Cartography - Archive of Exhibitions Which Closed in 2006

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October 27, 2005 - January 1, 2006 - Milwaukee
The American West 1871-74: Photographs from the American Geographical Society Library at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive. In 1871 the U.S. government charged George Wheeler with exploring and documenting the uncharted expanse of American land west of the 100th Meridian. This exhibition will present approximately 65 albumen prints and stereographs made for the project by O'Sullivan and Bell, along with the maps that resulted from Wheeler's surveys.

September 29, 2005 - January 6, 2006 - Boston
The world's only three-story stained glass walk-in globe, 'Mapparium,' celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. In honor of the occasion, an exhibit will be at the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity, 200 Massachusetts Avenue. The Mapparium, a coined word from the Latin words mappa (map) and arium (a place for) was inspired by a large spinning globe in the lobby of the New York Daily News. The anniversary exhibit includes original blueprints of the Mapparium, historical and current world maps, as well as documents written by architect Chester Lindsay Churchill.

October 21, 2005 - January 6, 2006 - Hamilton, Bermuda
From the ACE Collection: Approximately 70 original, unique and historic Bermuda maps spanning the 16th to 19th centuries. One of the largest collections of Bermuda maps on public display, arranged in a special exhibition to mark ACE's 20th and Bermuda's 500th anniversaries. ACE Global Headquarters, 17 Woodbourne Avenue, Pembroke. Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission free. Groups welcome by appointment. Contact +1-441-297-7737.

October 14, 2005 - January 8, 2006 - Fermo, Italy
The world's best copy of Christopher Columbus's first letter about the lands he discovered is the highlight of a new show Cartografia e storia naturale del Nuovo Mondo [Cartography and Natural History of the New World: Manuscripts, Books and Engravings from Italy and Spain in the 15th and 16th Centuries]. There are only seven copies of the letter in museums around the world. Perhaps only Columbus scholars know that the best one is kept in the civic museum in this small Adriatic port, once a thriving maritime power. Aside from the letter, the show aims to help visitors feel what it must have been like to discover a new world. It includes nautical maps, sketches of flora and fauna, books, engravings and food containers which communicate the historical and cultural impact of America on the Old World. The exhibit is at Fermo's San Martino conference centre, Via Giacomo Leopardi 4. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9-13 and 16-19.

September 24, 2005 - January 9, 2006 - Philadelphia
Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark - The Quivira Collection features early maps and prints, dating from 1544 to 1801. These maps illustrate the discoveries and fantasies that led up to Jefferson's decision 200 years ago to commission the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Ocean. From the collection of Henry Wendt, in cooperation with the Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, California. The exhibit is at the Arthur Ross Gallery on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, 220 South 34th Street (Between Walnut and Spruce Streets), in the Fisher Fine Arts Library. For Information: (215) 898-2083.

September 28, 2005 - January 14, 2006 - Chicago
The Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country exhibit at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., features approximately 120 items, including books, manuscripts, maps, artwork, and photography from the Newberry Library's renowned American Indian and American history collections, as well as artifacts on loan from peer institutions, cultural organizations along the Lewis and Clark route, and private collections. Highlights of the exhibit include: a hand-written diary of the expedition by private Joseph Whitehouse, the earliest printed journal of the expedition by sergeant Patrick Gass, a manuscript map of the expedition from 1811, six original sketches of western Indians by George Catlin, and rare editions of tribal folklore.

February 6-11, 2006 - Silver Spring, Maryland
Artifacts representing nearly 200 years of science, service and stewardship by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its ancestor agencies will be on public display at the agency's headquarters in Silver Spring during the second annual NOAA Heritage Week. The exhibit will include early instruments, maps and charts. Free admission.

November 17, 2005 - February 19, 2006 - Versailles
L'exposition Trésors d'archives, cartes et plans des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, organisée par le Conseil général des Yvelines à l'Orangerie du Domaine de Madame Élisabeth à Versailles, présente une sélection de documents conservés aux Archives départementales des Yvelines. L'occasion de découvrir ce magnifique patrimoine cartographique par un voyage qui conduit le visiteur de l'Aquitaine à l'Italie... Orangerie du Domaine de Madame Élisabeth, 26, rue Champ Lagarde - 78000 Versailles. Ouvert tous les jours sauf le lundi de 13 heures à 18 heures. Fermeture les 25 décembre et 1er janvier. Entrée libre. Tél : 01 30 83 14 67 et 01 39 07 71 83.

February 8-19, 2006 - Rome
Maps of Italy, from the Renaissance to the 19th Century at Complesso del Vittoriano Some 70 maps of Italy will be on display.

January 19, 2006 - February 24, 2006 - Dallas
Colonial Encounters: Spaniards and Frontier Indians in the Americas, an exhibit featuring rare books, maps and prints illustrating the Spanish encounter with American Indians in the New World, will be at the DeGolyer Library, 6404 Hilltop Lane on the SMU campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group tours are available by appointment. Call 214-768-3231.

February 4-26, 2006 - Devon, Pennsylvania
The Main Line Unitarian Church will have an exhibit of maps collected by member John Smith. The church is at 816 S. Valley Forge Rd.

December 2005 - February 2006 - Edinburgh
'A Poke O'Soor Plooms' at National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. Some maps illustrate the theme of markets, shops and shopping in Scotland from early times to the mid 20th century.

May 29, 2004 - March 5, 2006 - Williamsburg
Mapping Colonial America, an expanded exhibit of maps and atlases, surveying equipment and globes at the DeWitt Wallace Museum of Decorative Arts in Colonial Williamsburg. The exhibit features colonial maps from Colonial Williamsburg's collection. There is an associated online exhibition that includes maps dated from 1587 to 1782. The online exhibition looks at maps relating to colonial discovery, exploration, boundary disputes, navigation, trade, the French and Indian War, and the Revolutionary War. The exhibition features a zooming tool allowing a close look at map details, a glossary of terms, and a timeline of major events in history that occurred near the date a particular map was drawn. The online exhibition is a companion to the book "Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America" by Margaret Beck Pritchard and Henry G. Taliaferro. The illustrated volume looks at the inspiration behind the production of 73 maps, atlases, and sea charts and was published in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., as part of the Colonial Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series.

October 25, 2005 - March 19, 2006 - Paris
L'Age d'Or des Sciences Arabes, a display of astrolabs, charts and maps, medical and botanical treaties, gives the opportunity to discover the contribution of Arabs to scientific progress in such fields as astronomy, algebra, pharmacy and medicine, among others. Institut du Monde Arabe, 1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Place Mohammed-V.

January 21, 2006 - March 26, 2006 - Miami
At the Deering Estate, 16701 S. W. 72nd Avenue, Cuba and the Caribbean in Old Maps, an exhibition of 16th- to 20th-century maps from Claude Alix's private collection. The exhibition includes more than 30 historic charts, maps and documents. They include one of Cuba and its vicinity by Abraham Ortelius from 1592. Alix said that what makes the map rare is that longitudes are not shown west of Ferro Island and that it was printed with a mistake. Other maps on exhibit are Giovanni Antonio Rizzi-Zannchi's 1787 map of the Gulf of Mexico and a rare map by Andrew Bell of Havana in 1762.

February 28, 2006 - March 26, 2006 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd, exhibits The Mapmakers' Art: The Bishop Collection of Antique Maps: 1608-1863. The historic maps collection includes an 1825 map of the Horry District by Robert Mills and naturalist Mark Catesby's 1731 work, "A Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands." Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

October 7, 2005 - March 27, 2006 - New London, Connecticut
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street (exit 83 off of 95), announces a new exhibition Commerce and Culture: Architecture and Society on New London's State Street. Featuring period photographs, historic maps, postcards, paintings and architectural drawings, Commerce and Culture documents and interprets the architectural and social development of New London's major commercial avenue. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. For more information, please call 860 443-2545.

December 13, 2005 - March 31, 2006 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mapping California as an Island. This exhibit features a selection of French, Dutch, German, and English maps and atlases including the first depiction of this cartographic anomaly appearing in 1622. The exhibition is on view from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays (closed weekends and university holidays) in the gallery outside the Harvard Map Collection on the ground floor of Pusey Library at Harvard University. For information: (617) 495-2417.

January 28, 2006 - March 31, 2006 - Bangkok
In 1996, two royal officials named Sarinee Manakit and Nopphawan Leetachewa stumbled across a rare treasure at the Grand Palace. In an antique, glass-fronted cupboard, they found five bolts of musty cotton cloth. After unrolling the swathes, they marveled at the 17 hand-drawn and hand-colored maps, which were clearly very old. The discovery of these maps would later shake up the Thai cartographic world. Historians are now saying that these maps date back to the period of King Rama I to King Rama III (1782-1851). Five of these will now be on display at the Jim Thompson Art Center, Soi Kasemsan 2 (BTS Station National Stadium), in an exhibition entitled Siam in Trade and War - Royal Maps of the Nineteenth Century. Covering Siam, Burma, Cambodia and China, they are rich in detail and beauty, showing terrain studded with hilltop temples, trees and forts. They show lakes and rivers teeming with fish and Chinese junks. For more information please contact: James H W Thompson Foundation, Supicha Theerasenee, Tel: 66 (0) 2216-7368 or Chutima Pengsuth, Tel: 66 (0) 2762-2564.

March 16-31, 2006 - Vienna
The exhibition, Das Werden einer Weltstadt. Wien in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts: Kartographische Zeugnisse, Ansichten und Photographien deals with the development of Vienna in the second half of the 19th century. In that time Vienna lost its medieval character and became one of the most important capitals in Europe. The exhibition features maps depicting the growth of Vienna. Other maps show the development of the regulation of the rivers, the growth of the public transport system, and plans for the military protection of Vienna. The exhibition is open 10.00-17.00 at Palais Epstein. Additional information from René Tebel.

April 3-15, 2006 - Shahbagh, Bangladesh
Years before Christopher Columbus sailed the oceans in search of a route to India, the Chinese were exploring the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific with seven voyages of the "Treasure Fleet" that established trade relations with much of Asia and parts of Africa in the 15th century. The fleets were commanded by a powerful admiral named Zheng He (AKA Cheng Ho). To celebrate the 600th Anniversary of Zheng He's remarkable voyages (1405-1433 ACE) the Embassy of the People's Republic of China is holding an exposition, An ancient mariner and his quests, at the National Museum, . The exhibition includes photographs along with notes, replicas of antiques from the era of Zheng He's voyages and copies of maps devised by the mariner.

March 4, 2006 - April 23, 2006 - Hannibal, Missouri
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum will have a record four traveling exhibits during the year. Each exhibit will be housed at the Museum Gallery building, 120 North Main St. in downtown Hannibal. One of the exhibits is Mapping Missouri, a cooperative exhibit between the museum and the Hannibal Free Public Library. Featuring more than 100 maps from the Missouri State Archives, some of which have never been shown before, Mapping Missouri explores the history of cartographic images in Missouri and the role they play in every day life.

February 24, 2006 - April 26, 2006 - Ratzeburg, Germany
Historische Karten aus dem Herzogtum Lauenburg und Schleswig-Holstein [Historical Maps from the Duchy Lauenburg and Schleswig-Holstein] at Kreismuseum Herzogtum Lauenburg, Domhof 12. Öffnungszeiten: Di-So 10-13 + 14-17h.

January 25, 2006 - April 28, 2006 - Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam Library, Singel 425, starts the new year with an exhibition about wonderful Surinam, Stories from the Wild Coast Highlights from the Surinam collection. The stimulus for this exhibition is the new image database 'Surinam 1599-1975' which becomes accessible on 25 January 2006. The exhibition Stories from the Wild Coast casts an eye at the early history of colonial Surinam on the basis of pieces from our own collection, such as historical pictures, maps, drawings and prints. The rich Surinamica collection is part of the University Library's Special Collections. For additional information contact Dr. E.J. van Zanten.

January 28, 2006 - April 29, 2006 - Heraklion, Crete
Candia-Creta-Crete: Space and Time (16th to 18th Centuries), curated by Victor Melas, at the Historical Museum of Crete. It was organized by the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, and was presented in Athens during 2005. It includes 76 maps and 4 books (including the manuscript collection of Francesco Basilicata "Citta, fortezze, castelli, siti forti, spiaggie, portie, e redotidel Regno di Candia", 1612-1615) from the 16th - 18th c. period.

February 8, 2006 - May 7, 2006 - Turin, Italy
Turin is to uncover the world's oldest surviving map as part of the rich programme of cultural events accompanying February's Winter Olympics. The 1st-century-BC Papyrus of Artemidorus, which contains the map, will go on display for the first time ever at the city's Palazzo Bricherasio, Via Lagrange 20. The parchment, which is over 2.5m long and 32.5cm wide, was found by chance at the end of the 20th century. Its importance has been compared to that of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It features the account of a trip to Spain of a previously obscure Greek geographer, Artemidorus of Ephesus, and the map, which is unfinished and impossible to relate to any particular region. This map had been discussed by Barbel Kramer in "Imago Mundi," volume 53 (2001), pages 115-120.

September 9, 2005 - May 14, 2006 - New York
Established in 1898 as a separate collection of The New York Public Library, and named a Division in 1947, the Map Division is a treasure-filled place, with maps and atlases dating from the 16th century to the present. The exhibition, Treasured Maps: Celebrating The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, celebrates the Map Division's reopening in December 2005 after months of renovation. The last public reading room to be renovated, the Map Division will double its reader capacity and services with its new look. With the use of compact shelving, remote storage and Internet resources, the Map Division will open up its former stack area for digital mapping and long term research projects based in the map and atlas collections.
Treasured Maps, located in the Edna Barnes Salomon Room (Third Floor), Humanities and Social Sciences Library, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, travels from the "macro" universe of stars and constellations to the very "micro" world of a single block in lower Manhattan, the World Trade Center site. Beginning with lovely evocative constellation charts, and moving to world maps, we travel from the heavens to our earthly home. We move then from the "old worlds" of Asia and Africa toward Europe and then to North America, ending up here at home in New York City. We move from maps with the very least detail, to maps of extraordinary depth of detail, outlining the very buildings and streets so familiar to us in memory and experience.

January 27, 2006 - May 15, 2006 - Albuquerque
Zebulon Montgomery Pike was marked as a suspicious person from the moment he showed up in the Southwest. In the exhibit on the Exploring Albuquerque's History: Selections from the Collections in the University Libraries' Center for Southwest Research in the Center for Southwest Research in Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico, you can see a part of a letter sent by the governor of New Mexico, Don Joaquin Real Alencaster in 1806 to his soldiers in the northern part of the territory to be on the lookout for Pike. But Pike may have had a more lasting impact on the city he passed through than he intended. His map of the trip, on display in the exhibit, drops the letter "r" from Alburquerque and labels the friendly community, Albuquerque, the misspelling of its original name that persists today. The exhibit has historic documents, maps and artifacts from throughout the city's 300 year history.

February 10, 2006 - May 26, 2006 - Dunedin, New Zealand
West Meets East: Images of China and Japan, 1570 to 1920 is an exhibition that presents a selected number of written and photographic accounts by European travellers to China and Japan. Notable items include John Ogilby's 1670 translation of Atlas Japanensis by Arnoldus Montanus, the earliest major work written on Japan, a coloured facsimile of Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570), which contains one of the earliest maps of China and Japan, Thomas Allom's multi-volumed illustrated work on China, John Barrow's China, the first book with aquatints of that country, Jesuit-based works such as Trigault's letters (1639) and Kircher's important China Monumentis (1667), and John Thomson's superb photographic volumes (1873). There are also two rare volumes containing numerous highly colourful illustrations of the tea industry and the Royal Court in China, produced in China about 1880. The exhibition is based on books held at Special Collections and the Hocken Collections, University of Otago. The exhibit is in the de Beer Galley, Special Collections, University of Otago Library, 65 Albany Street. Hours: 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. For further enquiries, contact Dr Donald Kerr on phone (03) 479-8330.

February 18, 2006 - May 28, 2006 - Fort Worth, Texas
Soar above the cities and towns of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Texas to catch a bird's-eye view of their patchworks of streets, buildings, railroads, and rivers. More than sixty highly detailed and oversized prints in this special exhibition, Patterns of Progress - Bird's-Eye Views of Texas, will offer a chronicle of one of the greatest periods of urban growth in Texas history. Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Phone (817) 738-1933 for additional information.

February 19, 2006 - June 4, 2006 - Wolfenbüttel, Niedersachsen, Germany
Europas Weltbild in alten Karten - Globalisierung im Zeitalter der Entdeckungen an exhibition of about 70 manuscripts, portolan charts, atlases and printed charts illustrating the age of the great explorers from Columbus to Captain Cook. Herzog August Bibliothek, Lessingplatz 1. Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00 - 17.00. Additional information from Christian Heitzmann, tel. +49 5331 808214.

February 24, 2006 - June 4, 2006 - Miami
Caribbean Collage: Archival Collections and the Construction of History highlights items from the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries' Caribbean archival and library materials. The exhibition spans five centuries of Caribbean history and focuses on the British West Indies, Haiti and Cuba from the 18th to the early 20th century. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections of the Smathers Libraries. Drawing on several archival collections recently acquired by the libraries, Caribbean Collage will explore the Caribbean during a time of massive social change: slavery ended, new forms of agriculture developed and independent nation-states, with distinct creole cultures, emerged. The exhibition will examine these large-scale transformations through documents specific to people's lives: letters, diaries, ledger entries, business records, scrapbook clippings, photographs, drawings and similar items. Illustrated books and maps will provide additional perspectives. At the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street.

March 6, 2006 - June 4, 2006 - Sydney, Australia
2006 is the four hundredth anniversary of the first documented sighting of Australia by Europeans. In March 1606, the Dutchman, Willem Janszoon, sailed down the west coast of Cape York as far as Cape Keerweer (turnabout) which he named. This was the first in a succession of Dutch voyages in the seventeenth century which would result in the charting of almost two thirds of the Australian coastline. These include the voyages of Dirk Hartog, 1616; Jan Cartsenszoon, 1623; François Thijssen, 1627; Abel Tasman, 1642-1644; and Willem de Vlamingh, 1696-97. Further charting of our coasts would not occur until James Cook charted the east coast in 1770. The exhibition First Sight: the Dutch Mapping of Australia 1606-1697 is at the State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, featuring Tasman's manuscript journal of 1642-43, the Bonaparte map recording Tasman's 1644 voyage, and Hessel Gerritsz's rare 1628 chart.

March 14, 2006 - June 30, 2006 - New Orleans
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, announces a celebration of the connections between Louisiana and St. Domingue (Haiti). Common Routes features historic documents, maps, artifacts and art depicting life in the former French, sugar-producing colony before a slave uprising led to the formation of what is now Haiti.

May 26, 2006 - June 30, 2006 - Prato, Italy
I Segni del Territorio. [Cartography, history and territorial planning.] Reproductions of more than 100 maps, dating from the late 16th to early 19th centuries at Palazzo Datini Via Ser Lapo Mazzei. For additional information contact the curator Marco Piccardi.

May 26, 2006 - July 23, 2006 - Hobart, Australia
The Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, 40 Macquarie Street, has an exhibition of the National Treasures from Australia's Great Libraries. The exhibition features more than 170 cultural heritage items held by libraries throughout the country. The display is divided into eight different themes -- war and loss, national obsessions, heroes and villains, culture, innovation and industry, settlement, hope and hardship and early maps and exploration.

July 19-25, 2006 - Mumbai
Celebrating 150 years, the University of Mumbai has organised an exhibition of Rare Books And Artifacts All the rare and ancient collections of books and photographs are placed at the Rajabhai Tower Library. This collection will be made available for public viewing between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Among the items on display is Robert Orme's 'History of Indostan', published in 1805. This book has interesting maps and a wealth of details about contemporary politics and social life. Also shown is the early translation of Bhagwat Gita by Charles Wilkins, published in 1785, 'A Narrative of the Battle against Tipoo Sultan' in 1792, a first hand account with maps showing battle positions.

June 2006 - August 1, 2006 - Hobart, Australia
Antarctica usually inspires images of icebergs, seals and penguins but a new exhibition in National Archives of Australia, Tasmanian Office, 85 Macquarie St, is focusing on a different aspect of the frozen continent. Australia's Antarctic Territory comprises 42 per cent of the continent, a significant portion because of Australia's long historical connection to Antarctica. National Archives state office manager Ruth Hughes said the exhibition was part of the Antarctic Midwinter Festival. The exhibition features original maps and documents from the negotiations that led to the formation of the Antarctic Treaty, or Madrid Treaty, in 1994.

July 1, 2006 - August 1, 2006 - Petaluma, California
The Tourist Frontier: Early Auto Touring in California, features old road signs, maps, photos, license plates and other artifacts at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth St. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

July 28, 2006 - August 3, 2006 - Lewes, Delaware
In honor of the city's 375th anniversary, the Peninsula Gallery will host a special exhibition of paintings, prints, maps and documents relating to the history of Lewes. Titled Lewes, Delaware: Four Centuries of Words and Images, the exhibit is being curated by gallery owner, Tony Boyd-Heron and Lewes author/photographer, Kevin N. Moore. On display will be antique maps, historical documents on loan from Delaware Public Archives, rarely seen images from the Lewes Historical Society, and many other items from private and corporate collections that will tell the story of Lewes' early beginnings as a failed Dutch whaling colony, and how its unique location as a seaport at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay has influenced its 375 years of history. The Peninsula Gallery is located at 520 E. Savannah Road, just across the canal bridge, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. For information, call 302-645-0551.

March 24, 2006 - August 18, 2006 - Boston
Journeys of the Imagination, an exhibit of world maps and atlases from the collection of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street (Copley Square). There will be an accompanying exhibit catalogue.

June 24, 2006 - August 20, 2006 - Portland, Oregon
The John Wilson Special Collections is the repository of Multnomah County Library's rare books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, and other fine materials. The rare book collection began in earnest in 1899, when local merchant John Wilson bequeathed 8,000 books. The collection has grown to 10,000 volumes, thanks largely to community gifts. The exhibition, Treasures of the John Wilson Special Collections, features masterworks from six collections: Cartographic items on display include Joan Blaeu's Atlas Major (1662), the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), and important early maps of Oregon At the Collins Gallery, 3rd Floor, Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Avenue. Additional information from Jim Carmin, John Wilson Special Collections Librarian, Multnomah County Library, Room 2M-C, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97205; 503-988-6287 (phone), 503-988-5226 (fax).

July 14, 2006 - August 21, 2006 - Colorado Springs
Take a look into Pike's World: Exploration and Empire in the Greater Southwest. Pike's World, the first of three exhibits commemorating the Bicentennial of Zebulon Montgomery Pike's 1806 western expedition, will be at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 South Tejon Street. Objects in the exhibit will include those being loaned by the National Parks Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Archives, and other public and private collections from across the country. In July and August, Pike's original papers, captured from him by Colonial Spanish military officers in 1806 and not returned to the United States until 1907 are being loaned by the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Included in this collection is Pike's field notebook, a leather-bound journal in which he kept navigational computations, notations about his route, and hand drawn maps. This item is notable because it documents Pike's attempt to climb the mountain that now bears his name. It will be the first time that these hand written papers and maps will return to the region since Pike himself carried them on his expedition two hundred years ago.

May 20, 2006 - August 27, 2006 - Berlin
The special exhibition Vermessen: Kartographie der Tropen" [Between Cancer and Capricorn: The Cartography of the Tropics] is shown at the Ethnological Museum Berlin, Lansstraße 8. More than 10 institutions and museums located in Berlin are contributing to this joint project, such as the National Museums Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin), the German Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum), and the Museum of Communication (Museum für Kommunikation). Concepts of orientation and spatial representation relating to the tropics are the central theme of this unusual exhibition. Cartographic concepts of the "Old World" are compared with their non-European counterparts that have originated in the tropical regions. Such concepts are by no means limited to "maps" in the conventional sense. They may also include, for example, cosmological ideas. The exhibition offers an introduction to the early cartographies of Europe, China, and the Arab world. It becomes apparent that people have always perceived their own lebensraum as the center of the world. At the same time, however, they were preoccupied with the unknown, expressed in depictions of fantastic creatures. In spite of the monsters that were thought to lurk in the unknown, people at all times felt an urge to journey away from their center of the world. In the course of time, they developed increasingly reliable maps, particularly by closely observing the movements of the heavenly bodies. Thus, one section of the exhibition focuses on the scientific instruments that made such mappings possible


April 3, 2006 - August 31, 2006 - New York
Mapping Science, Cartography of the Physical and the Abstract exhibit at Healy Hall, The New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business branch (188 Madison Ave. at 34th). Modern mapping imagery has come a long way from Ptolemy. In this stimulating show compelling for all ages and backgrounds, audiences will both visually and tactilely uncover how contemporary scientific thought has expanded. This unique exhibition innovative mapping techniques to physically show what and where science is today, how different branches of science relate to each other and where different branches of study are heading, where cutting edge science is erupting as archipelagos in the oceans of the yet unknown - and - how it all relates back to the physical centers of research. The world of science is turned into a navigable landscape. Additional information from John Ganly (212) 592-7000.

April 25, 2006 - August 2006 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mapping the White Mountains features the early mapping of New Hampshire's majestic mountains from 1677 - 1988. The exhibit includes John Foster's Map of New England in 1677, Blanchard and Langdon's 1761 map of New Hampshire, Holland's 1784 map, a rare Carrigain edition, AMC maps, USGS maps, and Washburn's 1988 Mount Washington. The exhibition is on view from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays (closed weekends and university holidays) in the gallery outside the Harvard Map Collection on the ground floor of Pusey Library at Harvard University. For information: (617) 495-2417.

July 7, 2006 - August 31, 2006 - Dover, New Hampshire
Four newly restored Dover maps are on display at the Dover Public Library, 73 Locust Street. The maps were in extremely fragile condition and nearly unusable: they had been rolled up for decades and were too cracked and brittle to unroll without causing further damage. The four maps spent several months undergoing preservation treatments at the New England Document Conservation Center in Andover, Mass., and are now returned to their former glory. Each was cleaned, repaired, re-backed and re-mounted, then encapsulated in a protective polyester film. The maps include: "Map of the City of Dover," 1870 by Sanford & Everts (Philadelphia), "Map of Strafford County," 1856 by J. Chace Jr., "Map of the Town of Dover and Map of Dover Village," 1834 by G.L. Whitehouse, and "Plan of Estates & Factory Privileges belonging to the Cocheco Manufacturing Co. on the Cocheco River," by Alex. Wadsworth (Boston), 1831.

June 2006 - September 3, 2006 - St. John's, Newfoundland
This is My Home, My Native Land, an exhibition of rare drawings, sketches and maps celebrating the history of Newfoundland is open to the public, Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m., at the Basilica Cathedral Museum. The Museum is located in the Episcopal Library at the Basilica Residence (adjacent to the Basilica), 200 Military Road. After September 3 the exhibit can be viewed by appointment until the end of September 2006. Additional information from Catherine Rice or Larry Dohey, 709-726-3660.

May 12, 2006 - September 11, 2006 - Washington
Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition is at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit features hundreds of superb artifacts, including rare and priceless objects, maps and documents that have not been seen in one place since the Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis in 1806. More than 450 artifacts illustrate cultural encounters along the journey of Lewis and Clark. Period objects and art represent the equipment the explorers used, the land they trekked, and the American Indian tribes they encountered.

July 18, 2006 - September 17, 2006 - University Park, Pennsylvania
Celestial Images: Antiquarian Astronomical Charts and Maps From the Mendillo Collection is on display at the Palmer Museum of Art on Curtin Road. The exhibition includes historical charts and maps influenced by various astronomers ranging from Ptolemy to Kepler, with Penn State serving as the second stop on a two-year tour across the country. Michael Mendillo, professor of astronomy at Boston University, began collecting antiquarian astronomical charts after he skipped out of an international astronomy conference more than two decades ago. Many of the pieces feature ornate, detailed representations of constellations and the solar system, using classic astrological symbols such as Leo the lion and Cancer the crab. For more information contact phone 814-865-7672; fax 814-863-8608.

June 2, 2006 - September 29, 2006 - Jakarta
With an expansive shoreline, insatiable curiosity and shortage of spices and bullion, Portuguese sailors sponsored by their monarchs took to the seas in the Age of Exploration (15th-16th centuries). Venturing into the unknown, the skills and capabilities of the sailors came forth and contributed to the establishment of a supreme exploratory Portuguese fleet that succeeded in discovering lands as far away as Brazil and Malaysia. With maps of the first sea routes and newly discovered lands, and even original letters sent from the sailors to their kings, one can sense the exhilaration of exploring new cultures, peoples and lifestyles, and trade opportunities as the sailors did. Portuguese Discoveries and the Encounter of Civilizations, an informative exhibition on the glory, wealth and knowledge amassed by the Portuguese during this era, is at the Embassy of Portugal, Jl. Indramayu No. 2A, Menteng; Tel: (021) 31908030.

October 6, 2005 - September 30, 2006 - Brussels
100 treasures of the Royal Library of Belgium is an exhibition with cartographical objects such as Jacob Deventer's City Atlas (16th century) and the atlas made for King Philip II of Spain by Christian Sgrooten. At the Nassau chapel, Royal Library, Kunstberg / Monts des Arts.

March 22, 2006 - September 30, 2006 - Corvallis, Oregon
500 Years of Cartography, original antique maps and charts at Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Avenue, Oregon State University. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional information from Wendy Madar at 541-737-2450.

September 2006 - Buffalo University at Buffalo Libraries will host a wide range of exhibits in September to coincide with the visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to UB. All exhibits will be free and open to the public. Using a wealth of images, texts and objects loaned by University at Buffalo faculty, staff and community members, the exhibits will explore the life and thought of the Dalai Lama, as well as Tibetan history, religion, medicine, music, law, architecture and culture. UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences professor Richard V. Lee, M.D., and his wife, Susan B. Lee, have loaned rare maps and other materials for the exhibit Discovering Tibet: The Development of Western Notions of Central Asia and Tibet in the Special Collections Research Room, 420 Capen Hall, North Campus. For further details, contact: Mary Cochrane (716) 645-5000 ext 1412.

April 29, 2006 - October 14, 2006 - Bern, Switzerland
Himmel und Erde - Ptolemaios, der Astronom und Geograph [Sky and Earth - Ptolemy, the Astronomer and Geographer] at Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek Bern, Münstergasse 61. Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Fr 8-19h, Sa 8-12h.

Until October 15, 2006 - Aalst, Belgium
Papier, Beeld en Basis in kaart gebracht [Paper, Image and Basics Mapped], an exhibition with historical maps of the region around Aalst and Flanders, presented in contrast with contemporary cartographical works of art. At the Stedelijk Museum Aalst, Oude Vismarkt 13.

May 18, 2006 -October 29, 2006 - Athens
Peloponnese: Cartography and History, 16th-18th centuries, an exhibition focusing on old maps of the Peloponnesus, is at the Eynardos Building on the corner of Agiou Konstantinou and Menandrou Streets. The Archive of Cartography of Greek Regions of the National Bank's Cultural Foundation presents its new exhibition of old maps of the Peloponnese that aims to underline that maps give significant information about the history of the region they depict, as well as about the identity of the society where the cartographers who made them lived.

June 27, 2006 - October 29, 2006 - Duluth
Scenes of Ojibwe life during the 19th century take center stage when the Tweed Museum of Art (located in the Humanities Building on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth) exhibits 30 paintings and drawings by famed painter Eastman Johnson. Also on display will be treaty portraits and 19th-century maps from the Richard and Dorothy Nelson Collection of American Indian Art at the Tweed. Admission is free

May 3, 2006 - October 31, 2006 - Madrid
The Museo Naval de Madrid, in honor of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' death, will have an exhibit Cristóbal Colón y el mito colombino. The Museum wants to show how Columbus' life was dominated by geographical and religious myths and how in the XIX Century the reinterpretation of Columbus' myth survives in the Spanish Romanticism and around the Fourth Centenary.

July 18, 2006 - November 4, 2006 - New Orleans
Historic photographs, prints, maps, and books trace New Orleans's perseverance through 300 years of periodic flooding and natural disasters, while contemporary photographs, oral histories, video footage, and ephemera explore Hurricane Katrina's impact and the city's will to survive and rebuild against all odds. The Historic New Orleans Collection, Williams Gallery, 533 Royal Street; Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

November 14-17, 2006 - Tucson, Arizona
In celebration of Geography Awareness Week, the University of Arizona Libraries present an exhibit of maps and atlases centered around this year's theme: Africa in 3D: Diversity, Discover, and Demographics. The exhibit will be on display in the Main Library in Research West (2nd floor).

October 6, 2006 - December 8, 2006 - Perth, Australia
This year marks 400 years since Australia was first charted by Europeans. The John Curtin Gallery is celebrating this milestone with two exhibitions that journey through time and investigate Western Australia's cultural identity. The exhibition Western Edge is mainly concerned with the Dutch discovery of Australia's west coast. The exhibition contains about 70 pieces, including maps, books and journals. The rare and original documents were drawn from the extensive private collections of Western Australia businessmen Jock Clough and Kerry Stokes. The earliest map on display was printed in 1515, based on a chart believed to have been drawn in 1483 and based on a record from 1459. The John Curtin Gallery is located on the west side of Curtin University of Technology's Bentley Campus. It is most readily approached from the University's main Kent Street entrance.

October 2, 2006 - December 22, 2006 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
You can see more clearly and more literally the world William Shakespeare inhabited by stopping by the University of Michigan's Clements Library, which is staging an exhibit of Shakespeare's World in Maps. The maps, many of them produced during Shakespeare's lifetime, were selected from the Clements collection and include several rarely seen cartographers' works, including the 1579 atlas of England and Wales by Christopher Saxton, which is open to the page showing Shakespeare's hometown, spelled "Stretford'' instead of Stratford. The Clements Library is located at 909 South University Avenue, and is open Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 4:45 pm. For further information please contact Brian Dunnigan, Curator of Maps or Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphics at 734-764-2347.

October 1, 2005 - December 31, 2006 - Portland, Maine
The Changing Peninsula: Two Centuries of Portland Maps and City Views is on display at the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine (On the ground floor of the Glickman Family Library at the intersection of Forest Ave. and Bedford St). Guest-curated by Earl G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, The Changing Peninsula provides visitors with a cornucopia of historic images about Portland, Maine's largest city. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

July 20, 2006 - December 31, 2006 - Philadelphia
William McIntyre Elkins bequeathed his entire library to the Rare Book Department - including the furniture, wood paneling, and his collection of early Americana, which features extremely rare and important materials from the age of discovery through the westward expansion. The exhibition Unimaginable Coasts: European Exploration and Conquest of the Americas covers the early period, beginning with the Columbus Letter of 1493, and extends through the Indian Wars of New England. Books, manuscripts, maps, and illustrations tell the story of an epoch which opened two continents to exploration and exploitation and sealed the fates of their original inhabitants. In the Rare Book Department, Central Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street. The exhibition may be viewed Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Daily tour of the department and exhibition at 11:00 a.m. For group tours, call 215-686-5416.

September 5, 2006 - December 31, 2006 - Minneapolis
Creating the First Global Empire: Portuguese Exploration and Expansion in the Early Modern World features rare books, maps, and manuscripts from the James Ford Bell Library, chronicling the maritime adventures of Prince Henry the Navigator, who, in the 15th century, led the Portuguese in the creation of the first global empire with expansion into the Atlantic, Africa, and the Indian Ocean basin, eventually extending their reach from Brazil to Japan. Exhibit is in T.R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library, O Meredith Wilson Library, 309 19th Avenue S. Additional information from

September 20, 2006 - December 31, 2006 - Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has opened its first major exhibition of the season, the eagerly awaited Tesoros/Treasures/Tesourous: The Arts in Latin America. Spanning the years between 1492 and 1820, the time of Columbus' landing and Simon Bolivar's revolution, respectively, the exhibition features some 260 works of art created in the Spanish viceroyalties of New Spain, which today is the area of Mexico and Central America; Peru, which is now much of South America; and the Portuguese colony of Brazil. Strikingly beautiful and often mysterious, works of art in all mediums are presented, including painting, sculpture, feather-work, shell-inlaid furniture, gold and silver, ceramics and textiles. Also of note is the exhibitions placement of art in historical context. Manuscripts and maps are included to illustrate how the earliest contact between Europeans and indigenous populations created a crisis in identity and self-representation. Eventually, the mix of cultures led to a mix of creative energies, expressed in the arts displayed in the exhibit. Exhibition hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For more information, call visitor services at 215-763-8100.