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May 2014 – January 2015 – Ithaca
The history of the outbreak 100 years ago of World War I, the “Great War”, and the collapse of the fragile balance among the European powers in the summer of 1914 is a grand and grim story of diplomatic failure and military destruction. It was arguably the main cause of World War II. World War I was a “European War,” it was also the “Great” war. The biggest and bloodiest battles were fought in Western Europe. Yet it is important to remember that the conflict spread to Africa, where the German colonial empire was eventually destroyed, the Balkans and the Ottoman Middle East as well as Asia and the Pacific. The naval war was a relentless struggle over supplies of war materials and food. The goal of this exhibit, Foreign Fields: Perspectives on the Great War, is to present these lesser known fronts and battlefields through a series of original maps and maps from the Olin Library map collection, which show not only the geospatial dimensions of the secondary fronts, but also the costs and casualties of the war outside of the main West European theaters of operation, and ultimately the really global scope of the war. The exhibit can be seen in the Olin Library Lower Level display case, Cornell University.
July 11, 2014 - January 4, 2015 – London To mark the 300th anniversary of the passing of the Longitude Act in July 1714, the exhibition Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude (east-west position) at sea, helping to solve the problem of navigation and saving seafarers from terrible fates including shipwreck and starvation. Exhibition can be seen at National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
December 18, 2014 - January 24, 2015 – Naples
This year is the bicentenary of the death of the great Italian XVIII century astronomer and cartographer Rizzi Zannoni (1736-1814). The Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli has an exhibition featuring manuscript maps made by him. A long map of the river Donau, from Ulm to Ingolstadt, surveyed and drawn in 1776 will open the exhibit; followed by a map of Maltese islands. These are examples of his maps of areas outside of his homeland.
16, 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. John Delaney, exhibit curator, has published a book concurrently with the exhibit.
September 2, 2014 - January 25, 2015 – Boston
American schoolchildren have studied geography since the colonial-era. Traditionally viewed as an essential subject for boys’ and girls’ education, geography was taught to small children from their earliest lessons at home, to young adults studying in high school and university settings. Back to School: Geography in the Classroom is a display of forty maps, globes, games, atlases and related objects. In this display we see the evolution of geographic education, examine the visual aids used by teachers in the classroom, and marvel at unique student-produced geography projects from the late 18th to the 20th centuries. The exhibit can be seen at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St.
October 15, 2014 - January 31, 2015 - Bochum, Germany
When there is a high incidence of infectious disease with hundreds or thousands of patients, the cause must be determined as quickly as possible in order to quickly apply appropriate measures to prevent further spread of the disease. Maps were and are a central tool for the investigation and informing the public, because they show at a glance how many people are ill and the ways in which the disease propagates in space. In addition, they are also the starting point for further questions: Why is there only a certain area or a particular stretch of road affected when the outbreak first started? Den Seuchen auf der Spur – 200 Jahre Infektionskrankheiten im Kartenbild [The epidemics on the track - 200 years of infectious diseases in the map image] can be seen at Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Universitätsbibliothek (4 and 5 Floor), Universitätsstraße 150.
November 20, 2014 - February 10, 2015 - Cambridge,
From their earliest manifestations, maps have embodied some form of data visualization. Whether describing geographical coordinates, navigational hazards, transportation routes, or the night sky, maps have served to distill the complexities of our observations and render them more readily comprehensible. However, the cartographic techniques used to depict topographical features and the built environment were often of limited utility in illustrating data derived from in-depth investigations of the physical universe, the biosciences, the economy, or the social system. At a Glance: Early Methods of Cartographic Visualization explores early experimentations in visualization impelled by the explosion of empirical data (and the infrastructure for collecting statistics) since the late 18th century. It includes thematic maps of disease, crime, geological strata, ethnographic patterns, and electoral results. Exhibit can be seen at Harvard Map Collection, Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library.
November 24, 2014 - February 15, 2015 - Limerick, Ireland
The Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, invites you to explore the rich history of our city this winter. Limerick: My City My Home is a display of historic maps and paintings that depict the wealth of history in our city and will be on view in the Gallery. The paintings and maps will guide you through time from the 17th century right up to the modern city as we know it.
December 19, 2014 - February 15, 2015 - Tyler, Texas
The Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave, joins the nationwide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War with an exhibition, The American Civil War’s Impact on Tyler. To highlight the home front and frame the war from the perspective of Smith County, the exhibit features an array of period clothing, weaponry, photographs, maps and numerous other historical artifacts of local origin.
December 2014 - February 18, 2015 - Summerside, Prince Edward
On exhibit at Eptek Art & Culture Centre, 130 Heather Moyse Drive, is Mapping the Island: Remembering Samuel Holland, an exhibition of maps selected from the Prince Edward Island Museum's provincial collection. Many of the maps were donated by Jim MacNutt and depict the leap forward in accuracy and detailing that came about with the survey of Samuel Holland in 1764-65. This exhibition kicks off this year of celebrating Holland's influence on our province and it appears in the lobby.
February 2-20, 2015 - Eugene, Oregon
James Tice co-created the Interactive Nolli Map of Rome more than ten years ago as a resource for students and scholars. The website and related research has since mushroomed into an international phenomenon that now features the city’s cartography from antiquity to the present. Mapping Rome: Portraits of a City is an exhibition which features maps studied by Mr. Tice. Exhibit can be seen in Lawrence Hall, Wallace and Grace Hayden Gallery, Room 120 1190 Franklin Boulevard.
July 2014 - February 2015 – Akureyi, Iceland
Land Fyrir Stafni: Land Ahoy, Schulte Collection is an exhibition of historical maps of Iceland recently donated to Akureyri municipality by Karl-Werner and Gisela Schulte from Germany. The exhibition includes unique original maps from 1547 to 1808. See how mapmakers of the world saw this small island and how scientific methods and technique develops. Exhibit can be seen in the Akureyri Museum.
November 19, 2014 - March 1, 2015 – Munich
The Nuremberg Chronicle, as it is commonly known, was first published by Hartmann Schedel in 1493, in a Latin and a German edition. Over 1,700 copies of this incunabulum have apparently survived. Although it only contains two maps, one of the world and one of Germany, its many town views among the 1,804 woodcut illustrations from 652 woodblocks make it a much sought-after map collectors’ item. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Schedel's death, the Bavarian State Library has mounted a special exhibition, Welten des Wissens - Die Bibliothek und Weltchronik des Nürnberger Arztes Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), around Schedel’s own annotated copy of the Chronicle, together with the major part of his personal library. This unique collection of books and prints was sold in 1552 by Schedel’s grandson to Johann Jakob Fugger for 500 Florins, who in turn sold it to Bavarian Duke Albrecht V, by whom it was integrated into what later became the Bavarian State Library, Ludwigstrasse 16.
January 23, 2015 – March 21, 2015 – London
Maps Of Persia 1477 – 1925, a graphical journey through the history of Iran, is an exhibition presenting a selection of maps, urban plans, topographic maps, and sea charts; taken from the 'Dr Cyrus Ala'i's Map Collection of Persia' of over 250 maps that was gifted to the Centre for Iranian Studies SOAS, University of London in 2013. The collection includes important printed general maps of Persia and more specialist items from the early editions of Ptolemy, at the end of the 15th century, up until the end of the Qajar dynasty in 1925. Exhibit can be seen at Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square.
November 21, 2014 – March 22, 2015 – Wetzlar,
The exhibition Augenscheine - Karten und Pläne vor Gericht [Legal inspection plans – maps and plans at court] can be seen at Reichskammergerichtsmuseum, Hofstatt 19.
December 12, 2014 - March 29, 2015 – Kochi (Cochin),
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale unveiled a unique collection of museum-quality maps of India from 16th to 19th centuries. The exhibition is first of its kind in India, which is held in association with Hyderabad-based Kalakriti Archives, an art-promoting organisation. Kochi, which is now the centre stage of art explorers, is hosting 108-day-long Kochi Biennale Foundation. The exhibition of maps is aimed to bring out the show that features a total of 47 maps spanning across four centuries, which are arranged under three categories: Jain cosmic, pilgrimage and cartographic. Titled Cosmology to Cartography, the exhibition at Heritage Arts in suburban Mattancherry showcases both early maps that are produced with vegetable dye on cotton, woodcuts, copper engravings with colour or watercolour and ink on paper. The India maps have been collected by Kalakriti founder Prashant Lahoti over a decade ago. Out of the 47 maps on display from a collection of 3,000 maps, the exhibition shows some very rare depictions which includes an early 18th-century Japanese map, which shows India as the centre of the world because it is the home of Buddhism, a pilgrimage map with Persian translations, a mid-18th century one produced from early Portuguese manuscripts that shows the southern peninsular facing upwards, the first Dutch map of the subcontinent and the Middle East, and the first map of India as a single entity, made in 1822, for the directors of the English East India Company. The exhibition also has political maps made by the Portuguese, Dutch, French and English that were created to consolidate their power in the Indian sub-continent.
February 3, 2015 – March 31, 2015 – Düsseldorf
When there is a high incidence of infectious disease with hundreds or thousands of patients, the cause must be determined as quickly as possible in order to quickly apply appropriate measures to prevent further spread of the disease. Maps were and are a central tool for the investigation and informing the public, because they show at a glance how many people are ill and the ways in which the disease propagates in space. In addition, they are also the starting point for further questions: Why is there only a certain area or a particular stretch of road affected when the outbreak first started? Den Seuchen auf der Spur – 200 Jahre Infektionskrankheiten im Kartenbild [The epidemics on the track - 200 years of infectious diseases in the map image] can be seen at Akademie für öffentliches Gesundheitswesen, Kanzlerstr. 4.
March 1-31, 2015 - Chatsworth, Georgia
The Chief Vann House Historic Site in Spring Place will feature another special display this month. This time the subject is maps. Over the years the site has accumulated a variety of maps, and they have been displayed at different times, but it’s been a while. Since there is not an appropriate permanent display area, the maps will be out for public viewing in both the Robert E. Chambers Visitor Center as well as in the Vann House itself for the next few weeks. Among the maps on display are originals and historic reproductions of maps going all the way back to the days of Spanish occupation and French claims to what is now Georgia from the 1500s up through the early 18th century. Other maps on display are a 1776 image titled a “General Map of the Southern British Colonies” which includes North and South Carolina along with east and west Florida as well as Georgia. A highlight is a 1795 Georgia map which shows “Vann’s Town” here before the current house was even built. Rounding out the display are maps of the Cherokee Nation — East and West — from the 1800s.
January 15, 2015 - April 4, 2015 – Chicago
What is love? According to Chicago’s Newberry Library, that was the question Googled most frequently in 2014. At the Newberry, 60 W. Walton Street, a new Love on Paper exhibit shows love indeed does come in all shapes and sizes, spanning the centuries and the globe — especially when it’s expressed on paper. Displaying the likes of heart-shaped maps from the early days of printed cartography, elaborately constructed Valentine’s Day cards, and even 13th-century missives from Dante swooning over his Beatrice, Love on Paper features an eclectic array of items ranging from proclamations and pictures to cynical put-downs and comical send-ups of love.
November 14, 2014 – April 19, 2015 – London
Just weeks after the long-anticipated discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships the British Library, 96 Euston Road, looks back on almost 400 years of a fascination with the fabled Northwest Passage. From Charles II’s lavish personal atlas to 19th century woodcut illustrations and wooden maps crafted by Inuit communities, the exhibition features material from Europe, Canada and the Arctic, much of it on display for the first time, giving us incredible insights in to the mysterious area which has lured explorers like Franklin to their deaths. The exhibition, Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage, curated by British Library curators Philip Hatfield and Tom Harper, focuses on three of the most eminent Arctic explorers to seek the Northwest Passage: Martin Frobisher, who discovered what we now describe as ‘fool’s gold’; Sir John Franklin, possibly the most famous British Arctic explorer; and Roald Amundsen, the first man to the South Pole and a member of the first crew to fly across the Arctic.
October 20, 2014 - April 30, 2015 – Honolulu
An exhibit showcasing the restoration efforts of thousands of maps and photographs damaged in a devastating flood nearly 10 years ago will be on display at Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2550 McCarthy mall. In October 2004, roughly 10 inches of rain fell in a 12-hour period causing the banks of the Mānoa stream to overflow and send a two-foot wall of water through the campus. Hamilton Library and the Biomedical Science building were hit the hardest with the water mark in the library basement reported at six feet off the ground. Approximately 350,000 aerial pictures and rare maps were damaged and destroyed in the flood, some of which dated back 400 years. With the help of Belfor USA, a company specializing in disaster recovery, they have managed to restore 57,000 maps and around 76,000 aerial photos. The title of the exhibit, Finding the Silver Lining of the Mānoa Flood will be in two parts – one showing the process of the restoration, which will be held in the Bridge Gallery, and another showing the rare maps and photographs that were saved, which will be in the Moir Reading Room.
March 11, 2015 - April 2015 - New Delhi
Rare archival documents and original maps, including a 1912 colour-coded one of Delhi depicting land acquisition proposals for creation of the new imperial capital will be on display at the National Archives, located at the at the intersection of Janpath and Rajpath. Treasure of National Archives will offer visitors a glimpse into the rare records and images that have been drawn from oriental, public, pre and post-Independence, and cartographic records. And with the Land Acquisition Bill hogging headlines, the map titled 'Delhi & Vicinity' and printed in multiple hues, displays the regions acquired under the Land Acquisition Act 1894 for planing the new capital city, the cantonment, civil lines, development and firm areas.
March 7, 2015 - May 3, 2015 - Sharon, Connecticut
Mapping Sharon honors the continuing celebration of the 275th anniversary of the founding of Sharon in 1739, and the approaching 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Hotchkiss Library, 10 Upper Main St. This small exhibition brings together for the first time two historic Richard Clark Maps of 1853 and 1859, eighteen signed photographs taken by well-known Philadelphia photographer Charles Rodman Pancoast (1856 -1931) in 1893/4, and the Library’s collections of rare and current books on Sharon and Connecticut history. Richard Clark and the Maps of Connecticut: Printed on lithographic stone and then hand colored, the maps of Sharon of 1853 (37” x 43”) and the map of Litchfield County of 1859 (62” x 53”) represent the height of map making in the United States represented here by the Philadelphia map publisher Richard Clark. Although recognized throughout the United States at mid-nineteenth century, Clark and his technical and artistic team were known for their work in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Clark also produced in 1859, a large map of Connecticut 73” x 57,” which was designed by the cartographer of the Litchfield County map, G. M. Hopkins and Co. A copy of this 1859 Connecticut map is in the collection at the University of Connecticut.
December 10, 2014 - May 10, 2015 – Edinburgh
Treachery, power struggles, royal in-fighting and religious wrangling are all reflected in Game of Crowns: The 1715 Jacobite rising - the winter exhibition at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. The exhibition tells the story of the 1715 Jacobite rising as the 300th anniversary approaches. Using contemporary records, books, maps, portraits and songs, it explains this turbulent period of British history. Some of the items in the exhibition, Game of Crowns, are rarely seen, and have been loaned by the Queen’s own Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, as well as the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and two of the city’s other attractions, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
March 4, 2015 - May 10, 2015 – Wusterhausen/Dosse,
Das blaus Band im Kartenbild can be seen at Wegemuseum, Am Markt 3. In the summer of 1631, Swedish engineer Olof Hansson Svart stayed in a camp on the Elbe. He was a member of the General Staff of the Swedish king Gustav Adolf during the Thirty Years' War. He was the first to produce maps of the Brandenburg region. Over the years, much has changed in the mapping of this region. This exhibition shows how the mapping the landscape of the river Elbe, Havel and Dosse has changed over the centuries.
February 6, 2015 – May 17, 2015 - Rostock, Germany
The Rostock Cultural History Museum is located in the historic Convent of the Holy Cross, Rostock’s Cistercian nunnery founded in 1270. The current exhibition Prächtig Vermessen. Mecklenburg auf Karten 1600 bis 1800 [Superb Surveying. Mecklenburg on Maps 1600-1800] attempts to trace the development of the representation of Mecklenburg on printed and manuscript maps in the period between the mid-sixteenth to the late eighteenth century. Included are works of the cartographers Gerardus Mercator, Willem Blaeu and Johannes Janssonius and other German, Dutch, French and Italian maps of the 17th and 18th centuries. See the web page for a list of lectures, talks, and guided tours relating to the exhibition.
September 20, 2014 – May 31, 2015 - Chartres, France
Les Cartes et le territoire - L‘invention de l’Eure-et-Loir invites the visitor to discover a series of maps from the 16th century to the present day, encompassing the territory of the Eure-et-Loir department the capital of which is Chartres. These maps convey a multitude of historical details concerning past administrative structures, the evolution of the natural and the man-made environment, and bring forward perceptions of territorial features of the time of their production. One part of the exhibition addresses, with interactive devices, the wider cartographic spectrum of images of the world, presenting principles of cosmography, astronomy, geodesy and techniques of map design and production. Each visitor receives a large (100 x 70 cm) map of the department, especially printed from the original copper plate of 1884. Exhibit can be seen at Les Archives départementales d'Eure-et-Loir, Esplanade Martial Taugourdeau, Pont de Mainvilliers, 28026 Chartres.
February 7, 2015 - May 31, 2015 - Greenwich, Connecticut
The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, unveils its latest exhibition, (Re)Discovering the “New World”: Maps and Sea Charts from the Age of Exploration, in the Museum’s Lecture Gallery. Featuring more than 30 European-made maps and sea charts inspired by New World exploration, and published between the years 1511 and 1757, the exhibition presents a study in geographic and human progress, as well as a feast for the eyes.
May 22-31, 2015 – York
The Yorkshire Museum holds a copy of William Smith’s (1769-1839) famous map of the geology of England and Wales. This was published in 1815, and pioneered the use of fossils to identify and trace layers of rock across large distances – a technique still used today. Smith has been known as ‘Strata’ ever since. He was the uncle of the Yorkshire Museum’s first keeper, John Phillips (1800-1874), and the map was registered in the collections in 1824. By this time Smith was living in Scarborough, and he and Phillips gave a series of lectures in the region, illustrated using this map. Yorkshire Museum is joining the nationwide bicentenary celebrations by conserving and displaying this map alongside its Yorkshire story for the first time.
May 1, 2015 - June 4, 2015 - Makati City, Philippines
The next exhibition organised by the Philippine Map Collectors Society can be seen at Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues. The First Philippine Republic and the United States: 1898-1907 commemorates the battle of Manila Bay and the Philippine-American Friendship Day. The exhibit shows maps, prints, photographs, and other collectibles.
February 25, 2015 - June 10, 2015 – Cambridge,
For much of human history the most efficient and least cumbersome way to cover long distances and transport goods was on water. Yet navigation—whether by canoe, galley, caravel, ketch, or schooner—was never without its hazards. Survival often depended upon detailed information gathered orally from seasoned mariners or from written instructions compiled from numerous logs of voyages into unfamiliar seas. By the late 16th century, the expansion of trade within Europe and the increasing pace of exploration abroad created an urgent need for reliable accounts and accurate surveys of new navigational routes. Beacons of the Water World: The Evolution of the Sea Chart investigates the evolution of sea charts—from pilot books with a focus on European waters to multi-volume atlases ranging the great seas of the world. It surveys the major chartmakers of northern Europe, with attention to the development of a common symbolic language for depicting navigational hazards and aids. Exhibition can be seen in the Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library, Harvard University. For more information please call 617-495-2417.
April 10, 2015 - June 12, 2015 – Pittsburgh
For most of his 74 years, William McCullough Darlington practiced law, but his true love was American history. At his O’Hara estate, Guyasuta, he spent evenings in his study researching and writing. He died in 1889, and his 14,000-volume library is owned by the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Darlington’s fascination with discovery and exploration led him to collect atlases and rare maps that document voyages to the New World starting in the 1500s. Many of those maps will be on display in Hillman Library’s Special Collections Department, Room 363, 3960 Forbes Avenue. On exhibit are works by Gerhard Mercator; maps made in the 1700s and 1800s of the Ohio Country, which consisted of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. Two maps by Capt. John Smith will be on view, too, including a 1612 version of the New World. Also on view will be work by Abraham Ortelius. Exhibit is open to the public from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
February 27, 2015 - June 26, 2015 – Atlanta
In terms of human history, the global economy is not as old as many might assume, and a new exhibit at the Georgia Institute of Technology proves just how recent international trade and exploration really are. A Gathering of Continents features a vast collection of illustrative world maps compiled in the 1660s by the celebrated Dutch cartographer and publisher, Joan Blaeu. The Atlas Major, which sits on display at Georgia Tech’s Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, 500 10th Street NW, is regarded by academics as an extraordinary historical achievement that was instrumental in opening up trade between the Old and New Worlds. Exhibited maps include European views of Africa, the Americas and Asia, depicting important trade routes and ports. Detailed views of European cities and countries provide insight into a continent developing the geopolitical regions known today.
April 13, 2015 - June 28, 2015 – Denver
Mapping the 20th Century: Original Maps from the Denver Public Library can be seen 5th Floor Map Area, Western History/Genealogy Department, Gates Reading Room, Denver Public Library, 10 W Fourteenth Ave. The 20th century saw a revolution in maps used for public consumption. Maps became more visually arrestingbecause of better graphics,color, and creative presentations. This exhibit provides an overview of the natureand variety of maps of Colorado from 1900 onward, including cities, mountains, tourist destinations, and commercial publications. Of special interest are maps by the Clason Map Company, a Denver based cartography and printing enterprise.
October 19, 2014 - June 30, 2015 - St. Louis
To celebrate a major birthday — say, 50 or older — many hosts serve cake and display photos of the celebrant: baby photos, first steps, awkward adolescence, coming of age and major landmarks of adulthood. For St. Louis’ 250th birthday celebration, John Neal Hoover has done just that. At the Mercantile Library’s new exhibition, Hoover hung several century-old photos, older paintings and drawings, but mostly he tells the city history in maps. Hoover’s birthday gift to St. Louis is the Mercantile Library’s Mapping St. Louis History — An Exhibition of Historic Maps, Rare Books and Images Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis. Hoover is the executive director of the Mercantile Library, University of Missouri–St. Louis. The oldest map in the exhibition was made in 1655: the newest a NASA photo taken from a space satellite Dec. 13, 2013. The exhibit can be seen Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 8 p.m. Free docent tours are on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
February 10, 2015 - June 30, 2015 – Athens
The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies, 61 Souidias, is presenting an exhibition entitled Ottoman Athens, 1458-1833. The main concept is to explore the topography, archeology and history of Ottoman Athens showcasing travelers’ books, works of art, maps, and topographical renderings from the Gennadius collections as well as archaeological finds from the excavations of the Ancient Agora. Other museums and institutions have also contributed to the exhibition, such as the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, which made it possible to access the material digitally. Athens, as it was at the peak of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th and 17th century, is captured in a monumental painting by Jacques Carrey, which belongs to the Museum of the City of Athens.
March 30, 2015 – June 2015 – Denver
Pictorial Maps of the 20th Century: Popular geographic information presented for beauty and amusement can be seen at University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E Evans Ave. The 1920s ushered in a new style of cartography that almost caricatures traditional maps. Designed by modern commercial artists, these maps were designed for tourism, commercial advertising, or to illustrate the news and other themes. Known as Pictorial Maps, they integrated narrative, geography, and a sense of humor in a way that was both useful and visually striking. This exhibit, drawn from the private collection of Wesley Brown, follows the innovative style of pictorial mapping from the 1920 through the 1980s.
April 24, 2015 - July 17, 2015 – Antwerp
In the sixteenth century, Antwerp developed into an international commercial capital. The city’s appearance changed very quickly. Enormous population growth led to the rapid development of the city centre. One crucial change to the urban space was the construction of the Spanish fortifications from 1542. At the same time, the city was extended northwards in order to develop a new district and port area (the Nieuwstad or ‘New Town’) there. In 1567, a citadel was added to the fortifications, reconfiguring the cityscape once again. Prestigious public and religious buildings were also constructed in the city during the Golden Age. The exhibition Drawing the City at Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, follows the main construction drives and contributions to the city’s development through the use of maps and city plans. It considers the underlying functions and intended purposes of the maps: to glorify the city and draw attention to its special qualities. The map’s orientation can also reinforce the message the mapmaker wishes to convey. Two extraordinary city maps are compared: Antwerp by Vergilius Bononiensis (1565) and the oldest known hand-drawn city map (late 16th century).
November 13, 2014 – July 19, 2015 - Sint-Niklaas,
Lafreri - Italiaanse cartografie in de Renaissance [Lafreri - Italian cartography in the Renaissance] is the title of an exhibition at the Mercatormuseum, Zamanstraat 49. It features an atlas whose latest map is dated 1567. The atlas was restored in 1994, and is now on display.
January 16, 2015 - July 19, 2015 – Singapore
The National Library of Singapore, 100 Victoria St., presents Geo|Graphic: Celebrating Maps and Their Stories, a series of curated exhibitions and programs that will showcase how Singapore and the region around it have evolved over the past centuries, through hundreds of rare and original maps and creative art pieces. Visitors can explore the exhibition’s five levels and have a look at the history of Singapore and Southeast Asia from the explorer’s perspective. Geo|Graphic: Celebrating Maps and Their Stories is made up of four main exhibitions:
– Mind the Gap: Mapping the Other – Level 7, 8 and 9
– Land of Gold and Spices: Early Maps of Southeast Asia and Singapore – Level 10
– Island of Stories: Singapore Maps – Level 11
– Sea State & Seabook | An Art Project by Charles Lim – Level 11
The exhibition “Land of Gold and Spices” includes rare maps of the region from the National Library of Singapore and the British Library. On the other hand, “Mind the Gap” showcases the work of three contemporary artists (Michael Lee, Jeremy Sharma and Sherman Ong) who utilize different types of cultural and social data, as well as books and video installations, to create new and interesting connections.
July 1-31, 2015 - Freeport, New York
Old maps are a treasure trove of information that provide historians as well as laymen snapshots of a community’s physical and cultural features. This month the Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W Merrick Road, is sponsoring an exhibit History of Long Island through Maps which includes a collection of Freeport maps. Cynthia Krieg, village historian and president of the Historical Society, and Regina Feeney, reference librarian at the Freeport Library, are the curators of this exhibition. The maps come from the collections of the Freeport Memorial Library, the Freeport Historical Society and from the private collections of Krieg, Feeney and Brian Merlis. The earliest map on display is dated 1868.
October 2014 - August 2015 – Charlottesville
The Civil War’s impact on the culture, politics, and geography of Virginia cannot be overemphasized: battles ravaged the landscape, blockades and other political maneuvers transformed the economy, and profound regional tensions resulted in the creation of West Virginia. “Who shall tell the story?”: Voices of Civil War Virginia seeks to reveal how Virginia was changed by the war, focusing on the voices of those who experienced it. Maps, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, newspapers, songsheets, broadside advertisements, photographs, and physical artifacts drawn from across University of Virginia Library Special Collections rich holdings in the period reveal the lived experience of war. Exhibition can be seen in Main Floor, Main Exhibit Gallery, University of Virginia's Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture.
February 27, 2015 – August 13, 2015 – Boulder,
The Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library, University of Colorado, 2200 Colorado Avenue, is featuring a new exhibit, Expressions of Rocky Mountain National Park: A Centennial Celebration, featuring a selection of art, maps, and companion writings and objects showcasing the park’s natural wonders and 100-year history. The featured items range from early cartography, descriptive letters, photographs and area specimens to contemporary art, recreational maps and poems.
April 15, 2015 - August 14, 2015 – Madison
This exhibit Mapmaking: Sources from the Geography Library, Map Library, and Special Collections will help honor the path-breaking accomplishments of the History of Cartography Project. The Project will publish volume six, Cartography in the Twentieth Century, later this spring. Exhibit can be seen at Department of Special Collections, 976 Memorial Library, 728 State Street.
August 4-14, 2015 – Manila
Underlining the importance of maps in widening the world view of the Filipino youth and how maps show that the Philippines is a vital cog in world history, Putting the Philippines on the Map exhibit was opened at the DFA Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini. Presenting the collections of Philippine Map Collectors Society, the exhibit intends to raise awareness and appreciation of the reading of maps, especially antique maps. It also aims to trace the emergence of the representation of the Philippines in antique maps.
April 24, 2015 – August 16, 2015 – Antwerp
Ortelius is generally recognised as having created the first modern atlas, the “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum” (Theatre of the World), published in Antwerp in 1570. In his first edition of the “Theatrum,” he already refers to place names in antiquity, and this subsequently results in a separate publication in 1587, the “Thesaurus Geographicus.” And again in his “Parergon,” a collection of his historical maps that he had previously published in various editions of the “Theatrum,” he portrays ancient history, sacred and secular, and shows the extent of the Roman Empire in Europe. Abraham Ortelius under the spell of classical antiquity can be seen at Museum Rockoxhuis, Keizerstraat 12. This exhibition will include a range of these historical maps together with some printed works showing Ortelius’s reconstructions.
April 24, 2015 - August 16, 2015 – Antwerp
Maps of the world, from past to present, show us what we know about the world. World maps are reflections of a spirit of the times. In the Christian Middle Ages, Jerusalem was the centre of the world maps. The unknown parts of the world were populated with monsters and fairy-tale figures. Explorations later expanded horizons. Eastern and Western knowledge came together. Globes were created. Now, thanks to Google’s satellite maps, it seems like we know practically everything about the world. But is that true? The Museum Aan de Stroom, Hanzestedenplaats 1, new exhibit The World in a Mirror depicts the history of the Western view of the world using unique maps and globes. Each century saw more and more of the world being mapped out, and the way in which that world was presented different in each century too. A few contemporary artists add their own reflections of the world to this story.
July 3, 2015 – August 20, 2015 - Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines The Museo Maritimo (Maritime Museum ) of the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) will have an exhibit called Historical Truths and Lies: Scarborough Shoal in Ancient Maps at the Students Hall, 2nd floor, AIMS, AIMS MC Building, Roxas Blvd., cor A Arnaiz Ave. & FB Harrison St.
March 19, 2015 – August 23, 2015 – Washington
The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E Capitol Street SE, will be hosting an exhibit in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, entitled Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude.
August 24-28, 2015 – Bogotá
The Historical Archive Javeriano and Faculty of Social Sciences, in partnership with the Colombian Ocean Commission, present the exhibition Cartografía Antigua de Colombia; a view of colonial cartography from the 16th and 17th century. Exhibit cam be seen at Hall del auditorio Jaime Hoyos, S.J. y hall del edificio Manuel Briceño Jauregui, S.J. There will be a gallery talk in the auditorium on the opening day at 2 pm.
March 24, 2015 - August 30, 2015 - Taipei City
An exhibition on the life of Taiwan’s plains aborigines during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) is underway at National Taiwan Museum, No.2, Xiangyang Rd. Vivid Ancestor Paintings—A Plains Aborigines Exhibition features four historic maps produced under Qing emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, as well as artifacts like eating utensils and fishing gear, historic documents and multimedia demonstrations on tribal practices such as courtship and harvesting. The Kangxi Taiwan Map is one of the headline displays.
April 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015 - Grevenbroich, Germany
The increased incidence of infectious diseases makes it necessary to determine the cause as quickly as possible. Maps were and are a key tool for the investigation of disease and for informing the public, because they show at a glance how many people are ill and where the disease has spread. Moreover, maps are also the starting point for further questions: Why is only a certain area affected and where did the outbreak begin. Dedicated to this topic for the first time, an exhibition has been jointly organized by the Lower Saxony State Health Department, the German Society for Cartography and the Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage. Den Seuchen auf der Spur – 200 Jahre Infektionskrankheiten im Kartenbild [The plagues on the trail - 200 years of infectious diseases on the map] includes 25 pieces from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Eleven selected map examples are presented in detail in an accompanying brochure and explained. Exhibition can be been at Gesundheitsamt des Rhein-Kreises Neuss, Auf der Schanze 1.
July 30, 2015 - August 31, 2015 - Rio de Janeiro
Historica Cartographica Brasilis can be seen at National Library of Rio de Janeiro, Avenida Rio Branco 219, Centro. The exhibition tells the history of cartography in the West, with special focus on the development of representations of Brazil. The story is told Brazil's borders since its inception, contoured inaccurate for the first representation of "Terrae sancta Crucis" by the Dutch explorer Johannes Ruysch (1508), until the consolidation of the country's borders, in the twentieth century.
October 26, 2014 - August 2015 - Buffalo, New York
Trace a path through Buffalo’s history with newly restored maps on display at the at the Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. You Are Here: Buffalo on the Map can be seen in the Grosvenor Rare Book Display Room. The exhibit includes seven original – but newly restored and conserved – maps plus an additional 18 maps of the city, mostly from the 19th century. Among them, our infamous red-light district map from 1893, "Mann’s Map of the Buffalo Harbor, and Map of Buffalo Village," 1805, made under the direction of the Young Men’s Association's special committee on local history. Facsimiles of maps of the Olmsted parks system, the church district maps, pictorial maps, Sanborn maps and the harbor are also part of the display. Come see Buffalo’s landscape as it develops from an early 19th century pioneer settlement into a flourishing center of commerce and industry.
July 30, 2015 – August 2015 - Rio de Janeiro
The Navy Museum, Rua Dom Manuel, 15, Centro, has an exhibition The city of Rio de Janeiro on Nautical Charts.
February 26, 2015 – September 6, 2015 –
Mapping Brooklyn, a new exhibition featuring contemporary art works that use mapping and cartography as themes alongside actual historic maps, is collaboratively presented at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street (exhibit is only until May 3, 2015 at this site), and Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street. The historic maps will be drawn from Brooklyn Historical Society’s collection, one of the richest collections of maps of Brooklyn in the world. Included are fire insurance maps, transportation maps, demographic maps and nautical charts, among others. A colorful pictorial road map to the 1939 New York World’s Fair, a commercial edition of a Red Scare-era map depicting enclaves of suspected radical activity and a detailed map of one of Brooklyn’s earliest botanic gardens, showing plots of exotic plants and fruits, are among the dozen or so maps and atlases on display.
March 27, 2015 - September 7, 2015 – Anchorage
When James Cook set out from Plymouth, England, on July 11, 1776, he was probably the most famous sailor in the world. He had already commanded two epochal expeditions that mapped the South Pacific, surveying Australia, New Zealand and the coast of Antarctica. In search of a northern shipping route between the Atlantic Ocean and Great South Sea, now known as the Pacific, Cook sailed past the Kenai Peninsula and came to a dead end. He stood on the deck of his ship peering at the horizon with his sextant to ascertain his latitude -- 61 degrees north. He consulted his elegant marine timepiece and deduced that he was nearly halfway around the world from Greenwich, England. He raised his telescope to his eye and glassed the land to the east, the first European to look at the place where Anchorage would someday rise above the mudflats. Then he went to his cabin and, quill in hand, made notes of what he had seen in his journal. Cook carefully charted more than 2,000 miles of Alaska coastline, from southeast to the Aleutians and northward past the Arctic Circle. Major features that he literally put on the map include Norton Sound, Bristol Bay and Cook Inlet. For the next several months, the sextant, the telescope, journal, maps, historic items and interactive displays are back in Alaska as part of Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook And The Northwest Passage at the Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. The exhibit will next travel to The Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma where it will be on display Oct. 16, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016.
May 11, 2015 - September 12, 2015 – Nashville
A free exhibit showcasing some of the maps available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is open in the lobby of TSLA's building in downtown Nashville at 403 Seventh Avenue North. The lobby exhibit includes oversized replicas of maps on display boards, actual maps in display cases and an interactive touchscreen kiosk that allows patrons to explore Civil War sites mapped using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. The exhibit is available for public viewing during TSLA's normal operating hours, which are from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
June 17, 2015 – September 13, 2015 – Antwerp
From the fifteenth century onwards explorers sailed the Seven Seas in search of new lands. Europeans swarmed across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. These new continents, and the way to them, were carefully charted. The Seven Seas is an exhibition at the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, Hendrik Conscienceplein 4. Featured are maritime atlases from Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer, Le Neptune François, and two globes by Willem Janszoon Blaeu.
May 23, 2015 - September 19, 2015 - Dudley, West Midlands
A groundbreaking 200-year-old map which changed the way geology was recorded has gone on display at Dudley Museum, located on St James's Road. The exhibition, entitled William Smith: Colours beneath your feet, tells the tale of the map and the story of the man who created it. William Smith was born in Churchill, Oxfordshire, in 1769, and it was his passion for geology which led to him creating a map which would have commercial use for engineers, farmers, foresters, builders and miners. He created 410 copies in a variety of formats, including sheet maps, a mounted canvas version and a traveling version – which is on display at Dudley Museum.
June 2, 2015 – October 2, 2014 – Antwerp
Antwerp's city archives FelixArchief, Oudeleeuwenrui 29, is hosting the mini-exhibition Pearls of Surveying. Visitors can take a close look at some of the magnificent manuscript topographic survey maps which are preserved in the city archives and the public social welfare centre.
April 4, 2015 - October 4, 2015 - St. Augustine, Florida
An exhibition at the Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive, – Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America is a signature St. Augustine 450th Commemoration exhibition that shares the story of how three intertwining cultures – Hispanics, Africans and Native Americans – came together to form the foundation of the American culture and create the blended society of today’s St. Augustine. The exhibition debuts during St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary year. A few of those documents on display include Menéndez’s 1565 contract with King Philip II of Spain, names of first settlers in St. Augustine and the Hernando de Mestas 1595 map of St. Augustine.
October 2-4, 2015 – Paris
An exhibition organized on the occasion of the 26th International Festival of Geography in Saint-Die-des-Vosges titled Territoires de l'maginaire will be on display at bibliothèque interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne. Various maps depicting imaginary lands will be on display such as map showing Utopia by Thomas More and Abraham Ortelius' map of the Atlantic which shows many mythical islands.
August 11, 2015 - October 11, 2015 - New Delhi, India
The National Museum, New Delhi's exhibition Cosmology to Cartography / A Cultural Journey of Indian Maps takes one on an epic journey from mythological visions of the universe, pilgrimage and religious depictions, to the accurate scientific representation of modern India. It showcases monumental original paintings of religious symbolism from the 15th to 19th centuries juxtaposed with some earliest historical maps of India. The exhibition continues with the first vaguely accurate maps of India done in the wake of Vasco da Gama’s arrival in 1498, documents the evolution of map making as part of the military contestation for supremacy by various European powers and ultimately the cartographic consolidation of India through the map of the British Raj. The final stage in the exhibition features unique images that bear witness to the birth of the modern Indian city.
March 21, 2015 – October 12, 2015 – Washington
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is forming a new museum complex opening March 21 on GW's Foggy Bottom campus at 701 21st Street, NW. Dedicated to art, history, and culture, the custom-built museum will display The Textile Museum’s highly regarded collections of more than 19,000 non-Western textiles and carpets, and pieces owned by the university, including the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection of 1,000 artifacts documenting the history of Washington, D.C. The first exhibition, Seat of Empire: Planning Washington, 1790–1801, will feature items from the Albert Small Collection. Washington, D.C. was the result of political compromise and artistic imagination. In 1792, George Washington charged French-born architect Pierre “Peter” Charles L’Enfant with a momentous task: to envision the capital of a new nation from a swath of private properties and plantations at the confluence of two rivers. Seat of Empire: Planning Washington, 1790–1801 will present historical maps and related images that tell the story of this early experiment in urban design that shaped the landscape of our nation’s capital. Admission is free for museum members, children and current GW students, faculty and staff. A suggested donation of $8 for non-members will support the museum’s exhibitions, collections and educational programs. The museum is open Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10 am -5 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm.
March 26, 2015 - October 22, 2015 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine, now has an exhibition about Women in Cartography. This exhibition recognizes and celebrates the long overlooked role of women in cartography.
February 2, 2015 - October 25, 2015 – Boston
The exhibition Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction can be seen at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street. The exhibition, curated by Stephanie Cyr and Lauren Chen, examines the many types of maps that accompany works of fiction and features items from the 16th century to the present day. In this exhibition of 40 items, visitors will discover maps from a variety of fictional genres, learn how authors create imaginary worlds, and appreciate why descriptive geography is essential to a story. People and creatures, even those who exist only in tales, are related to place, and maps of their imaginary worlds allow readers to be transported into the geography of fantasy. Maps of imaginary places have accompanied literature for centuries, as visualizing the fanciful worlds described in works of fiction sets the stage for events taking place in a story and often provides insight into the characters themselves. The exhibition examines maps from geographical fiction, which often combine elements from the natural and cultural world. Maps from stories which take place in the “real” world, like the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, are included, along with those from works of action and adventure. In addition, the visitor will encounter maps of locations to which characters travel in works of fantasy, such as Neverland from Peter Pan and the Lands Beyond from The Phantom Tollbooth.
July 13, 2015 - October 31, 2015 – Nicosia
The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation presents at its premises in the old town of Nicosia (86-90 Phaneromenis Str.) a new exhibition entitled, A journey to the Mediterranean islands. From the Maps Collection of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. The exhibition features a representative selection of maps of Cyprus together with other Greek islands, as well as with various islands of the Mediterranean, reproduced on a larger scale. These maps date from the 16th to the 19th century. A small explicit catalogue accompanies the exhibition and it is available for free. Visiting hours: daily 10:00 – 19:00.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
September 13, 2015 - December 6, 2015 - Lemgo,
Weltvermesser – Das Goldene Zeitalter der Kartographie [World surveyor - The Golden Age Cartography] provides an overview of European cartography of the 16th to the 18th century. The focus is on the development of the modern world-view, which developed in the light of new geographical discoveries and astronomical knowledge. On display are maps, atlases and globes, and tools used for land surveying, astronomy and map-making. Many pieces are borrowed from the Berlin State Library. There is an accompanying richly illustrated catalog. The exhibition can be seen at the Weserrenaissance-Museum Schloß Brake, Schloßstraße 18.
October 16, 2015 - 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.
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.
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.
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.