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)aol.com) 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)kozlib.gr 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)lajollamapmuseum.org) or Roz Gibson (roz(at)lajollamapmuseum.org) 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)onb.ac.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 Growing 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)historydc.org).



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 2018 - 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 – January 15, 2018 – 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.



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)HinsdaleHistory.org 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.



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 26, 2017 - April 6, 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.



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)natur.cuni.cz



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)gmail.com.



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 – November 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 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.



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 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.



September 9, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Los Lunas, New Mexico
T
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 13, 2017 - January 14, 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.



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 Flemish-Dutch atlas cartography 1500 - 1700: Part II Europe revisited. Travel through ancient Europe with 104 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 - 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.



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.



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 18, 2017 - December 14, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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 20, 2017 - December 2017 - Hamilton, Bermuda
Early Bermuda maps have long been favourites of collectors worldwide, from vague and dangerous-looking first-encounter representations to lush, detail-packed manuscript renditions. But over the centuries, hundreds of remarkable maps of all types have been made of the island. Now "Bermuda Maps," a new book from National Museum of Bermuda Press, tells the full and fascinating story of Bermuda’s cartographic history. Written by Bermudian Jonathan Land Evans, and edited and produced by Brimstone Media, “Bermuda Maps” is the product of the author’s lifetime of collecting and analysing these depictions. In conjunction with the book, an exhibit showcasing a selection of maps from the National Museum’s Nancy & Brian Dupperreault will display at the Gallery, Chubb Building, 17 Woodbourne Avenue, until the end of the year. The Gallery is open Weekdays, 10am – 4pm.



October 25, 2017 - February 18, 2018 – Cambridge, Massachusetts
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.



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!



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.



November 6-15, 2017- Bratislava, Slovakia
An exhibition of maps that represents some key moments in the Armenian history can be seen at the Ministry of Culture, Nam. SNP No. 33. It is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Slovakia. In particular, maps created by ancient Greek-Roman geographers as well as medieval Islamic, Latin and Western European cartographers and geographers are currently on display.



November 14, 2017 - December 15, 2017 - Dyersburg, Tennessee
Dyersburg State Community College is excited to host an exhibit of 19 interesting and rare maps of the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee River Valley, and the southeastern U.S. The exhibit is part of the vast collection of unique and collectible maps and globes owned by world-renowned expert Murray Hudson, and can be seen in inside the College’s Learning Resource Center, 1510 Lake Rd. Hudson is the owner of Murray Hudson’s Antiquarian Maps, Globes, Books & Prints in Halls, Tennessee.



November 24, 2017 – March 29, 2018 – Cambridge
An exhibition Landscapes Below; Mapping and the New Science of Geology can be seen in Cambridge University Library.



February 17, 2018 - April 15, 2018 – Venice
In cooperation with the International Coronelli Society of Vienna, the Biblioteca Marciana will mount a special exhibition in honour of Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718), the celebrated Venetian map and globe maker who died three hundred years ago. Prof Marica Milanesi, whose recent book on Coronelli was reviewed in Maps in History n° 58 (May 2017), is responsible for the exhibition concept, with the support of Dr Orsola Braides (Marciana) and Heide Wohlschläger (Coronelli Society). On display will be maps and objects of Coronelli's life from the Marciana, as well as globes from the Rudolf Schmidt collection. A tri-lingual catalogue (Italian, English, German) will be published by Marica Milanesi and Heide Wohlschläger as a special edition for the members of the Coronelli Society. Venue: Salone Sansovino, Biblioteca Marciana, Piazetta San Marco. Additional information from <heide.wohlschlaeger(at)coronelli.org>.



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 November 15, 2017 by John W. Docktor <phillymaps(at)gmail(dot)com>