Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions


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Indefinite – Bucharest
The Muzeul Național al Hărților și Cărții Vechi [National Museum of Old Maps and Books], str.Londra nr.39 sector 1, opened to the public in 2003 and is hosted in a beautiful villa built in the 1920's. The main collection of over 1000 items belonged to Professor Adrian Năstase’s family and was donated to the Romanian state. Numerous maps are displayed on the walls of this three story villa.



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 - 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
The Touchton Map Library and Florida Center for Cartographic Education, at The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, is home to more than 8,000 maps, charts and other documents dating back from the early European exploration of North America more than 500 years ago up through the early 21st century. A rotating exhibition of selected maps from the collection can be viewed in the map gallery



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.



September 1, 2018 - Indefinite - Hershey, Pennsylvania
In today’s digital world, we’ve become accustomed to getting where we’re headed by pulling up MapQuest or Google Maps on our phone or by using a GPS system to guides us to our destination; however, that hasn’t always been the case. Since the advent of automobiles, motorists have needed to know how to get to their destination, and for many decades they relied on paper maps. Maps were given away by local gas stations, convenience stores, tire companies, banks, tourist bureaus, chambers of commerce, rental car companies, and many other businesses. Many of these businesses provided these maps as a form of advertising to get customers to visit their attraction or gas station brand. Learn more about this interesting collecting topic and see Remembering Road Maps; a display with early maps right here at the AACA Museum, Inc., 161 Museum Drive.



October 11, 2018 - September 8, 2019 - New York
A new exhibit at the New York Transit Museum is sure to pique the interest of map enthusiasts and history buffs alike. The Navigating New York exhibit in the Downtown Brooklyn museum, 99 Schermerhorn Street, highlights the city’s transit history through the lens of maps dating to the 19th Century. Through a collection of transit maps, railroad and ferry routes, biking and walking paths and other materials like guidebooks, the exhibit seeks to highlight the link between the city’s increased development and the interconnectivity of its transit systems.



October 20, 2018 - October 2019 - Lewisburg, West Virginia
The Greenbrier Historical Society has an exhibit at the North House Museum, 814 W Washington St. The entire exhibit, titled Maps and Globes: The Art of Shaping Our World, includes many Virginia and West Virginia maps and other cartographic materials. A key item on display is the Society’s original 1828 James Wilson and Sons Terrestrial Globe, recently restored. James Wilson, America's First Terrestrial and Celestial Globe Maker. Wilson was a self-taught globe maker from New Hampshire. Wilson and three of his sons operated two manufacturing plants in Bradford, Vt., and Albany, N.Y. After just a few years of operation they were able to outsell the European globe makers who dominated the American market until then. It's a real American success story. The exhibit will include the historical society’s original, fully restored Wilson terrestrial globe. Another unusual exhibit item is the first map made and engraved in America. Printed in 1794, it is a map of Virginia by Samuel Lewis.



January 14, 2019 - August 31, 2019 - Sedona, Arizona
The Sedona Heritage Museum, 735 Jordan Road, has announced the opening of their newest temporary exhibit, a display of Sedona and Arizona maps. Entitled Maps In Our Lives, the exhibit features almost all maps that include Sedona as part of their geography, yet focus on a variety of themes. Several are colorful; some are cartoonish; a few are Sedona tourism maps of the past; and others are maps that try to preserve historic routes that included Sedona before there was a “Sedona”.



March 1, 2019 - August 2019 - Fayetteville, Arkansas
A new exhibit is on display in the Special Collections department of Mullins Library; Arkansa, Arkansaw, Arkansas: 200 Years Since the Founding of the Territory. "March 2, 2019 marks an important anniversary for Arkansas, 200 years since it became a self-standing part of the United States," said Joshua Youngblood, rare books librarian and exhibit curator. "From French traders and early American settlers, to the Native Americans already here and migrating through and African Americans first arriving as slaves—the people and culture of Arkansas began to take shape during the territorial period. There are books, documents, and maps in Special Collections that the University Libraries has been collecting since almost the beginning of the university's history that detail how the territory evolved in the 17 years before statehood." Included in the exhibit are several maps of the territory from the Historical Maps collection.



March 7, 2019 - September 8, 2019 - Roztoky by Prague, Czech Republic
Central Bohemian Museum and the Geographical section of the Faculty of Science of Charles University are holding an exhibition at the Central Bohemian Museum in Roztoky by Prague, small exhibition hall, Praha 63; on the occasion of the 202nd anniversary of the birth and the 132nd anniversary of the death of Jan Felkl, the founder and the owner of the globe factory in Roztoky by Prague. Fenomén Felkl. Proslulá továrna na výrobu glóbů [Phenomenon Felkl. Renowned globe factory] presents a family firm J. Felkl and Son (1854 – 1952) which had been active in Roztoky by Prague for nearly 100 years. This, the largest Austro-Hungarian globe factory produced unbeatably the best globes in 8 sizes, 10 versions and 17 world languages. They also printed the first globes in national languages, not only in Czech but also in Hungarian and Polish. They were also holders of two patents for special folding globes. They also offered special instruments such as telluria, sololunaria, planetaria and armillary spheres. The firm Felkl and Son certainly deserves our attention, since it still represents original Czech handicraft combined with high professional level of teaching aids. There will be presented about 60 globes made in the years 1855 – 1947, plastic models of maps, craft tools, lithographic plates and lithographic press, archive documentation concerning the production of the firm and authentic photos. Objects for the exhibition have been borrowed from: The Map Collection of the Faculty of Science of Charles University, National Technical Museum, City Museum Chrast, The City of Prague Museum, Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov, private collectors and others. Additional information from Marcela Šášinková <sasinkova(at)muzeum-roztoky.cz> at +420 604 231 453, 233 29 024.



March 8, 2019 – August 25, 2019 - Dundee, Scotland
Thomas Wise was the 19th century Dundee-born doctor and estate owner who worked in India as a physician and surgeon, and is famous in West Bengal for establishing the first hospital in Chinsurah. In his spare time, he collected many local objects. Dr Wise also collected a spectacular set of maps of Tibet. Thanks to a loan from the British Library, the exhibition Wise Ways: Travels of A Dundee Doctor reunites the maps and objects. Join Dr Wise on a journey to the places he travelled and those he only visited in his imagination. Exhibition can be seen in the McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum.



April 3, 2019 - July 16, 2019 - The Hague
De geschiedenis van Nederland in oude kaarten [The history of the Netherlands in old maps] in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek will focus on maps and atlases. Each map in the exhibition shows an aspect of the Dutch past, such as the development of the Netherlands into an independent state in the sixteenth century, the eternal struggle against water, wars and the colonial past. The oldest map in the exhibition is from Germany (Magna Germania) from a book with maps by Ptolemy from 1482, on which the Netherlands can be found almost unrecognizable in a small corner. The most recent is a map of the flood disaster from 1953.



April 7, 2019 - August 3, 2019 – Denver
Maps from Denver Public Library's map collection will be on display to accompany Map Month lectures. Visualizing Colorado: Maps & Views of the Centennial State can be seen at the entrance to the Gates Room, 5th Floor.



April 12, 2019 - December 29, 2019 – Philadelphia
The American Philosophical Society, 105 South Fifth Street, exhibition Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-18th century through 1816 to investigate the way maps, as both artworks and practical tools, had political and social meaning. It features historical maps, surveying instruments, books, manuscripts, and other objects to show how maps were used to create and extend the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities in the Early Republic. draws on the APS’s extensive Library and Museum holdings. Highlights of the exhibition include a 1757 copy of the John Mitchell map of the British Empire in North America, manuscript maps from the American Revolution, surveying instruments, the first map of Tennessee as a state, George Washington’s copy of the 1792 map of Washington, D.C., and maps from the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition along with the copper plates used to publish them.



April 16, 2019 - July 21, 2019 – Paris
Retrace 2500 years of a history of science and representations with the exhibition The World in Spheres in Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, Quai François Mauriac. The exhibition was designed by the BnF and initially presented at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in spring 2018. Nearly 200 impressive works, objects of art and knowledge, from the collections of the BnF and exceptional loans from prestigious libraries and museums embody this spherical vision of the world: terrestrial and celestial globes, armillary spheres, astrolabes and manuscripts.



April 18, 2019 - December 2019- Boulder, Colorado
The Earth Sciences & Map Library, 2200 Colorado Ave., University of Colorado Boulder, will host an exhibition Protect This Land: Making Change Through Visualization which showcases a range of western maps alongside works by notable artists and student creations. The Protect This Land exhibit features both print work and photography, as well as maps that depict the relationship between art and science. Exhibit curator Naomi Heiser said the decision to juxtapose early maps with contemporary prints takes the conversation around the intermingling of art and science to a deeper level.



April 25, 2019 - September 30, 2019 - Stanford
The David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall, will host an exhibition Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain that explore the shared terrain of maps and art. The exhibition marks the celebration of the third anniversary of the opening of the David Rumsey Map Center. The exhibition will feature a variety of ways in which the two porous mediums overlap in inquiries about space, both geographical and metaphorical. Artists include Zoe Leonard, Trevor Paglen, Tauba Auerbach, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Agnes Denes, John Pfahl, Ed Ruscha, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Felix Gonzalez-Torres. There will be maps in dialogue with the art, by pioneering cartographers, such as J. C. Fremont, R. Buckminster Fuller, Richard Saul Wurman, Zero per Zero, Charles Joseph Minard, Joseph Salway, F. W. von Egloffstein, J. A. Martignoni, Isaac Frost, Sir David Brewster, and Stanford’s own Dr. Rob Dunbar.



April 29, 2019 - December 2019 – Madrid
The Spanish fleet led by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano made the first world circumnavigation 500 years ago between 1519 and 1522. The National Geographic Institute, Calle del Gral. Ibáñez de Ibero 3, exhibition Los Mapas y La Primera Vuelta al Mundo shows in a cartographic tour aspects of the trip: its background, preparations, development and consequences. Starting from the geographical concepts of the ancients, the exhibit will go through the unexpected discovery of the American continent, the Treaty of Tordesillas whereby Spain and Portugal divided the world. Among the pieces exhibited are original maps and views of cities of the time, as well as very faithful facsimile reproductions of nautical charts, maps, globes and historical documents related to the expedition; all of them of great interest in the commemoration of such an incredible feat.



May 3, 2019 - October 25, 2019 - Ann Arbor
Map Curator and Associate Director Brian Leigh Dunnigan has selected some of our most handsome and evocative holdings for the current exhibition, Things I Like Most About the Clements Library, open free to visitors on Fridays, 10-4. The Clements Library, 909 S. University Ave., is a treasure house of American history. During a 23-year career with the Clements, Brian Dunnigan has served as curator of maps, head of research and publications, associate director, and acting director. Dunnigan’s selections include poignant manuscripts, striking visual imagery and cartography, and some of his favorite materials from the collections, drawing especially from his expertise in the mapping of the Great Lakes. This valedictory exhibit in the Clements’s soaring Avenir Foundation Reading Room dwells on seven areas of commitment and illustrates the concepts with some of the Library's most evocative and handsome holdings.



May 4, 2019 – November 10, 2019 - Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., has an exhibition America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century - Part I (The U.S. Pushes Westward: Mapping America 1800-1862). During the 19th century, the United States expanded dramatically westward. Immigrant settlers rapidly spread across the continent and transformed it, often through violent or deceptive means, from ancestral Native lands and borderlands teeming with diverse communities to landscapes that fueled the rise of industrialized cities. Historical maps, images and related objects tell the story of the sweeping changes made to the physical, cultural, and political landscape. Moving beyond the mythologized American frontier, this map exhibition explores the complexity of factors that shaped our country over the century.



May 4, 2019 - July 4, 2019 - South Glens Falls, New York
A History in Maps is an exhibit of antique maps, the kind found in school classrooms a century or more ago. A set of four large United States maps, ranging from 1847-56, shows the progression of Western growth and expansion in the decades immediately preceding the Civil War. Two others depict New York state, while there’s one each for Saratoga County and South Glens Falls. Exhibit is in Historical Society of Moreau and South Glens Falls, Parks-Bentley Place, 53 Ferry Blvd.; open from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and at other times for groups of 10 or more by appointment. For information, call 518-636-3856, email:purinton73(at)gmail.com



May 6, 2019 - August 2019 - Valdosta, Georgia
A Collection of Rare Maps from the 18th and 19th centuries is now on display in Valdosta State University’s Odum Library in the rotating gallery on the first floor. The Thomas F. and Janice C. F. Armstrong Antique Map Collection contains French, Italian, English, German, and American maps that depict the growth of the southern states of America and Georgia specifically. Map dates range from 1760 to 1870. A subset of the collection is on loan to Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections from Georgia College and State University for the next several months.



May 10, 2019 - Indefinite – Amsterdam
The National Maritime Museum, Kattenburgerplein 1, has a new semi-permanent exhibition. Maps and Marvels brings together maps, globes and atlases by Dutch cartographers from the National Maritime Museum's world-leading collection. This exhibition shows how the ships found their way at sea in the Dutch Golden Age, and how these voyages defined the way we see the world. Using rare and early maps and globes, visitors travel to the locations that played an important role in the Dutch history: South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. The spectacular wall map of Amsterdam by Pieter Bast, dating from 1597, forms the starting point of the exhibition.



May 10, 2019 - July 7, 2019 and September 13, 2019 - January 5, 2020 - Little Rock, Arkansas
Acansa to Arkansas: Maps of the Land, chronicling changes in Arkansas place names, population demographics and geography via maps from 1722 until early statehood, can be seen at Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.



May 18, 2019 - October 20, 2019 – Strasbourg
Hors du monde : la carte et l'imaginaire [Out of the world: the map and the imaginary] can be seen in the National and University Library of Strasbourg (BNU), 5 rue du Maréchal Joffre. When drawing a map, one inevitably draws on the imagination; and when one deliberately invents a world, for a fictional story, one always supports it in a cartographic representation. It is this dialogue between the representation of the world and the imaginary that the exhibition at the BNU invites you to explore.



May 24, 2019 - Indefinite - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
What is believed to be an original map of Lake Geneva — found recently inside a historic lakefront mansion — now offers the public a rare glimpse of the city in its earliest origins. The map from the early 1840s is part of Geneva Lake Museum’s new exhibit Mapping the Past. The exhibit features about 30 maps of Lake Geneva and the surrounding area, including the original map showing Lake Geneva’s layout just after pioneers incorporated the new municipality in 1836. The majority of the maps in the exhibit have been donated by Edward Weed of the town of Linn.



June 2019 - March 2020 – Edinburgh
The National Library of Scotland will bring together leading intellectual, cultural, medical and scientific figures for a show that will lift the lid on the “phenomenon that changed the country’s course”. Northern Lights will recall the unprecedented “outburst” of accomplishments achieved by a diverse array of key players in the 18th century. Billed as “a showcase of the leading role Scotland took in the intellectual and scientific progress of the later 18th century”, the exhibition will feature rarely seen books, manuscripts and maps from the library’s archives.



June 5-26, 2019 – Belfast
A rare map showing Belfast with a river running through High Street, which allowed ships to dock in the18th century city is to go on display in Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North. The map dated 1791 is among a number of items on display in the library's Mapping Urban Ireland exhibition. As well as the 1791 map of Belfast, the exhibition offers a window into the development of other Irish towns and cities. The historic maps were produced for a variety of purposes, some had military or propaganda functions, while others were drawn to assist in planning the future development of towns.



June 16, 2019 - September 1, 2019 - Guntersville, Alabama
Old maps have always fascinated attorney David Jones. He's been collecting maps for about 30 years. A new exhibit at the Guntersville Museum, 1215 Rayburn Ave., will feature some of his maps as well as maps from other sources. Vintage and Historic Maps features more than 40 maps of Alabama and the surrounding area.



June 20, 2019 - September 15, 2019 – Boston
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, exhibition Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform examines how landscape architects and photographers advocated for social reform in the development of Boston, New York, and Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Using city plans, maps, photographs, and archival materials, this exhibition presents the invention of landscape architecture as a progressive response to the social and environmental conditions for working-class immigrants, and invites visitors to consider how artists and designers are addressing the contemporary urban challenges and social conditions of our time.



June 21-29, 2019 - Edirne, Turkey
An Ottoman-era map collection displaying the region of southeastern Europe known as Thrace has been put on display in an exhibition in northwestern Turkey's Edirne province, attracting local and foreign visitors and historians. The exhibition named Bird's-eye view of Edirne is being held at the Edirne City Museum with the contributions of Turkish archeologist and art historian Altay Bayatlı, who collected the maps and plans found in the state archives, including those from 18th and 19th-century Ottoman rule. The maps were hand-drawn between 1894 and 1895 by Major Selami Muhammet Bin Ali, who was an art teacher at the Ottoman Military Junior High School.



June 29, 2019 - September 22, 2019 – Amsterdam
In the former town hall, nowadays the Royal Palace Amsterdam, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, three spectacular maps were inlaid in the floor. Even today, they are still the largest maps ever made. This is not surprising, when we recall that Amsterdam was then the world’s leading cartography centre. The best and most ambitious cartographers worked in the immediate vicinity of the town hall. An unimaginable number of maps and atlases were published here, containing a treasure trove of knowledge. They brought the world within reach of the interested general public. In the exhibition The Universe of Amsterdam you will learn the story behind the maps in the Citizens’ Hall and see the most beautiful maps and atlases made in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This exhibition was produced in partnership with Allard Pierson; The Collections of the University of Amsterdam.



June 29, 2019 - August 25, 2019 - Austin, Texas
Mapping Memory: Space and History in 16th-century Mexico can be seen in the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The exhibition features a selection of maps from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. Local artists crafted these unique materials by commission of the King of Spain to deepen his understanding of his territories in the so-called New World. The exceptional aesthetic value of these maps enhances their ethnographic content. The exhibition coincides with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico, aiming to provoke reflection on the complexities of the conquest of the Americas by acknowledging indigenous perspectives.



July 5, 2019 – March 8, 2020 – Oxford
Talking Maps is the summer exhibition at Weston Library, University of Oxford. Talking Maps brings together an extraordinary collection of ancient, pre-modern and contemporary maps in a range of media as well as showcasing fascinating imaginary, fictional and war maps. The exhibition will explore how maps are neither transparent objects of scientific communication, nor baleful tools of ideology, but rather proposals about the world that help people to understand who they are by describing where they are. Additional details from Nick Millea <nick.millea(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk>.



July 19, 2019 - September 15, 2019 – Amsterdam
The City Archives of Amsterdam, Vijzelstraat 32, organised a special exhibition about Estate Atlases of Amsterdam 1559-1703. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to see a number of beautiful historical manuscript maps of Amsterdam. They are selected from eighteen estate atlas books that the Amsterdam City Archives manages. The books were compiled between 1559 and 1703 and show the land ownership of the city and of four organizations: the St. Peters Hospital, the City Orphanage, the institution providing poor relief for people in their home, and the Lepers' Asylem. With the income from rental, the four organizations achieved their goals: care for the sick, orphans, poor and leprosy.



August 23, 2019 - December 7, 2019 – Zurich
Globes, astronomical clocks and maps provide insights into pre-modern worldviews. Kosmos in der Kammer, on display at Schatzkammer der Zentralbibliothek Zürich [Treasury of the Central Library Zurich], Predigerplatz 33, shows exciting exhibits by Swiss cosmographers and the European worldview 500 years ago.



November 23, 2019 – May 10, 2020 - Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., has an exhibition America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century - Part II (Homesteads to Modern Cities: Mapping America 1862-1900).




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