changes through static images. Whether the subject is the Exodus, the conquests of Alexander the Great, the barbarian invasions of Europe, or the arduous trek of Mormons to the Great Salt Lake, the focus here is on efforts to map our collective peregrinations through time. The exhibition be seen at Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library. For details contact Joseph Garver at 617-496-3670.
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.
March 22, 2014 – August 23, 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. A City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston can be seen at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St.
April 5, 2014 - June 8, 2014 - Banff, Alberta
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 111 Bear Street, has an exhibit titled Cartography. Canada is depicted through its illustrated geography with a selection of maps on loan from private collector Bob Sandford. An internationally respected naturalist, advisor and author, Sandford promotes water conservation and campaigns for global watersheds and reserves. Maps from the Whyte Museum’s archival collection are included, providing a broad range of locations to explore.
April 24, 2014 - June 8 , 2014 - Fukuyama City, Hiroshima
A collector has donated 848 items--including hundreds of antique maps--to the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History. Hisashi Moriya, a 72-year-old Fukuyama native and former chairman of Merrill Lynch Japan, amassed the collection over 30 years. The donations include 133 antique maps compiled in Europe and 210 antique maps and illustrations made in Japan. One of them, “Map of Asia,” is believed to have been produced by Dutch cartographer Jacob Floris van Langren in 1596. The donated collection also contains books about how Europeans viewed early modern Japan. The museum plans to hold an exhibition showing more than 100 items from the collection.
May 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014 – Portsmouth, New
The Portsmouth Historical Society will exhibit at the John Paul Jones House, 43 Middle Street, Mapping the Piscataqua from John Smith to Google Maps.
August 17, 2014
– January 25, 2015 – Princeton
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.