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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 (KMuseumFtW(at)aol.com) 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 info(at)kozlib.gr or 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 (richard(at)lajollamapmuseum.org) or Roz Gibson (roz(at)lajollamapmuseum.org) 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 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Mercator Museum, Zamanstraat 49, displays a chronological story of cartography, from ancient times to today. In this story, the figure and work of Gerard De Cremer (Rupelmonde 1512 - 1594 Duisburg) - aka Gerard Mercator - is placed in the spotlight. His rare earth globe (1541) and celestial globe (1551), recently included in the Flemish masterpieces list, remain the highlights of the museum. The rich collection of atlases, including his first Ptolemy edition 1584, shines in the showcases. The story is complemented by a carefully chosen selection of maps and atlases from the 17th to the early 20th century.
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 globen(at)onb.ac.at or 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 (library(at)historydc.org).
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
August 17, 2015 - January 14, 2016 - Tucson, Arizona
Tucson's 240th birthday is approaching, and you should head to this new exhibit with historic photos, maps and memorabilia of the Old Pueblo to celebrate it. The University of Arizona Libraries' Special Collections Gallery, 1510 E. University Blvd., is hosting Tucson: Growth, Change and Memories with the purpose of showcasing the city's history and growth as an urban community.
September 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016 - New Brunswick, New
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 71 Hamilton Street, presents Simeon De Witt: Mapping A Revolution. This exhibition celebrates one of the university’s most distinguished alumni, Simeon De Witt, the fourteenth graduate of what was then known as Queen’s College and, because of the Revolutionary War, the only one in 1776. In 1802, he drafted the first large-scale map of the state to be printed. It was the most detailed to date - depicting newly established cities, towns, and county lines - and distributed to salons and offices as an accurate reference of the Empire State's geography. An 1804 version of this map is on view, on loan from Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University Libraries. The map is accompanied by several of De Witt's original drafting tools, on loan from the Albany Institute of History and Art, and a field compass commonly used during the era, also from Special Collections. These historical objects provide insight into the resources available to De Witt at the time. Also on view are prints that depict important battles in New Jersey during America's War for Independence, including a map by English engraver William Faden that depicts the positions of Washington's troops in New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the beginning of the war.
September 4, 2015 - November 27, 2015 - Brampton, Ontario
In recognition of International Map Year, a worldwide celebration of maps, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives, 9 Wellington St. E, will select and display a variety of historic maps and plans from the archival collection. Mapping Peel: An exploration of maps from the Peel Archives includes maps depicting land purchased from First Nations, the layout of villages, towns, and subdivisions, existing road and rail networks, and natural features such as land elevations, waterways, and trees. Also featured are maps of far-off lands, such as the islands of Cuba and St. Helena, found within the records of William Perkins Bull, a prominent Peel historian and businessman.
September 5, 2015 - December 31, 2015 - Staunton, Virginia
Maps show location, but also mirror their times. The Augusta Historical Society has an exhibit of maps, at the R. R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New St., from the early 17th century to the early 18th century that not only show our nation as it became a nation, but may have played a role in that transformation. The exhibit, entitled Mapping America’s Early Years: A Tribute to the Vision of the Early Explorers and the Founding Fathers includes 20 maps – 18 of them original – reflecting major historical events that helped shaped our nation – with an emphasis on Virginia. Maps played a crucial role in defining territories and boundaries and were often used as the basis for the signing of significant treaties. Included in the exhibit is a 1630 map of Virginia by William Blaeu, a famous Dutch cartographer; a 1670 map by J. Danckerts showing California as an island; and the critically important 1755 map of Virginia co-created by Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson. The maps and materials were gathered by Scott Ballin, who is also curator of the exhibit.
September 12, 2015 - December 31, 2015 - Lancaster, Ohio
Early Visions of Ohio, 1765-1865 — an exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center, 145 E. Main Street — presents a collage of images of how residents or visitors to the state saw, or interpreted, the environs. Maps are one way of abstracting visual information, and the exhibit contains plenty of them. Old county maps reveal each road and house at a given point. Detailed maps by explorers include notations such as “dangerous place when the water is low.” A book-length catalog will accompany the exhibition.
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.
September 20, 2015 - August 2016 - Morton Grove, Illinois
If you have forgotten what a paper map looks like, the Morton Grove Historical Museum, 6148-6240 W. Dempster, will have plenty on display as part of the exhibition Morton Grove Maps. The exhibit will be the first of its kind at the museum as a means of educating the public about the history of the village and the reason preservation of maps is important. Free to the public, the exhibit includes at least a dozen original maps, in addition to some reprints and other related artifacts. One map predates the year Morton Grove was incorporated in 1895. The Museum is open Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Sundays (October – May only), 2:00-4:00 p.m.
September 26, 2015 - February 28, 2016 – Cardiff
When the industrial revolution was in full swing, the demand for coal, iron and limestone was huge. William Smith, a blacksmith’s son from Oxfordshire, realised that a map showing where different rock layers (strata) came to the surface would be of great value. 200 years later, Smith’s beautifully hand-coloured maps are icons in the world of geology. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales, holds more original versions of these huge, spectacular maps than any other public institution in the world. Three different editions are fully displayed in the exhibition Reading the Rocks: the Remarkable Maps of William Smith along with unique documents and smaller maps, all depicting the story of Smith’s life and work.
September 26, 2015 - November 22, 2015 – Lerwick,
James Robertson (1752-1829) was born on the island of Yell, and emigrated to Jamaica where he owned a sugar plantation and worked as a surveyor. In 1796, Robertson petitioned and was appointed by the Jamaican Assembly to survey Jamaica, producing a three-sheet map of the whole island at a scale of a half-inch to the mile (1:126,720), and 3 four-sheet maps of each county (Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey) at a scale of one-inch to the mile (1:63,360). Robertson was paid the generous sum of £10,450 for his maps and returned to Great Britain, where he later compiled a map of the north-eastern counties of Scotland (1822). James Robertson: The Shetlander who mapped Jamaica will illustrate Robertson's life and work, and will also be a rare opportunity to view all of these original maps by Robertson. Exhibition can be seen at the Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay’s Dock.
October 2, 2015 - January 9, 2016 – Boston
As the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, approaches its 225th year, Terra Firma: The Beginnings of the Massachusetts Historical Society Map Collection celebrates the beginnings of one of its most diverse and interesting collections. Among the maps on display are landmarks of map publishing that include the first published map of New England, the first map of Massachusetts published in America, and a unique copy of the earliest separate map of Vermont, as well as maps of important battles and maps and atlases from the United States and beyond.
October 6, 2015 - December 31, 2015 – Madrid
Hispaniae Geologica Chartographia La representación geológica de España a través de la Historia [The geological representation of Spain through history] is on display at Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Ríos Rosas, 23. This exhibition brings together a selection of maps that reflect the evolution of geological mapping in Spain, which responds to the advancement of scientific and cultural knowledge of the country and the concerns and needs of society. From the first graphical representations of more than 3,000 years ago to the current maps, geological mapping has been an essential tool for humans. Each of the 40 selected geological maps marked a milestone at the time.
October 9, 2015 - January 31, 2016 – Oxford
Handwritten in stone : how William Smith and his maps changed geology can be seen at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road. See the dazzling colours of the first geological map of England and Wales in this exhibition celebrating William Smith's 200-year-old breakthrough work. William Smith spent his childhood collecting fossils, and his career travelling the country as a surveyor. But how did he make the leap to representing the Earth's three-dimensional rocky layers, or strata, so vividly on a two-dimensional map? With rare maps, personal papers, fossils and tools, this exhibition explores the work and life of Smith, the 'father of stratigraphy' - and examines how Smith still influences geologists today as they unlock the Earth's secrets.Open daily, 10am-5pm: Admission Free.
October 13, 2015 - November 22, 2015 – Gotha
Exhibition of Kapitel aus der Geschichte des Stieler Hand-Atlas can be seen at Gotha Research Library, the Hall of Mirrors in Friedenstein Castle.
October 16, 2015 - December 13, 2015 - Ada, Ohio
The Ohio Northern University Department of Art and Design presents Mapping Katrina, dynamic visual documentation of New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, in the Elzay Gallery of Art. This exhibit features numerous maps created and utilized during the natural disaster in 2005. It features a stunning visual display of topographical, statistical, and geographical information that was gathered during the storm. The exhibit was curated by Harry “Jimmy” Wilson, ONU assistant professor of management and geographical information systems.
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.
October 16, 2015 - August 2016 – Wellington
A new exhibition showcasing the history of maps in New Zealand can be seen at the National Library. It tells the story of this country’s maps – from the surprisingly accurate charts of Captain Cook’s 18th Century voyages to the GPS technology used today. The exhibition, Unfolding the Map is a collaboration between the National Library, Land Information New Zealand, Eagle Technology and Archives New Zealand. The maps and charts on display highlight the variety and richness of resources held by New Zealand libraries and explain the concepts of cartography. They are supplemented by a selection of tools used by map-makers. A hand-coloured, annotated map of Gallipoli is featured in the exhibition. The map was issued to the commanding officer of the New Zealand and Australian Division and taken ashore by Major General Alexander Godley on 25 April 1915. Its lack of detail, however, made it little use in the campaign. Other treasures include the first map of New Zealand drawn by Māori, whimsical tourism maps from the 1920s and a 1938 trampers’ map of the Tararua ranges.
October 19, 2015 – January 19, 2016 – Cape
Cape Town, as South Africa's oldest city, has long been associated with maps of Africa. The Cape first appeared on early Portuguese maps of Africa as “Cabo de Boa Esperança” and in the 17th and 18th centuries it was the main center of of the Dutch settlement which was frequently mapped by Dutch and French cartographers. A Selection of Maps @ the National Library of South Africa, 5 Queen Victoria Street, will feature these early maps as well as some 19th century maps. The maps can be seen in special collections and the red space.
October 28, 2015 - April 10, 2016 – Basel
Basel im Stadtportrait – 400 Jahre Merianplan 1615–2015 [Basel city Portrait - 400 years Merian plan from 1615 to 2015] is a special exhibition at the Museum Kleines Klingental, Unterer Rheinweg 26. 400 years ago Matthäus Merian handed the Basel Council a bird's eye view of the city. It showed for the first time a true reflection of the characteristic medieval buildings which had been defined by the city walls. Today it serves as an indispensable source of local history. The exhibition sheds light on Merian's models and operations as well as on how Merian has influenced the later views of the city - to the modern, geo-referenced survey.
October 31, 2015 – Spring 2016 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents Women in Cartography. This exhibition recognizes and celebrates the long overlooked role of women in the world of mapping; bringing their stories, accomplishments, and most importantly their maps to light. Curated by Alice Hudson, former Chief of the Map Division at the New York Public Library, Women in Cartography showcases the works of better-known women cartographers such as Marie Tharp, who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the entire ocean floor, and, Agnes Sinclair Holbrook who created the Hull-House maps, statistical cartographic presentations of social data from the immigrant rich Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago.
November 2, 2015 - March 31, 2016 - Clermont-Ferrand,
The celebration of the centenary of the Great War is an opportunity to discover or rediscover the war that deeply shocked the world at the beginning of the twentieth century. For this occasion, the Clermont University Library and Map Library Department joined forces to highlight different topographic maps of that period from the collections of the University. Des Cartes Pour Faire La Guerre can be seen at BCU Lettres et Sciences Humaines Lafayette, 1er étage (Salle Massillon), 1, Bd Lafayette. Indeed, the need for good quality and reliable maps is required by the military which is forced to adapt to the topography of the land of the enemy. Thus the role of topographic maps is far from minor in armed conflict.
November 3, 2015 - February 28, 2016 – Boston
Collecting For The Boston Athenæum In The 21st Century: Maps, Charts, & Plans can be seen at the Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon Street. The exhibition will show maps and charts from its rich cartographic collection. Those on exhibition will date from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Most of these materials have been acquired since 2004; and therefore, are relatively recent additions to our collection. Some of the highlights will include a very scarce chart of Casco Bay by J.F.W. DesBarres, a rare French edition of a classic map of the Americas by Petrus Bertius, published in the mid-seventeenth century, and a beautiful example of one of the earliest charts to focus on the New England coastline by J. van Keulen.
November 13, 2015 - February 12, 2016 - Des Moines, Iowa
The Anderson Gallery, 2505 Carpenter Ave., will open a major new exhibition titled Are We Global Yet? The Art and Politics of Public Space (including the virtual), curated by professor Lenore Metrick-Chen and students from her curatorial capstone seminar. The exhibition brings together historical maps, student collaborations with homeless individuals in the community, and contemporary artwork from more than 15 artists to ask the question, “Are we global yet?” One group of students met with a collector from Iowa City who owns more than 50 maps dating from the mid-1500s to the early 1900s. The students were able to explore the political and social concerns expressed in these centuries-old maps, several of which will be displayed in the gallery.
November 15-22, 2015 – Boston
Before Mandela: The Cartographic View of South Africa, 1513-1918 is on display at Afriterra, 400 Commonwealth Ave. Several maps from South Africa will be on display: from the 1513 map by Martin Waldseemuller to the 1686 by Vincenzo Coronelli, to some of the Dutch East India Company, some of Frederick A. Jeppe, and some other by the British agencies such as Her Majesty’s Stationary Office (HMSO) and from The Times Atlas. All maps are significant and represent the history of South Africa at that time. Most of the exploration of this part of the world starts from the colonial exploitation of the resources of Africa and its people: South Africa is no different. However, what is important to note is that the cartography of South Africa represents the activities of the different ethnic groups and is represented at its highest level by the history of the life of Nelson Mandela. The exhibit will show a map of the place, Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for about 18 years.
November 18, 2015 - December 19, 2015 – Barcelona
Les fronteres de Catalunya. Segles XVII i XVIII [The borders of Catalonia. Seventeenth and eighteenth centuries] can be seen in the Exhibition Hall, Biblioteca de Catalunya, Carrer de l'Hospital, 56. The name "Catalonia" appeared in the first printed map of the Iberian Peninsula by Francesco di Nicola Berlinghieri, published in Florence in 1482, in the Ptolemy Geography. The map collection of the Library of Catalonia began to form in 1918; soon after, in 1923, the section of Prints & Maps, predecessor of the current Geographic Library of Catalonia, was established. The map collection is a remarkable collection of an estimated eighteen thousand documents. Selected maps exhibiting the borders of Catalonia are on display.
November 19, 2015 - March 12, 2016 - Portland, Maine
This fall, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will close its 20th-anniversary with a showcase of its finest maps and globes; Masterpieces at USM: Celebrating Five Centuries of Rare Maps and Globes. Curated by the Osher Map Library staff and some of Maine's very own luminaries, including renowned authors Susan Minot and Monica Wood as well as Senator Angus King, Senator Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, among others, this engaging exhibit highlights masterpieces from Osher Map Library collections. Featuring monumental pieces of cartographic history from around the world, ranging from the first modern printed map in 1475 to superb examples of woodcut, copperplate, and lithographic map printing from the 15th through the 19th centuries.
November 21, 2015 - Indefinite – Washington
In 2011, Albert H. Small donated to George Washington University Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, his unrivaled collection of 1,000 maps and prints, rare letters, photographs, and drawings that document the history of Washington, DC. A Collector’s Vision: Creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection presents highlights of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, including Mr. Small's first acquisition and other items that explore what motivates individuals to collect.
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.
March 5, 2016 – January 29, 2017 - Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg will display the exhibition We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence in the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation Gallery and the Jan Curtis and Frank J. Spayth Gallery, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. 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 2016 – September 2016 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will have an exhibition Pictorial Maps, curated by Stephen Hornsby.
October 2016 – March 2017 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will have an exhibition Globes as Pedagogy. Selected Globes, Manuals, and Gores will be shown.
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.