Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions

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Indefinite - Carson, California
A permanent exhibition of antique maps has opened on the second floor of the California State University Dominguez Hills University Library, 1000 E. Victoria Street. Entitled Where Are You From? the exhibition documents the vast information that be gleaned from maps. Looking for New Granada? Since it is now the country of Columbia you probably can't readily find it on MapQuest, although it is represented on a map now on display in the library. Need to find where Russian Tartary or "Hindoostan" was? You can find them in the exhibition. With 15 maps dating from 1747 to 1946, the exhibition covers the entire world. These maps show how the world was viewed throughout the last 250 years and surprise the viewer with accuracy as well as inaccuracy and whimsy. They invite praise for their art and design, confusion when a familiar place is named something else and serve as a gateway for critical thinking. The maps are part of the Library's Archives and Special Collections Map Collection. Additional maps are on display in the on the fifth floor. The Library collaborated with the Promoting Excellence in Graduate Studies Program to put the exhibition together. The maps can viewed during regular library hours.

Indefinite - Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. Founded in 1983 by California residents David and Marsha Karpeles, the focus was to stimulate an appetite for learning. Currently, there are 12 museums and one map museum nationwide, with each one occupying a preserved building. The Karpeles Map Museum, Pinqua, occupies the former Church of Christ at 3039 Piqua Avenue. The map-only museum will display maps on a three- to six-month rotation schedule.
Admission is always free. For information (KMuseumFtW(at) call 260-456-6929.

Indefinite - Jacksonville, Florida
The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection contains some 244 antiquarian maps of Florida and Florida cities, North and South America, and the world. It includes historical views and plates focusing on northern Florida. Most of these maps are on permanent display in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room on the fourth floor of the Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street. Additional information 813-228-0097.

Indefinite - Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
The story of how Hawaii found its place on the map in the mid-Pacific is a tale filled with discovery, adventure and conflict. When European explorers first entered the Pacific, they found that the great ocean had already been mastered by navigators whose nautical skills rivaled their own: the Polynesians. The presence of the Polynesians throughout the ocean's isles was testimony to an extraordinary seafaring heritage. The Story of Hawaii Museum displays antique maps, prints and ephemera from the Polynesian Migrations to the 21st Century in an attempt to explain the history of Hawaii. The Story of Hawaii Museum Gallery & Museum Gift Shop is open 7 days a week and is centrally located at the first level of Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 W Kaahumanu Ave.

Indefinite - Kozani, Greece
Kozani in the World of Maps is on display at the Municipal Map Library housed in the recently restored Georgios Lassanis Mansion at the center of the city. The historic Map Library, with its roots in 17th century, keeps a small but important collection of maps, atlases and geography books, mainly from 18th century, referred to the period of Greek Enlightenment. For example, a copy of the 1797 Rigas Velestinlis "Charta" as well as the extremely rare 1800 Anthimos Gazis world map are kept there among other maps and atlases which were never before put on public display. Contact info(at) or 2461 50635 / 2461 50632 for additional information.

Indefinite – La Jolla, California
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla is tucked into an office building at 7825 Fay Ave, Suite LL-A. The maps are displayed on walls and in cases, arranged somewhat chronologically and by themes. There’s a crude black and white drawing of the world from 1472, a vibrant “Roads to Romance” representation of Southern California circa 1958 and hundreds of other maps from all over the world. Some were used in their day for navigation, some for display, some for dreaming. There are maps that show California as an island - a depiction of an almost mythological paradise that persists, in the public consciousness, centuries later. There is a map from 1617 that shows what is now Belgium and Holland shaped like a lion - a projection of power and national pride. The maps are a part of the Stone Map and Atlas Foundation, headed by local businessman and philanthropist Michael Stone, who has been collecting maps for 20 years. The Museum is open Wednesday and Thursday 11-4 and the 1st and 3rd Saturday also 11-4 or by appointment for groups of four or more. For additional information contact Richard Cloward (richard(at) or Roz Gibson (roz(at) at 855-653-6277.

Indefinite – La Rochelle, France
The Musée du Nouveau Monde [Museum of the New World], 10 Rue Fleuriau, is housed in an eighteenth century mansion, the hotel Fleuriau, named after the family who lived there from 1772 to 1974. The Museum features numerous old maps of the Americas as well as sculptures, paintings, drawings, furniture and decorative objects. These objects are evidence of the triangular trade and slavery with the Americas, through which the city of La Rochelle, like others, amassed considerable wealth. Part of the museum is devoted to the French conquest of the New World, especially in Canada, while evoking the Old West and Native Americans.

Indefinite - Palma, Majorca
Bartolomé March Servera (1917-1998) became an important art collector and bibliophile. The Fundación Bartolomé March established a museum, where the family residence in Palma was located for decades, to display his collection. The Palau March, located at Carrer del Palau Reial, 18, displays an outstanding collection of art and sculpture. Another of the numerous collections that Bartolomé March brought together was that of Majorcan Cartography. In Majorca, between the 14th and 15th Century, an important set of navigation charts signed by local artists was drawn up. The great majority of these charts left the island and the most famous of them ended up in public libraries or in private hands. Bringing together this collection, considered to be one of the best in the world, was an arduous task. The exhibit displayed here, with excellent documentation, brings together a very interesting collection both for its technical perfection and its exquisite ornamental effect. Included are Portolan charts by Jacobus Russus (1535), Mateo Prunés (1561), Jaume Olives (1564 and 1571), Joan Oliva (1620), and Miquel Prunés (1640).

Indefinite – Mexico City
Museo Nacional de la Cartografía, at Avenida Observatorio No. 94, corner of Periférico Tacubaya, D.F., C.P. 11870, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, features exhibits about the general history of mapping of Mexico. Codices, atlases, navigational charts, topographic plans, and instruments used to make geodesic and topographical measurements are on display.

Indefinite – Montreal
History and Memory showcases almost 500 artifacts, images, archival documents, and early maps from the Stewart Museum’s vast collection showing the influence of European civilizations in New France and North America. The planispheres, star charts and maps of North and South America and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans amply illustrate the expanding geographic knowledge gained by Europeans as they made their way across continents, that until then, had remained terra incognita. Added to these artefacts is a major collection of globes and navigation instruments: mariner’s compass, traverse board, nocturnal, astrolabe, sundial, and maritime hourglass from the 18th century. The Stewart Museum is located at the British military depot on St. Helen's Island, Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Indefinite - Raleigh, North Carolina
Capital Cartography: A History of Raleigh in Maps can be seen at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street. This exhibit showcases over two hundred years of Raleigh’s development through a collection of historic maps. Looking at maps as more than way finding tools, visitors experience cartography as a reflection of the times and the draftsmen who crafted them. The exhibit features 14 maps that reflect over 200 years of the Capital city’s history.

Indefinite - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Mercator Museum, Zamanstraat 49, displays a chronological story of cartography, from ancient times to today. In this story, the figure and work of Gerard De Cremer (Rupelmonde 1512 - 1594 Duisburg) - aka Gerard Mercator - is placed in the spotlight. His rare earth globe (1541) and celestial globe (1551), recently included in the Flemish masterpieces list, remain the highlights of the museum. The rich collection of atlases, including his first Ptolemy edition 1584, shines in the showcases. The story is complemented by a carefully chosen selection of maps and atlases from the 17th to the early 20th century.

Indefinite - Tampa, Florida
Five Hundred Years of Florida Maps features items selected from the J. Thomas and Lavinia W. Touchton Collection of Florida Cartography at The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street. These maps and charts represent some of the "Florida" map-makers visions that have been created over the past 500 years.

Indefinite - Vienna
The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library, Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 9, is the world's only institution devoted to the study of globes and related instruments like armillary spheres and planetariums. On display in eight rooms are many of the more than 460 globes owned by the Museum. Additionally there is a bilingual (German and English) multimedia presentation about globe history, globe making, and the use of globes. Additional information from globen(at) or Tel.: (+43 1) 534 10-710 or Fax: (+43 1) 534 10-319.

Indefinite - Washington
Exploring the Early Americas is an exhibition featuring the 1507 Waldseemüller "World Map," the first map to use the name America; and rotating items from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which includes rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. Also on display is Waldseemüller's "Carta Marina" or Navigators' Chart; and the Schöner Sammelbund, a portfolio that contained two world maps and other cartographic materials. The exhibition is in the Northwest Gallery of the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Indefinite – Washington
Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784 is an exhibition at the Library of Congress featuring the first map of the newly independent United States that was compiled, printed and published in America by an American. The exhibition will be located in the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Rare and historically important, the Abel Buell map also was the first map to be copyrighted in the United States. Seven copies of the map are known to exist, and this copy is considered the best preserved and, therefore, is the most frequently chosen for illustration of Buell’s work. Also on display will be four early maps of North America by John Mitchell, Carington Bowles, Thomas Hutchins and William Faden, which were created from 1755 to 1778. Buell most likely consulted these maps when he engraved his large wall map. A 1784 map of the United States by William McMurray, which was published nine months after Buell’s map, will complete the exhibition.

Indefinite – Washington
In 2011, Albert H. Small donated to George Washington University Museum, 701 21st Street NW, his unrivaled collection of 1,000 maps and prints, rare letters, photographs, and drawings that document the history of Washington, DC. A Collector’s Vision: Creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection presents highlights of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, including Mr. Small's first acquisition and other items that explore what motivates individuals to collect.

Indefinite – Washington
The Historical Society of Washington is delighted to present a new exhibit, Window to Washington, featuring the Kiplinger Collection, the most important donation in the organization’s 188-year history. The exhibit explores the development of our nation’s capital, from a sleepy southern town into a modern metropolis, as told through the works of artists who witnessed the city’s changes. The exhibit can be seen at the Society's Kiplinger Library on the second floor of the historic Carnegie Library building in Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K Street, NW - the District’s original, never segregated Central Library - directly across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The exhibition draws from the strengths of the Kiplinger Collection in early maps and birds-eye views, 19th and 20th century prints, mid-20th century oil paintings, watercolors, and photographs. Upon entering the exhibition one first sees a print of the first published version of Pierre L’Enfant’s famous 1791 map depicting the gifted French architect and urban planner’s vision for a capital city worthy of comparison with those of great European nations. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments for group tours can be made by contacting the library (library(at)

April 2014 - April 2018 – Amsterdam
Go on a journey with the maps and atlases that forever changed how we see the world. The exhibition, The Atlases, shows you top pieces from The National Maritime Museum's extensive collection of maps and atlases. Get acquainted with the four pioneers of cartography: Ptolemy, Mercator, Claesz, and Blaeu. These map makers and publishers produced maps and atlases that forever changed how we see the world. Exhibition can be seen in the East Wing, National Maritime Museum, Kattenburgerplein 1.

February 2016 - through 2017 - Austin, Texas
The Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave, exhibition Mapping Texas: Collections from the Texas General Land Office is an exhibit throughout the year of maps from the Texas General Land Office. Maps change quarterly.

January 9, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Oxford, Mississippi
Every year is a birthday year, but this one is special. The state of Mississippi will turn 200 years old on Dec. 10. As 2017 progresses, bicentennial events will happen throughout the state, which was the 20th to join the United States of America. The J.D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi has an exhibition Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood. A team of curators filled cases in the library’s Faulkner Room with early documents, maps, sheet music, photographs, textbooks, political signs, recordings and much more. Maps include a 1763 map by Johann Baptist Homann, imperial cartographer to Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. Far more accurate maps from before and after the Civil War document the state’s evolution as big counties were broken up into smaller ones. The Department of Archives and Special Collections at J.D. Williams Library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, except for university holidays.

January 27, 2017 - October 8, 2017 – Houston
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.

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.

February 10, 2017 - October 10, 2017 - College Station, Texas
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.

February 10, 2017 – December 2017 - Hinsdale, Illinois
Mapping Hinsdale is a fairly comprehensive cartographic display of the approximately 4.6 square miles which comprise the village. The Hinsdale Historical Society has quite a range of maps including ones from 1870, a few years before Hinsdale was officially incorporated. They show how the village's earliest developers, men who were real estate investors and speculators, planned the village. A plat map from 1870 shows the homes and lots for sale. It also shows how the various areas of Hinsdale were subdivided and labeled for the investors who purchased those plots. Another is a bird's eye view of Hinsdale drawn in the 1880s in color from above the village and looking north and east over Main Street — now Garfield — past the railroad tracks and over what would later be the hospital. There are a few Hinsdale zoning maps, which show which parts of Hinsdale were commercial and residential, and the viewer can see how that map has literally changed over time. Also there are street maps, topographic maps,and a large Sanborn map. Mapping Hinsdale is on display in an upstairs bedroom of the Hinsdale History Museum, 15 South Clay Street, which is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment. For more information, email info(at) or call 630-789-2600.

February 24, 2017 - January 7, 2018 - The Hague
The world of the Dutch East India Company can be seen at The National Archives, Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 20. This exhibition marks the digitization of the archives of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The archives are spread across various countries around the world and a large portion is preserved in the National Archives. They contain a wealth of information and have served as a unique source for research for many years. The National Archives brings this remarkable material together for the first time in a single exhibition. Visitors are taken on a voyage past two hundred years of history of unique maps, ships' logs, letters and drawings. For this exhibition fifty unique maps and charts are on display.

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.

March 30, 2017 – October 28, 2017 - Portland, Maine
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.

April 14, 2017 – December 31, 2017 – Amsterdam
Joan Blaeu's map of the world, dating from 1648, one of the absolute highlights of National Maritime Museum, Kattenburgerplein 1, is on view for the public. Its size is impressive – over 2 by 3 metres – and at the time it displayed the most up-to-date knowledge of the world we live in. This version of the map is absolutely unique. After being hidden away for a long time, the map is once again open to the public as part of the exhibition The world according to Joan Blaeu | Master Cartographer of the Golden Age. The world according to Joan Blaeu is a supplement to the popular Atlases exhibition.

April 28, 2017 – October 27, 2017 – Ann Arbor, Michigan
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.

May 5, 2017 – November 30, 2017 – Prague
This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth and the 130th anniversary of the death of Jan Felkel, the founder and owner of a globe factory in Roztoky by Prague. The Geographical section of the Faculty of Science of Charles University and Museum of Central Bohemia in Roztoky by Prague presents an exhibition
J. Felkl & Son, Globe Factory in the foyer of the Map Collection of the Faculty of Science of Charles University, Albertov 6. Open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (admission free). The exhibition presents the family firm J. Felkl and Son, which had been active in Roztoky by Prague for nearly 100 years. This, the largest Austro-Hungarian globe company, produced the best globes in 8 sizes, 10 versions and 17 languages. They also printed the first globes in national languages, not only in Czech but also in Hungarian and Polish. They were holders of two patents for special folding globes. They also offered special instruments such as telluria, sololunaria, planetaria and armillary spheres. They exported both to Europe and overseas. Their globes were appreciated in many of the world´s fairs (Paris, Vienna) and national exhibitions (Prague). Additional information from exhibit curator Eva Novotná: novotn48(at)

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.

May 23, 2017 - September 27, 2017 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
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.

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.

June 16, 2017 - December 30, 2017 - Lyme, New Hampshire
The first exhibit at the new location of the Lyme Historians’ Lyme History Museum, 15 Main Street, came about almost accidentally. “Moving made us find out what we had,” said Jane Fant, a board member and past president of the Lyme Historians. It turns out that one of the things they had were maps. Dozens of maps. The discovered trove forms the relocated museum’s inaugural exhibit, Map Mania: Maps of Lyme and Grafton County Over the Years. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to check out a variety of maps, including various property surveys. The Museum is open on Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Admission is free. For more information, call 603-795-2508 or email lymehistorians(at)

June 28, 2017 - December 10, 2017 - Baker City, Oregon
Finding Fremont: Pathfinder of the West will be on display at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Discover the story of John C. Fremont and his expedition through Central Oregon in 1843-44. Fremont’s mapping expeditions provided maps for emigrants on The Oregon Trail and beyond, launching him to fame, fortune, and a bid for president of the United States of America. Developed by the Deschutes Historical Museum in partnership with the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Included in the exhibition is the 170-year-old, seven-section topographical map of the Oregon Trail which was developed by cartographer Charles Preuss, who accompanied frontiersman John C. Fremont and his wife Jesse Benton on an expedition along the route of the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon in 1843.

July 1, 2017 – October 1, 2018 – Pittsburgh Few objects from colonial America had such a personal connection to their owners as the powder horns used by soldiers, settlers, and American Indians to store the gunpowder necessary for their survival. The Fort Pitt Museum, 601 Commonwealth Pl, will reveal the stories behind these delicately carved objects as part of a new exhibition, From Maps to Mermaids: Carved Powder Horns in Early America. In a world where firearms were necessary tools, the powder horn – made from the lightweight and hollow horn of a cow – served as the constant companion of thousands of frontier residents. While powder horns kept gunpowder dry, many owners also recognized the smooth surface of the horn as the ideal place to leave their mark. They etched names, dates, maps, and war records, as well as purely whimsical figures, into the objects. Many carved powder horns found in Pennsylvania in recent decades illustrate stations along the Forbes Road and include some of the earliest first-hand depictions of Fort Pitt. A 1764 powder horn depicts the Forbes Road between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The horn is signed by Jno. Fox, who may have been a soldier in the Royal American Regiment stationed at Fort Pitt.

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.

July 6, 2017 - September 2, 2017 - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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.

July 9, 2017 - September 10, 2017 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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.

July 13, 2017 – July 2018 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Museu Hist
órico Abílio Barreto, Avenida Prudente de Morais, 202, has an exhibition O Desafio Cartográfico do novo / Belo Horizonte – Cartografia de uma Cidade Planejada [The Cartographic Challenge of the New / Belo Horizonte and the Cartography of a Planned City]. This exhibition of manuscript and printed maps reveals the diversity of documentation that was produced during the construction of the new capital by the end of the nineteenth century. Topographical maps, cadastral surveys, and numerous maps document the development of Belo Horizonte.

August 4, 2017 - September 30, 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.

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.

August 15, 2017 - September 7, 2017 - Fayetteville, Arkansas
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.

September 2017 - October 30, 2017 - Nantucket, Massachusetts
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.

September 2017 - April 9, 2018 - New York
The New York Public Library’s extensive map collection includes a treasure trove of artistically creative cartography. When maps are embellished with pictures, as they have been since mapping began, we receive geographic information in richer, more engaging ways. Illustrated maps of New York are especially effective in offering exuberant and evolving views of a burgeoning metropolis. It seems only right, after all, that such a flourishing city be depicted with all manner of visual flourishes. Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC features a diverse selection of illustrated maps spanning six centuries, from Manhattan’s earliest days as the hub of a new Dutch colony to a lighthearted depiction of the city in the 22nd century. Exhibit can be seen in Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave), First Floor , Room 117.

September 9, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Los Lunas, New Mexico
he Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main St. SE, new exhibition Historic Maps of the Southwest includes maps on loan from the Albuquerque Museum and a large Military Reconnaissance of the Arkansas, Rio Del Norte and Rio Gila. A special traveling exhibit from Humanities, Texas, “Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest” from the years 1512 to 1873 will only be on display for the first month. Most of the maps in the exhibit are originals of the Spanish colonial era, the Mexican era, the New Mexico Territorial period and the early statehood period, such as the 1926 and 1928 automobile trail maps. One of the maps of New Mexico on exhibit comes from the World Gazette of 1917. The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information call 352-7720.

September 11, 2017 - November 2017 - London, Ontario
The Map and Data Centre, located on the ground floor of the D.B. Weldon Library, University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond St; welcomes you to our new display in the International Room called Celebrating Canada 150: a selection of maps on display to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial.

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.

September 16, 2017 – November 26, 2017 - Leiden
This autumn Japan Museum SieboldHuis, Rapenburg 19, will present highlights from the Leiden University Library Collection in the exhibition Mapping Japan. With its travel logs, illustrated atlases, colourful maps, travel routes, etches and a host of other historic documents, this exhibition will take you on a journey to the Japan of the 18th and 19th centuries.

September 17, 2017 - December 17, 2017 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Mercatormuseum, Grote Markt 1, has an exhibition Europa herbezocht [Europe re-visited]. Travel through ancient Europe with more than 100 maps produced by the Flemish and Dutch mapmakers. This beautiful exhibition, curated by Stanislas De Peuter, opens with some title pages and the most important continental maps. Using maps, you can wander around in late medieval cities like Toledo, Lisbon, Avignon, Cambridge or Budapest. Somewhat surprising are the many maps of Europe from ancient times and maps of the Holy Land. Several maritime maps are displayed. A catalogue, in Dutch, of more than 100 pages (with a separate binder with color reproduction of 40 maps) is for sale at the museum.

September 21, 2017 - November 17, 2017 – Helsinki
In celebration of the centenary of Finnish independence in 2017, the exhibit Finland in ancient cartography will offer a journey through ancient cartographic history and the representation of Finland through the centuries. The exhibition can be seen at the National Archives of Helsinki, Rauhankatu 17. The exhibition will underline the common history of the European countries and the developments of those nations and people. Over 40 maps, dated from the XVI to the first decade of the XX century, from the Gianni Brandozzi Collection in Ascoli Piceno and the National Archives of Finland will be exhibited.

September 29, 2017 - February 24, 2018 - Friborg
The Library of the University of Friborg, 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 Freiburg since the beginning of the 19th century to the present time.

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.

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.

May 2018 - September 2018 - Mystic, Connecticut
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave, announces its exhibit The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden. Joining The Vikings Begin will be an exhibition featuring the Vinland Map, a document that ignited a controversy in 1965 as it purported to prove the Vikings reached the New World long before Christopher Columbus. Is the map legitimate? Experts conclude it is not, but it still has a lot to tell us about issues of authenticity and the origins of modern America. This exhibition will place the Vinland Map on display in the U.S. for the first time in more than 50 years, allowing those who have followed the saga to see its primary evidence for the first time. This exhibition is made possible in collaboration with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

September 2018 - December 2018 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The Mercatormuseum, Grote Markt 1, has an exhibition The Dutch conquer the World. The exhibition is curated by Stanislas De Peuter, and additional details will be announced.

Last Updated on September 21, 2017 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>