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October 7, 2016 - January 7, 2017 - Tervuren, Belgium
Stanislas De Peuter curated an exhibition in De Warandepoort, Vlonderse Hoek 6A. The exhibition features 60 maps by Flemish-Dutch cartographers in the period 1500-1700. Maps include: portraits, frontispieces, 17 provinces, two Leo Belgicus, coats of arms, cities, regions (duchies and counties), earliest local maritime maps, many views of revolt and 80-year war (1568-1648) and Flemish 17th century abbeys. A 68 page catalog, in Dutch, will be available. Additional information from Stanislas De Peuter (stanislas.depeuter(at)gmail.com).
November 5, 2016 - January 14, 2017 - Carrickfergus, Ulster
The story of a County Antrim-born soldier who ended his days serving as the 18th Century governor of the Spanish island of Minorca is to be outlined – in ‘graphic detail’ – thanks to a unique atlas. Richard Kane, who was born in Dunane (now Rathcoole) in December 1662, grew up in Carrickfergus, where his father and uncle were joint sheriffs of the town. Richard enlisted in the army of William of Orange, playing an important role in the Williamite Wars, including the Siege of Londonderry in 1688. Service around the globe followed and while on route to Minorca in 1712 to become Lieutenant-Governor of the then British-ruled island of Minorca he was received at the Palace of Versailles, by Louis XIV. He gave Kane a beautifully detailed atlas ‘of the Terrestrial and Aquatic Globe’ as a gift. The exhibition, Mapping The World: Exploring the importance of Richard Kane and his Atlas, can be seen at Carrickfergus Museum, 11 Antrim Street. As Kane’s atlas was created by famous cartographer Nicolas Sanson for the French monarch, the exhibition allows the opportunity to explore cartography by making extensive use of antique maps of Carrickfergus, starting with the oldest map of anywhere in Ulster, Kragfargvs Towne, 1560, right through to the first ordnance survey map of 1832.
September 15, 2016 - January 15, 2017 - Arlington, Texas
An exhibit of more than eighty original eighteenth-century maps, Enlightenment Cartographers and the Southwestern Borderlands, will be on display in Special Collections, University of Texas Arlington, 702 Planetarium Place. Highlights include maps by the Delisle family, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville, Robert de Vaugondy, Thomas López y Vargas Machuca, Herman Moll, Emanuel Bowen, Thomas Jefferys, and Aaron Arrowsmith, as well as a rare 1756 French copy of John Mitchell’s 1755 map of North America. Maps depicting the Southwest by lesser-known Dutch, German, Austrian, and Italian mapmakers round out the selection.
October 4, 2016 - January 15, 2017 – Utrecht
Exactly 400 years ago, Dutchman Dirk Hartog landed his ship De Eendracht on the West coast of Australia and became the first European known to set foot on Western Australian soil. To commemorate this historic event, the AAMU Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art, Oudegracht 176, in collaboration with the Australian Embassy in the Netherlands, will present a unique exhibition entitled Mapping Australia: Country to Cartography. This exhibition will bring together different worlds, eras and viewpoints – the way European explorers mapped Australia, and the paintings of Australian Indigenous artists of this continent, which map the land and depict the deep connection of the Aboriginal population with it.
June 17, 2016 - January 22, 2017 – Ghent
The Province of East Flanders stages an exhibition called The Birth of Capitalism, The Golden Age of the Southern Netherlands at the Caermersklooster, Vrouwebroersstraat 6. Masterpieces and unknown gems will accompany the visitor on a journey through the fascinating Middle Ages and bring the past back to life in a stunning setting. Together, they tell a story about our cultural history. A story which sheds light on the rich past of what is now called Flanders. Included in the exhibition are Ptolemy's 1486 atlas, world map from La Mer des Histoires, Visscher's Leo Belgicus and Leo Hollandicus, Plancius' 1590 globe, and Vrients' 1610 panorama of Antwerp.
October 2016 - January 2017 - Fort Kent, Maine
Ever since the first humans ventured out, they needed a way to record the route from point A to point B. Over the millennia, the evolution of mapping has taken us from stone carvings to detailed pen-and-ink drawings to those impossible-to-fold service station road maps to the current satellite imagery available on any smartphone. Now a display at the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent takes a detailed look at three centuries of map making depicting North America. Ancient Maps of the New World is part of the private collection of Franciscan priest Jacques LaPointe, originally from Van Buren, according to Lise Pelletier, director of the archives. The 39 maps on display at the Acadian Archives represent decades of LaPointe’s research and collecting.
March 5, 2016 – January 29, 2017 - Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg will display the exhibition We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence in the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation Gallery and the Jan Curtis and Frank J. Spayth Gallery, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. This pivotal moment sparked American opposition to Britain’s restrictive colonial policies, particularly taxation without representation, which was established to help pay for troops stationed in the colonies during the French and Indian War (1756-1763). Protesters in Boston hung one of the tax collectors in effigy on an elm tree near the Boston Common. The tree became known as the Liberty Tree, and the loose organization of protesters were known as the Sons of Liberty. This early opposition throughout the colonies to British imperial control set the stage for growing opposition to British rule during the next ten years, resulting in the American Revolutionary War. Employing geographic and cartographic perspectives, the exhibition will tell the story of how thirteen separate colonies found a common cause, fought a bloody war for independence, and finally came together as a new, united nation. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 60 maps supplemented by 40 related graphic documents, paintings, and three dimensional objects documenting British North America’s volatile and rapidly changing political and economic landscape during the last half of the 18th century. The exhibit moves to the New York Historical Society in 2017.
September 14, 2016 - February 11, 2017 - Chambéry,
Agrandir le monde. Cartes géographiques & livres de voyage (XVe-XVIIIe siècle) can be seen at médiathèque Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
September 3, 2016 – February 26, 2017 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere. William Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and histories were situated in a number of locations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. These plays spanned the centuries, from classical times to the Renaissance. In this exhibition of forty maps, images and three-dimensional objects, visitors will learn about Britain in the time of Shakespeare, discover centuries-old maps illustrating where the plays were set, and understand the symbolic role that geography held to the dramas. Kronborg Castle in Denmark, known as Elsinore in Hamlet, will be highlighted in the exhibition. A 1629 Dutch map depicting the Danish Kingdom, along with a vignette illustrating “Elsenor,” will be on display. Complementing this map will be an original print of “Cronenburg” from Samuel von Pufendorf’s 1696 historical atlas.
November 15, 2016 - February 26, 2017 – Paris
Ocean Explorers From Sindbad to Marco Polo is an exhibition at Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the MuCEM, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseilles. Guided by the legendary Sindbad the Sailor, the geographer al-Idrīsī, the explorer Ibn Baṭṭūṭah, and many others, set sail—with the Arabs, the masters of the seas, and the great European sailors who sailed on their maritime routes—on a wonderful voyage of discovery extending from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. From the beginning of Islam to the dawn of the seventeenth century, it is a maritime adventure that visitors can see and experience in an exceptional immersive itinerary that combines sound effects, images, and optical devices. Sailors had to learn to master the sea before setting sail. In a relaxed atmosphere, under the guidance of the sailor and cartographer Ibn Majid (1432–1500), visitors will learn about the art of sailing, see wonderful navigation instruments, and discover the development of vessels, in a journey of discovery complemented by many models. Thanks to the development of cartography, sailors were able to better master the seas, as attested by the author of a famous map of the world: the geographer al-Idrīsī (circa 1100–1165), against a backdrop of medieval Latin and Arab cosmographies, maps and portolanos, world maps, and other astronomical treatises, and beneath a didactic and interactive sky. The exhibition moves to the MuCEM, in Marseille, between 7 June and 9 October 2017.
January 19, 2017 – February 28, 2017 – Milan
Visual geography. Imago Italiae can be seen at Biblioteca Sormani, Corso di Porta Vittoria, 6. The geo-pictorial maps of the Agostini family are displayed on the Monumental staircase of the Grechetto room. Admission free. Closed Sundays and holidays. Additional information at telephone 02 884 63372, or C.salagrechetto(at)comune.milano.it.
October 16, 2015 – March 2017 – Wellington
A new exhibition showcasing the history of maps in New Zealand can be seen at the National Library. It tells the story of this country’s maps – from the surprisingly accurate charts of Captain Cook’s 18th Century voyages to the GPS technology used today. The exhibition, Unfolding the Map is a collaboration between the National Library, Land Information New Zealand, Eagle Technology and Archives New Zealand. The maps and charts on display highlight the variety and richness of resources held by New Zealand libraries and explain the concepts of cartography. They are supplemented by a selection of tools used by map-makers. A hand-coloured, annotated map of Gallipoli is featured in the exhibition. The map was issued to the commanding officer of the New Zealand and Australian Division and taken ashore by Major General Alexander Godley on 25 April 1915. Its lack of detail, however, made it little use in the campaign. Other treasures include the first map of New Zealand drawn by Māori, whimsical tourism maps from the 1920s and a 1938 trampers’ map of the Tararua ranges.
June 2, 2016 – March 2017 - Telluride, Colorado
Treasure Maps: Cartography of the American Southwest can be seen in Weatherford Gallery, Telluride Historical Museum, 201 W. Gregory Ave. For centuries, nations from around the world coveted the treasures of the American Southwest. Expeditions and cartographers were sent to find and map legendary lakes of gold, trade routes, settlements, and eventually mining claims. Through a series of rare historic maps dating from as far back as the 16th century, the Telluride Historical Museum’s new exhibit highlights the mapmakers who charted this region and the riches, real and imagined, that it contained.
March 2017 - Menasha, Wisconsin
The Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 First Street, will exhibit maps from the collection of local historian Tom Sutter. Wisconsin Maps thru the Years is featured on the library’s art wall during March. The one-of-a-kind collection illustrates the history and geography of Wisconsin with 14 Wisconsin maps dating from 1703 to 1989. The 1703 map was drawn by a French man, Baron Lahontan, who explored this part of New France in 1688. The 1989 map shows the vegetation cover of the state. In between those two are early maps depicting the Northwest Territory—the lands north and west of the Ohio River, out of which would be carved the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and finally, Wisconsin.
November 4, 2016 - March 1, 2017 – London
Have you ever tried disappearing off the map? It’s harder than you think to be invisible nowadays. That’s because 100 years of mapping technology – from the original sketch of today’s London Underground to the satellite imagery of the 1990s – has monitored and shaped the society we live in. Two World Wars. The moon landings. The digital revolution. The exhibition Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line looks at the important role maps played during the 20th century. It sheds new light on familiar events and spans conflicts, creativity, the ocean floor and even outer space. It includes exhibits ranging from the first map of the Hundred Acre Wood to secret spy maps, via the New York Subway. And, as technology advances further than we ever imagined possible, it questions what it really means to have your every move mapped. Exhibition can be seen at the PACCAR Gallery, British Library, 96 Euston Road.
September 24, 2016 – March 11, 2017 - Abilene,
Explore the history of Texas as a unique blend of Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American traditions through Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy exhibitions at The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. Trace Spanish exploration and colonization (1527-1690) of Texas through early maps, art and artifacts on loan from prestigious museums and collections from across the state. The Bryan Museum in Galveston loaned a number of pieces to the Spanish Texas exhibit, including maps of the area, some by the Spanish, others by the French.
September 29, 2016 – March 11, 2017 - Portland, Maine
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, will have an exhibition The Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities.
January 22, 2017 - March 29, 2017 - Fullerton,
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, many believed California was a remote island with plenty of gold, free-loving amazons and strange beasts. A new exhibit at California State University Fullerton's Pollak Library features a selection of maps from the Roy V. Boswell Collection for the History of Cartography, one of the University's special collections. The exhibit, California As an Island and Worlds That Never Were, will be on display in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery, Pollak Library, 800 North State College Blvd.
July 22, 2016 - April 2, 2017 – Edinburgh
How much do we really know about maps? You are here! is a National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, exhibition that challenges our acceptance of maps. It poses questions about how they are made and how we understand them. Drawn from our collection of more than two million maps and atlases, each map in the exhibition shows the answer to some or all of those questions. The maps on display zoom out from the Library itself to the whole world in the shape of the Blaeu Atlas — 'the most beautiful atlas ever made'. They also include one of the finest plans of Edinburgh and the first map of Scotland, as well as more utilitarian railway, fishing and schoolroom maps. Together they demonstrate the versatility and beauty of maps and the skill of the cartographers who created them.
February 15, 2017 – April 13, 2017 - New York
300+years of Lithuania on Maps, 1552-1862 features about 20 maps of historic Lithuania from the collection of Andrew Kapochunas. Exhibition can be seen Monday 9.00 am - 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm; Tuesday - Thursday 9.00 am - 12.00 pm by appointment only at the Consulate General of Lithuania, 420 5th Ave #304. Phone (212) 354-7840 or email kons.niujorkas(at)urm.lt for appointment.
December 14, 2016 – April 19, 2017 – Cambridge,
Where Disaster Strikes: Modern Space and the Visualization of Destruction is the new exhibition which can be seen in Map Gallery, Pusey Hall, Harvard University. Fires, volcanoes, floods, bombs, droughts, (and monsters). We can easily understand their effect on the built and natural landscape because they happen so suddenly. The Harvard Map Collection invites you to see 350 years of maps that visualize the sudden devastation of disaster, from the London Fire of 1666 through the bombing of Hiroshima to the cities we see destroyed in our movies. Through these maps, we can see how our modern spaces define what counts as disaster and how disasters continue to shape the spaces around us.
November 9, 2016 - April 23, 2017 -New York
If you love maps and urban development, the exhibit Mastering the Metropolis New York and Zoning, 1916-2016 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., is the place for you. Zoning is the primary tool of development for New York City and much of the built environment – the nature of neighborhoods and the shape of buildings are often dictated by the demands of the zoning code. As we previously detailed, the history of zoning is clearly visible in how the New York City skyline evolved. Timed with the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Zoning Resolution, the country’s first comprehensive zoning ordinance, the exhibit shows how the zoning code is structured, how it impacts a building’s height, width, even shape. It shows how zoning organizes the different usage of land, and how that has changed over time. One of the many maps in the exhibit, created by the Merchants’ Association of New York in 1922 utilizing 1919 Census data shows the diversity of manufacturing industries in New York City at turn of the Roaring ’20s.
March 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017 - Birmingham, Alabama
The Birmingham Public Library’s downtown location has a new exhibit that will whet the appetites of Alabama history buffs and map lovers. Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps can be seen in the Fourth Floor Gallery of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place. Timed to coincide with Alabama’s upcoming bicentennial, this exhibit tells the history of our state by introducing patrons to maps that depict the state’s development from the earliest days of exploration through the present day. Funded partly by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the exhibit explores 450 years of Alabama history. It includes over 50 maps that have been carefully selected from the library’s world class cartography collection.
February 9, 2017 - May 19, 2017 –
Globalization is no recent phenomenon. People, ideas, and objects have always been on the move, encountering and changing one another as a result. Expanding Earth / Travel, Encounter, and Exchange presents some of the textual and material residues of these encounters and travels, characteristic of past as well as present human activity and curiosity. Focusing on the years 1400 to 1800, the exhibit examines and looks beyond familiar Eurocentric ideas of exploration, conquest, and "discovery." Using manuscripts, printed books, drawings, maps, and artifacts, Expanding Earth highlights the movements of peoples, ideas, and goods across the world in their own words and in material objects. Among the maps is one drawn on worn fig-bark paper, marking the land boundaries in an ancient Mexican village. The map is part of a group of documents, known collectively as Techialoyan manuscripts, created in the 1700s by indigenous people as evidence for land ownership court cases against the Spanish government. Also displayed is the first map of Africa from 1508. Exhibition can be seen in Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor, University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut Street. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm. For further information 215.898.7088 or rbml(at)pobox.upenn.edu.
February 23, 2017 - May 19, 2017 - Tempe, Arizona
A new exhibit in Hayden Library, Greater Arizona: Mapping Place, History and Transformation, features historical maps that belong to the Simon Burrow Collection at Arizona State University's School of Transborder Studies and highlights the different ways the region of Arizona has been conceptualized in a global context. As geographical diagrams, official documents, political tools, educational implements and records of the past, maps offer a rich and complex understanding of the past and the present. In this exhibit, Arizona is not marked as we know and understand it today; rather, the region of Arizona is represented through numerous developments and various manifestations over time since the 16th century.
July 6, 2016 - May 20, 2017 - La Jolla, California
The pictures that compose the current exhibition at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla, 7825 Fay Ave., Suite LL-A, could be found in the London Underground of the early 20th century, the pocket of a tourist in the Coachella Valley in the 1950s, or the walls of a French airport 50 years ago. The Art Meets Maps exhibit features pictographic maps — pieces that mix cartography, art and illustration. “As opposed to a regular map or a chart, which is meant to be a working document, a pictorial map, for example, shows London in a graphic sort of way, providing information to the person about the underground, but the great difference is the illustration added to the cartography,” said Richard Cloward, the map museum’s director.
March 1, 2017 - May 21, 2017 - Beatrice, Nebraska
The Beatrice Public Library, 100 N 16th St., is displaying its historic Nebraska map collection in conjunction with the art exhibit “Native American Presence on the Missouri”. This is located in the Heritage Room on the same level as the art exhibit area. It includes maps from 1855 to 1905. They were collected to show the development of Gage County including the boundaries of the Otoe reservation, the location of the original Clay County between Gage and Lancaster Counties as well as the sites of early settlements dating from the establishment of Nebraska Territory in 1854.
February 13, 2017 - May 22, 2017 – Minneapolis
The exhibit Engraved in Copper: The Art of Mapping Minnesota highlights unique engraved copper plates used to print topographic maps of Minnesota in the early 1900s, surveying and mapmaking techniques, and government documents related to the process. The plates are part of the evolution of government mapping and the history of the United States Geological Survey, from early mapping efforts to Geographic Information Systems. The exhibit can be seen in Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery, University of Minnesota Libraries, 21st Avenue South.
March 15, 2017 – May 31, 2017 – Manila
The Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS) is arranging and sponsoring an exhibition of rare historical maps and charts of the Philippine archipelago and surrounding seas from c1540 to c1900 in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd. Entitled Mapping the Philippine Seas, the exhibition showcases 166 original maps and sea charts from the private collections of PHIMCOS members and a reproduction of the Selden Map courtesy of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The collection also includes significant original maps where the names “Filipina” and “Las Philippinas” first appeared, and many more made by well-known cartographers such as Robert Dudley, Alexander Dalrymple and Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, and others are from the Spanish, British and French Admiralties. The theme of the exhibition is the use of cartography to explain the historical importance of the location of the Philippines at the centre of eastern and southeast-Asian trade routes, the discovery and use of those maritime trade routes by European explorers, colonists and traders, the search for new, faster and safer sea passages around and through the Philippine archipelago, and the use of scientific hydrography to improve the charts and thereby the safety of seafarers. There will be a series of lectures, starting at 10:30 AM, accompanying the exhibition as follows:
18 March - DENR Undersecretary Arturo T. Valdez: The Voyage of the Balangay
25 March - Jay L Batongbacal, PhD, Associate Professor, University of the Philippines (UP), College of Law and Director, UP Institute for Maritime Affairs & Law of the Sea: Ancient Maps and Modern Mindanao: Memories and Boundaries
01 April - Carlos Madrid, PhD - Director Instituto Cervantes, Manila: The Dirección de Hidrografía in the Philippines
22 April - Speaker: to be announced
29 April - Stephen Davies, Honorary Fellow of the University of Hong Kong’s Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and former Museum Director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum: Ways of Seeing: The Linked Worlds of Maritime Trade and the Making of the Selden Map
27 May - John L. Silva, executive director of Ortigas Foundation Library: The Enchantment in Maps
April 3, 2017 - June 2, 2017 – Denver
The Denver Public Library’s Western History Department at 10 W. Fourteenth Avenue will have an exhibit of original and extraordinary maps on the fifth floor, which illustrate the power of Art in Maps. Maps represent an attempt to draw an image of a place on paper. From the earliest times, artistic components have been used to embellish these cartographic images, not only to enhance their appeal, but also to convey critical ideas. This exhibit examines how the cartographic and artistic elements have been brought together in different ages and cultures.
May 20, 2016 – June 4, 2017 - Franeker, The
The Planetarium Eise Eisinga, Eise Eisingastraat 3, presents Varen op de sterren [Boating on the stars]. The exhibition include charts, sextants, globes and gyroscopes from the collection of Museum Boerhaave. The exhibition provides insight into the navigation capabilities of then and now. Dutch dominated in the seventeenth century to trade with large parts of Asia. How could they sail there? And how they were able to determine their position? How is it today? With a smartphone? Visions of navigation provide insight into the ways in which science determines the course.
April 15, 2017 – June 23, 2017 – London
For the first time ever, Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, are exhibiting a large selection of our rare or unique historic maps of the Tower Hamlets area. Beginning in 1610 with Norden's map of the County of Middlesex (of which present-day Tower Hamlets formed a part), Mapping the Hamlets illustrates how maps and plans have been used to record almost everything - streets and landmarks still recognisable today, as well as aspects of East End life that have now disappeared from the contemporary landscape, whether ancient administrative boundaries, tram routes or air-raid shelters. Also included are maps devised for sociological purposes, including the Booth 'poverty' maps and others which attempted to record the presence of diasporic communities. Some maps are printed but many are beautifully hand-drawn and coloured.
March 21, 2017 - June 25, 2017 - New York
The twelve Barberini Life of Christ tapestries, produced in Rome between 1644 and 1656, are priceless treasures and were among the first gifts acquired by the The Cathedral Church Of Saint John The Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. The tapestries helped cement the Cathedral's reputation as a home for world-class art for centuries to come. The twelve-panel tapestry series was designed by the baroque master Giovanni Francesco Romanelli and woven by handpicked weavers for Francesco Barberini, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII, in his own tapestry workshop – itself a rarity at a time when most tapestries were made elsewhere in Europe. This series was installed at the Vatican and the Barberini family palaces before coming to America at the end of the nineteenth century. Over fifteen and a half feet tall and ranging from twelve to nineteen feet in length, these heroically scaled panels, in vibrant colors, never forget the intimate and homey details that make the divine human and the past present. Recently they underwent extensive restoration. The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome feature ten of the tapestries including one which is a map of the Holy Land.
January 2017 - June 30, 2017 – Honolulu
Research carried out by undergraduate students from the University of Hawaii more than 80 years ago will be on display in Mapping the Territory in University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hamilton Library’s Archives, Moir Reading Room, 2550 McCarthy mall. Working with professional social scientists, undergraduate student researchers shed light on social conditions in Hawaiʻi in the Territorial era. The maps, papers and documents richly detail life in the Territory from a unique point of view—students at the University of Hawaii. The maps and papers were submitted as assignments. The community studies illustrate a street, neighborhood, or town; other maps focus on a specific social problem or issue. All the maps, in some way or another, deal with race and ethnic diversity, and all were meant to measure and document how local communities evolved during an important era of social change.
October 16, 2016 - Spring 2017 - Riverhead, New York
Mapping Suffolk County: A Complementary Ten Towns Exhibit features an assortment of historic maps of Suffolk County, from the 1700s to the 1900s. Exhibition can be seen in Gish Gallery, Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 West Main Street.
May 1, 2017 – August 4, 2017 - Boulder, Colorado
Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library, 2200 Colorado Avenue, has an exhibition Native American Geographies. The exhibition features maps from University of Colorado Boulder’s collection and works on paper by Melanie Yazzie from the Department of Art and Art History. The exhibit highlights art and maps that address the history of indigenous peoples' lands in the U.S., focusing on the difficulty of accurately mapping lands that were coercively transferred over time.
July 7, 2017 - August 25, 2017 – Moscow
We are used to thinking of Moscow as a city of stone and concrete, but for most of its 870-year history, it was a city of wood. It is easy to imagine the huge hazard represented by fire in the city in medieval times – how often must parts of old Moscow been consumed by flames after a minor accident? As a new exhibition at the Museum of Moscow, Zubovskiy b-r, 2, confirms, this was indeed the case. Fire. Invasion of the Tatars. Fire. Time of Troubles. Fire. Fire, reads a timeline of Moscow history printed around the museum’s spiral staircase. The exhibit focuses on issues of city planning and administration through maps, lithographs and travel diaries that reveal a pragmatism not usually associated with Moscow or Russia in general.
July 6, 2017 - September 2, 2017 - Mattapoisett,
This year’s summer exhibit, at Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum,5 Church Street, is all about maps. As functional, yet decorative items, maps can serve many different purposes. Mapping Mattapoisett: Tracing Our Place In the World explores the museum’s extensive collection of maps and charts, most of which have never been displayed. The exhibit will have maps of all types on show, from Clifford Ashley’s “A Chart of the Whale Coast of New England” c. 1810 down to small, hand-drawn sketches of old Mattapoisett street plans and landmarks. Come visit to see how Mattapoisett has been represented through cartography! Museum is open Thursdays 10am–4pm, Fridays 1–4pm, and Saturdays 1–4pm.
August 15, 2017 - September 7, 2017 - Fayetteville,
From the beautiful to the banal, modest to elaborate, maps have provided Arkansans with a vehicle for more than just understanding the lay of the land. An exhibit at University Libraries titled Mapping the Natural State: Arkansans Making and Using Maps features maps of Arkansas, as well as maps drawn by Arkansans. These varied examples of cartography, from before Arkansas statehood until late in the 20th century, served different purposes for the diverse individuals who drew or owned them. The exhibit will be on display in the Helen Robson Walton Reading Room in Mullins Library, University of Arkansas, 365 McIlroy Ave.
July 9, 2017 - September 10, 2017 - Belo Horizonte,
Mapping and Delineating Minas Gerais is the thematic axis, Minas Gerais is the space, and the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries form the temporal focus which link the maps collected for this exposition at Museu Mineiro, Av. João Pinheiro, 342. This rich cartographic collection offers a view to the first consistent advance of Luso-Brazilians towards the interior of Brazil, reaching the Gerais in the central plateau.
July 11, 2017 - September 10, 2017 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
O Desafio Cartográfico do novo / Olhares Sobre O Globo O Brasil [The Cartographic Challenge of the New / Looking Over the Globe and Brazil] can be seen in Minas Tenis Clube Cultural Center, 2244 Rua da Bahia. Our journey begins with the maps revealing the incredible discoveries of distant lands made by the Portuguese all over the world. Numerous maps, books, engravings, and reports are brought together here for the first time. The exhibit moves into the New World, to the Americas, before focusing on early maps of Brazil.
March 4, 2017 – September 24, 2017 – Boston
The new gallery exhibition is entitled Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History. It will be on display in the Leventhal Map Center Gallery at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. Regions and Seasons features over sixty maps and three-dimensional objects related to the capturing of weather data and depiction of the mapping of climate zones, wind direction, ocean currents and more, dating from the 15th century to present day. Visitors will learn about climate and weather-related imagery found on maps throughout history, starting with the “Venti”, the wind personas of the classical era, long thought by sailors to direct the seas, and “Horae”, the goddesses of the seasons who were thought to determine the natural order of events. Next, throughout the age of Enlightenment, cartographers began to depict recurring weather events as well as seasonal trade winds, when efficient navigation was critical to the success of the frequent expeditions from England to Asia. As science moved to the forefront during this era, the increased focus on data capture is reflected in the more complex maps of the time and beyond, representing vast amounts of statistical information to further public understanding of the varying climate patterns of different geographic locations. The exhibition will also explore the challenges posed by changing weather patterns and will look at Boston’s evolution as a coastal city throughout history, featuring depictions of the city before and after the completion of The Back Bay project and the unique climate risks faced by iconic parts of the city as a result of sea-level rise.
May 23, 2017 - September 27, 2017 - Cambridge,
Manuscript Maps: Hand-Drawn Treasures of the Harvard Map Collection is on display at Posey Library, Harvard Map Collection, Harvard Yard. Whether made in surveying land, fighting wars, learning geography, planning cities, preparing for publication, or presenting beautiful maps to the public, manuscript maps all emphasize the process by which they came into being and the individual stories they carry with them. This exhibition highlights the process of mapmaking by looking at maps drawn by hand.
May 20, 2017 - September 29, 2017 - Niskayuna, New York
Parts But Little Known: Maps of the Adirondacks from 1556 is a fascinating look at growing awareness of the region and what the mapmakers thought about the potential of the Adirondacks. It highlights the rich collections of the Adirondack Research Library, from Verplanck Colvin’s reports accompanied by illustrations documenting the trials of the surveying crews, to more than a century’s worth of maps meant to advertise the region to tourists. The exhibition is curated by Washington Map Society member Cal Welch, and can be seen at Kelly Adirondack Center of Union College, 897 St. David’s Lane. Open Mondays and Tuesdays 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays 1 to 4 pm, and by appointment. For more information call Margie Amodeo at 518.280.5951.
August 5, 2017 - September 30, 2017- Hagerstown, Maryland
More than 250 years ago, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began mapping out and marking the now-iconic boundary that bears their names. Setting Boundaries: 250 Years of the Mason – Dixon Line can be seen in the Washington County Historical Society, Miller House Exhibit Room, 135 W. Washington St. For over 250 years, the Mason-Dixon Line has been the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania. But why does it exist? Learn about the history of the Mason-Dixon Line and how it came to be in a new exhibit. Open Wednesday-Friday 1-4 pm and Saturday 9 am–4 pm.
January 27, 2017 – October 2017 - Salt Lake City
Maps serve many purposes. They represent physical geographies, recording landmarks, routes, and boundaries. But they also reflect varying perceptions, imaginations, values, and aspirations. This is certainly true of the maps presented in Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps. Over five centuries, empires and explorers along with printers and publishers worked first to trace the outline of a continent that was new to Europeans and then, eventually, to fill in its vast middle. These maps show the steady increase of geographic knowledge of the Americas, but they also demonstrate the economic and political interests that produced that knowledge and the individuals who benefited from it. They hint at what map makers and their sponsors determined was worth documenting, identifying, and, in some cases, possessing. They often erase, obscure, and distort. Put simply: maps are more than cartographic representations of known or imagined physical features on the landscape. As you examine these maps, try to determine the purposes for which they were made and any mistruths, omissions, and distortions they may contain. The maps are displayed in the Utah Capitol Building, 350 N State St. Maps in the exhibition are primarily owned by Salt Lake City businessman Steven Boulay, with contributions from the Utah State Historical Society, American West Center at the University of Utah, L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University, and LDS Church History Department.
June 7, 2017 – October 9, 2017 – Marseille
Ocean Explorers From Sindbad to Marco Polo is an exhibition at MuCEM, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, 7 Promenade Robert Laffont. Guided by the legendary Sindbad the Sailor, the geographer al-Idrīsī, the explorer Ibn Baṭṭūṭah, and many others, set sail—with the Arabs, the masters of the seas, and the great European sailors who sailed on their maritime routes—on a wonderful voyage of discovery extending from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. From the beginning of Islam to the dawn of the seventeenth century, it is a maritime adventure that visitors can see and experience in an exceptional immersive itinerary that combines sound effects, images, and optical devices. Sailors had to learn to master the sea before setting sail. In a relaxed atmosphere, under the guidance of the sailor and cartographer Ibn Majid (1432–1500), visitors will learn about the art of sailing, see wonderful navigation instruments, and discover the development of vessels, in a journey of discovery complemented by many models. Thanks to the development of cartography, sailors were able to better master the seas, as attested by the author of a famous map of the world: the geographer al-Idrīsī (circa 1100–1165), against a backdrop of medieval Latin and Arab cosmographies, maps and portolanos, world maps, and other astronomical treatises, and beneath a didactic and interactive sky.
February 10, 2017 - October 10, 2017 - College Station,
Authors who create elaborate fantasy worlds, like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth and George R.R. Martin’s Westeros, often provide maps to guide readers through these imaginary lands. Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, 400 Spence St, invites visitors to explore fantasy maps with the new exhibit, Worlds Imagined: The Maps of Imaginary Places Collection.
August 4, 2017 – October 20, 2017 - Homer, Alaska
The Pratt Museum, 3779 Bartlett St., presents Cartography, an exhibit exploring maps, wayfinding, and related artworks from the museum collections, along with recent geospatial and interactive products of Kachemak Bay.
April 28, 2017 – October 27, 2017 – Ann Arbor,
This exhibit, Mapping in the Enlightenment: Science, Innovation, and the Public Sphere, in the William Clements Library - Avenir Foundation Room, uses examples from the Clements Library collection to tell the story of creating, distributing, and using maps during the long 18th century. Enlightenment thinking stimulated the effort to make more accurate maps, encouraged the growth of map collecting and map use by men and women in all social classes, and expanded the role of maps in administration and decision-making throughout Europe and her overseas colonies. Exhibition is open only on Fridays from 10am to 4pm.
March 30, 2017 – October 28, 2017 - Portland,
Americans relied on print images to understand World War I before and after the US entered the war in March 1917. Their understanding of Germany as an enemy was shaped by propaganda maps and posters, while newspaper maps helped them follow the war’s battles. In Europe, maps of the trench systems and of the Western Front were vital to the success of the American Expeditionary Forces. The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Avenue, exhibition To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War commemorates and explores American participation in the Great War—the “War to End All Wars”—with a sample of informative and propagandistic posters, maps, and atlases from the collections of USM’s Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education.
September 2017 - October 30, 2017 - Nantucket,
The Nantucket Historical Association presents Out of the Box: Unpacking Nantucket Stories, a new major exhibition exploring the stories of Nantucket’s people over four centuries with more than 80 artifacts from the NHA’s collections that have rarely, if ever, been displayed before. The exhibition is on view in the McCausland Gallery at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street. Visitors will learn about life at home on Nantucket and at sea, see the island at work and at play and encounter rare maps. Key maps from the association’s collection are on display, including a copy of John Tupper’s map from 1781 (in which Nantucket Harbor looks like the silhouette of a whale) and Clarence and Anne Lundquist’s 1969 hooked rug map of the island.