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January 27, 2017 – January 15, 2018 –
Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, the special exhibition Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, traces more than 400 years of Texas history. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the formation of Texas, from an unnamed frontier in the New World, to a small outpost of New Spain, to the huge, bustling state that now leads the nation. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State will be in the Hamill Gallery and feature maps dating between 1513-1920. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.
September 14, 2017 - January 16, 2018 - Leiden
Asia is home to many different cultures, which share important characteristics and are diverse at the same time. The exhibition Mapping Asia, in University Library Leiden, Witte Singel 27, investigates a number of the most conspicuous features, such as language, education, urbanization and natural resources. Each characteristic obviously connected to the others. Politics and especially migration have been instrumental in shaping some of these features. How does migration influence the development of cities? Is globalization one the factors in the disappearance of indigenous languages? These and more questions are discussed in this exhibition. This is not an exhibition on historical maps, but an exhibition in which various aspects of Asia will be highlighted using cartography and GIS mapping tool. The exhibition shows several attractive maps on a specific theme especially made for this exhibition, including prints, books, photographs and maps.
October 12, 2017 - January 27, 2018 - Canton, Georgia
The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce our new temporary exhibit, Mapping Cherokee, Featuring the 20th Century Map and Photo Collection of Lat Ridgway, in the Cherokee County History Museum, 100 North Street. The exhibit focuses on land surveyor, Lat Ridgway, who worked during in Cherokee County during the 1950s-70s. Open W, Th, F 10-5 Sat 10-3.
July 1, 2017 – January 28, 2018 – Tampa
There are a few different dates that may be mentioned concerning the beginning of communications between Florida and Cuba: the 1850's when the McKay family began shipping cattle from Tampa's Ballast Point to Havana, 1886 with the arrival of the cigar industry and the founding of Ybor City or in 1959 with Fidel Castro's takeover. But the history reaches back further. Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection, the new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, shows definite threads between the Sunshine State and the island for over the last 500 years with over 50 maps, both rare and original, lithographs and other documents. One map, published 1511, shows a crude representation of the "isla de beimini," the native Indian name for Florida, by Peter Martyr, a Spaniard who had traveled with Cristopher Columbus. Other maps depict fifteenth- and eighteenth-century Spanish and British occupations of Cuba and Florida, nineteenth- and twentieth-century development of rail and steamship lines and Cuban tourist maps from the thirties and today.
November 3, 2017 - January 28, 2018 – Madrid
The writer Robert Louis Stevenson once said that he had heard of strange men who were not interested in maps, but did not believe in their existence. Undoubtedly, maps are fascinating objects. Its magnetism is universal. Their appeal comes from the illusion they generate, from their great evocative power: the loneliness of a remote island, access to an unfamiliar region, the omniscient and panoramic view. The Biblioteca Nacional de España, Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22; maintains invaluable cartographic finds: manuscript maps, incunabula, engravings, atlases, nautical charts and hundreds more. The exhibition, held in Sala Recoletos, Cartografías de lo desconocido [Cartographies of the unknown] contains more than two hundred works from the BNE itself and from other Spanish institutions. All of them give shape and allow us to imagine priceless or remote things. They are the medieval mapamundi or the letters of the discoveries. There are maps that show non-existent places and others that reflect invisible phenomena.
September 4, 2017 - January 31, 2018 – Seattle
Curated by Sandra Kroupa, All Over the Map: From cartographs to (c)artifacts is a celebration of cartography, geography, and travel throughout history, showcases all areas of Special Collections, including a wide range of maps, travel literature, decorated book covers, photographs, manuscripts and more. Exhibition can be seen at Special Collections, Allen Library South Basement, University of Washington Library.
October 18, 2017 – January 31, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale,
100 Maps That Changed the World: Discovery of the Americas and the Establishment of the United States can be seen Cotilla Gallery, second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. The exhibit features rare maps and atlases from the 15th through the 18th century from the collection of the Asbury family. The maps were selected to illustrate the European discovery of the Americas and the exploration and mapping of the American colonies up and through the American Revolution. The exhibit contains maps by such famous mapmakers as Sebastian Münster; Gerardus Mercator; Abraham Ortelius; the Hondius family; Joan Blaeu; etc.
October 19, 2017 - February 12, 2018 – Moscow
(‘Karty zemel’ Rossiyskogo Severa: real’nost’ i miphy’) [Maps of the Lands of the Russian North: Reality and the Myths] can be seen at Russian State Library, Ivanovsky Hall. Catalogue, edited by Art Volhkonka (207 pp., ills). ISBN 978-5-906848-46-8. Within one space, there are collected manuscript and printed maps, which represent the history of the development of the Northern territories from the 16th to the 21st century. There are old and modern atlases, General maps of the Russian state and maps of provinces, navigation charts and maps of expeditions, educational illustrated maps, preserved in the collections of the two largest libraries of the country – the Russian State Library and the Russian National Library, as well as artifacts from the private collection of the collector Andrey Kusakin. In the age of gadgets when we do not hesitate to use maps in tablets and smartphones, an old map on the wall or in the world atlas remains close to a miracle. It takes you back for a few centuries and makes you think, how was happening the discovery of continents and islands, conquering of mountains, overcoming of forests and seas, and contacts of different civilizations. Development of the vast expanses of the North is one of the most exciting stories of world history. Exhibition in the Ivanovsky Hall demonstrates how gradually expanded the knowledge about cold and unapproachable Russian North, how the white spots of mysterious Tartary were filled in with the real outlines of coasts, mountains and islands, how in the map appeared the names of the pioneers - explorers – Willem Barentsz, Semyon Dezhnev, Vitus Bering. And often the cost of move from myth to reality, from ignorance to knowledge was a human life. The pearl of the exhibition is "Drawing Book of Siberia", which gives an idea of the Russian cartography before Peter the Great. It is the earliest domestic atlas, extant, created in 1701. It does not yet have parallels and meridians, the North may be on the bottom, not at the top; the shape of the land was made "by patrol", "by talks" and "by interrogation" of service people, locals and travelers. There is an exhibition catalogue, edited by Art Volhkonka (207 pp., ills), ISBN 978-5-906848-46-8. Project Manager – Natalia Samoylenko; Curatorial group – Lyudmila Zinchuk, Lyudmila Kildyushevskaya. Designer of the exhibition – Eric Belousov.
October 13, 2017 - February 18, 2018 - San Francisco
The California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, has two simultaneous exhibitions: Alexander Hamilton: Treasures from the New-York Historical Society that examines the life and prolific career of now-popular American statesman Alexander Hamilton (c. 1755–1804) and his lasting influence on shaping the foundation of the modern United States; and Meanwhile Out West: Colonizing California, 1769-1821 that explores Spanish Colonial California during the period of Hamilton's life. The exhibitions implicitly ask the questions: Who tells the story of the United States? Who tells the story of California? Meanwhile Out West: Colonizing California demonstrates that pre-conquest, much of what we know as the Southwest and west coast of the United States was the home of hundreds of thousands of Native people and the edge of the Spanish frontier. This exhibition explores the history of the region now known as California during the Spanish era, which roughly coincides with Alexander Hamilton's life and the nation's founding, through exquisite art and manuscripts drawn from CHS's collection, and artifacts borrowed from the Autry Museum of the American West, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and the Museum of Mission Dolores. The treasures from the CHS Collection include manuscripts created by Spanish military commanders and missionaries, lavishly illustrated folio volumes recording European voyages of exploration to California and the Pacific Northwest, and rare maps illuminating changing geographic understandings of California and the quest for the Northwest Passage.
October 25, 2017 - February 18, 2018 – Cambridge,
Whether in illusions of curling corners, ripped insets, or overlapping sheets, cartographers have long enticed us to reach out and touch their creations. The exhibition Look But Don't Touch: Tactile Illusions on Maps invites you to learn more about the relationship between touch and sight in the representation of abstract space and how those visual illusions have traveled the world. On view in Pusey Library, M–F, 9–5, and Saturday, 10–2.
September 29, 2017 - February 24, 2018 - Fribourg
The Library of the University of Fribourg, Joseph-Piller 2, has the exhibition Freiburg à la carte. Die Stadt von 1822 bis heute. The exhibition provides an overview of the history of the cartographic as well as the persons and associations that have been in Fribourg since the beginning of the 19th century to the present time.
September 30, 2017 - February 25, 2018 – Boston
Humans have been delving below Earth’s surface for tens of thousands of years. From the earliest maps of the spiritual underworld made by ancient man, to digital maps of the seabed produced today, the human need to explore and envision the world beneath our feet is age-old. The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street exhibition Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below will show you how ancient Romans carved vast underground catacombs, how minerals and natural resources have been studied, engineered and transported since the 19th century, how today’s scientific and cartographic advancements have enabled us to picture the entire ocean floor, and what lies below the streets of Boston. As you explore nearly 400 years of maps and images of the world below, you can compare the historical viewpoint with the modern, and see how we have advanced our perception and depiction of what lies beneath.
January 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018 - Bilzen, Belgium
Erik Van Hove is a patron of Bilzen's library and a collector of historical maps from the 16th to the 18th century. His beautiful maps of our regions, Historische kaarten aflevering 3, Fricx, are exhibited in the exhibition space in the Bibliotheek Bilzen, Eikenlaan 23.
September 13, 2017 – March 4, 2018 – Leiden
The Museum of Anthropology (Museum Volkenkunde) organizes a special gallery exhibition: Mapping Asia. The reason is that Leiden University, the City of Leiden and all its partners are celebrating Leiden Asia Year. About 30 objects, maps and objects on which Asian countries are depicted illustrate that maps are much more than you would think at first sight. Maps are not objective. We assume that they only show how an area looks. But what you see is the vision of man behind it, the creator and the client. They have portrayed how to think about a particular area: what is to be found and who is the boss for example.
November 3, 2017 – March 11, 2018 – New York
The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the exhibition Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. The exhibition uses maps, hand drawn and hand printed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, to illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War. The New York Historical Society has added rarely seen manuscript and printed maps from its premier collection to what is a remarkable selection of maps at the core of the exhibition traveling from the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Among the additions are a selection of maps drawn in the field by Robert Erskine, Geographer and Surveyor General of the Continental Army, and his successor Simeon Dewitt, and a copy of John Mitchell’s Map of the British and French Dominions in North America with the Roads, Distances, Limits and Extent of the Settlements (1755) to which John Jay added red lines to indicate proposed boundaries during the negotiations of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
October 10, 2017 - March 18, 2018 – Seville
Based on the discovery of a manuscript of the eighteenth century by the architect José Matías de Figueroa, of the River Guadalquivir, the Library of the University of Seville organized the exhibition Guadalquivir. Maps and stories of a river. Image and look. The exhibition can be seen in the General Archive of the Indies, Avenida de la Constitución, 3. Curated by Professor José Peral, the exhibition shows a wide selection of cartographic material, printed books and manuscripts, historical works and recent photographs from the Library of the University of Seville, Archive General de Indias and more than twenty institutions.
February 27, 2018 - March 24, 2018 - Deanscurragh, Longford,
Longford County Library, Heritage and Archives Services will host the opening of a very interesting exhibition entitled A History of Longford Town through Maps. The exhibition has been prepared by Martin Morris, County Archivist, and is based on the Longford fascicle of the ‘Irish Historic Towns Atlas’ by Sarah Gearty, Martin Morris and Fergus O’Ferrall, which was published in 2010. The Atlas traces the town’s history with particular reference to a number of maps produced from the 1600s onwards.
November 24, 2017 – March 29, 2018 – Cambridge
An exhibition Landscapes Below; Mapping and the New Science of Geology can be seen in Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library. Featuring the biggest-ever object (1.9mx1.6m) to go on display at the Library: George Bellas Greenough's 1819 “A Geological Map of England and Wales” (the first map produced by the Geological Society of London), as well as a visually stunning collection of maps from the earliest days of geology – the exhibition explores how these new subterranean visions of the British landscape influenced our understanding of the Earth. All the maps belonging to the library are going on display for the first time. Admission is free. Opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-16.30pm.
February 19, 2018 - March 30, 2018 - Milledgeville, Georgia
The Georgia College Museum of Fine Arts, 120 South Columbia Street, hosts the Thomas F. and Janice C. F. Armstrong Antique Map Collection. The Museum is proud to present You Are Here with antique maps from the Thomas F. and Janice C. F. Armstrong Antique Map Collection. This exhibition showcases 40 French, Italian, English, German and American maps that depict the growth of the southern states of America - most particularly, Georgia. Map dates range from 1760 to 1870. Each map contains the state of Georgia, many of which include Milledgeville as the state capital.
October 28, 2017 - April 2, 2018 - Laufenburg, Switzerland
The Museum Schiff Laufenburg, Fluhgasse 156, has an exhibition Historische Karten der Region (Hochrhein region) [Historical maps of the region]. Open Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00; Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 17:00. Admission free!
February 14, 2018 - April 2, 2018 - Thessaloníki Two years after some of the rare, 333-year-old maps of the Aegean Archipelago commissioned by Louis XIV of France were found in the Thessaloníki University Library – and led to the discovery of the remainder of the collection in the historical archives of the French defence ministry – an exhibition of the reunited map collection has been organised in the northern Greek city of Thessaloníki. The exhibition Archipelago 1685-1687 in the maps of Louis XIV was organised by the Thessaloníki University library in collaboration with the French Consulate in Thessaloníki and the AUTH Cartography Workshop. It was inaugurated at the Telloglio Arts Foundation. It features 39 rare, hand-drawn French maps of the Cyclades islands of exceptional quality and technique – which demonstrate the influence of classicism on cartography – as well as 28 panoramic works of art.
April 5-11, 2018 - Prague
An exhibition in Prague's National Technical Museum will present unique ancient documents and Czech collection items that were recently put on the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register, such as the Kynzvart daguerreotype, the Janacek archive and the Camocio maps collection. The Czech-Maltese Camocio maps collection highlights the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. According to experts, it is the only issue preserved in Euro-American collections. It helped experts reconstruct the whole cycle of combat reports from the crucial battle of Malta after 450 years. The collection of the maps, whose author was Giovanni Francesco Camocio (1501-1575), is kept by the Charles University's Faculty of Sciences.
January 2018 - April 14, 2018 - Martin, Slovakia
Old maps of Europe and Slovakia can be seen at the Literary Museum of the Slovak National Library (Slovenská národná knižnica, M. R. Štefánika 11). The exhibition shows a collection of maps and graphic representations of Europe and Slovakia from the 15th to 18th century. Included are maps created by Slovaks such as Pavol Kray, Samuel Mikovíni, Andreas Erik Fritsch, Samuel Krieger and founder of Hungarian Scientific Geographic Statistics Ján Matej Korabinský. They were mainly representations of upper-Hungarian (Slovak) cities and regions that were part of Slovak Matej Bel’s work (one of the most significant European scientists of the 18th century and founder of modern geography in the Hungarian kingdom).
January 16, 2018 – April 14, 2018 - Cambridge,
Maps enjoy a long tradition as a mode of literary illustration, orienting readers to worlds real and imagined. Presented in conjunction with the bicentenary of the Harvard Map Collection, the exhibition Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration brings together over sixty landmark literary maps, from the 200-mile-wide island in Thomas More’s Utopia to the supercontinent called the Stillness in N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. Visitors will traverse literary geographies from William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County to Nuruddin Farah’s besieged Somalia; or perhaps escape the world’s bothers in Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. At this intersection of literature and cartography, get your bearings and let these maps guide your way. Exhibition can be seen in Edison and Newman room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard.
April 26, 2017 - April 20, 2018 – Madrid
La evolución de la imagen del Mundo [The evolution of the image of the World] can be seen at National Geographic Institute, (Access by the Map House) C / General Ibáñez de Ibero, 3. Starting from the first geographical references of ancient Greece, which considered a flat world, we will pass through the spherical Earth proposed by prominent names such as Aristotle and Eratosthenes. Next are the "T and O" maps and the nautical charts of the Middle Ages. Then there is the rediscovery of Ptolemy's Geographia in the Renaissance, followed by the great oceanic explorations that finished delineating the world as we know it today.
March 19, 2018 - April 20, 2018 - Bengaluru, India
India has always been a diverse country, with a coming together of people, culture, cuisine and history. But, this diversity didn’t just happen overnight, and all of us didn’t just come together from different parts of the globe or the country without a deeper phenomenon at play. This meeting of diverse cultures was made possible because of the ordinary map! They mapped India, gave Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru a country to fight for, and here we are now, liberated and free. This latest collection showcased at the Indian Institute of Science called India on our Mind is art gallery owner Prashnt Lahoti’s collections of maps that were instituted to acquire, preserve, interpret and share the spread of Indian civilisation’s heritage across continents and cultures.
March 26, 2018 - April 30, 2018 - Summerdale, Alabama
The Marjorie Younce Snook Public Library, 202 W Broadway Street, in conjunction with Alabama’s 200 Bicentennial celebration, is exhibiting a collection of maps of the state documenting its changes before and after statehood was established. On loan from the Birmingham Public Library, Sweet Home: Alabama’s History in Maps explores 450 years of Alabama history through more than 50 maps carefully selected from the library’s world class cartography collection. The exhibit is located in the events room of the Marjorie Younce Snook Public Library, and will be open to the public during the library’s normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.).
April 17, 2018 - May 1, 2018 - Doha
The first Qatar National Library Heritage Library exhibition will display a wide range of items from the collection that illustrate the spread of ideas throughout the Islamic world, as well as documenting interaction between Arabs and the West through the centuries. The exhibition features books, manuscripts, maps, globes, and travelers’ instruments, telling the story of Qatar, along with the history of science, literature, women, writing, travel, and religions in the region.
April 20, 2018 - May 4, 2018 - College Station, Texas
Texas A&M Libraries obtained a rare map of Texas made by Stephen F Austin himself. According to researchers at Texas A&M, the map was printed in 1830 and is the first map of Texas printed in the United States, and the second map ever printed depicting the state. The map shows many of the colonies, such as Austin colony, that existed during the time period. The map will be shown in the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, 400 Spence St., every Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.
April 6, 2018 - May 5, 2016 – Seoul
Yongsan: The Unreachable Land, a new exhibit at the Yongsan War Memorial, 29 Itaewon-ro, Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, provides a catch-up lesson on the more than a century of history most Koreans have missed out on, and gives a sneak preview of what's on the other side of those concertina-wire-topped walls. The exhibit documents past history through maps and images dating back to Joseon, as well as showing what's to come, but it doesn't leave out the legacy built here.
November 18, 2017 - May 6, 2018 - Harrisburg,
Thaddeus Mortimer Fowler was the most prolific Victorian-era panorama artist. During a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Fowler produced more bird’s eye views of American cities and towns than any other artist. Over half of his more than 400 town views depict communities in Pennsylvania. The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St, new exhibit T.M. Fowler’s Pennsylvania Bird’s-Eye Views, 1885-1905 will showcase a sampling of original Fowler lithographic prints produced between 1885-1905.
March 23, 2018 - May 9, 2018 – Florence Valletta Capitale d’Europa is the title of a specialised exhibition in the Sala dei Gigli in the town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio. The exhibition showcases Malta maps from the MUŻA cartographic collection including two of the Camocio Siege Maps that have just made it to the Unesco Memory of the World Register. The focused selection of maps on display present the story of Valletta, from the Great Siege of 1565 to its development into a fully fledged military fortress by the end of the 18th century.
March 16, 2018 - May 11, 2018 - Delhi, New York
Drawing the Line: Maps of Delaware County, an exhibit of historic maps, can be seen at the Delaware County Historical Association, 46549 State Hwy 10. This exhibit includes a sampling of the Association's collection of maps from about 1800 through the 1960s. Surveyors’ tools will also be on display.