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New Lesson Plans

September 16, 2016

A third map set for teaching the American Revolution, Continental Conflict & the New Nation, 1775-1783, has been posted. This completes our map sets developed to help teachers create primary source-based lessons that help students develop critical thinking skills and build content knowledge about the events, history, and outcomes of the American Revolution and the new nation.

Migration to and within the United States in the Late 1800s & Early 1900s is a new lesson plan for teaching United States immigration.

Search for other lesson plans here.

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#MapMonsterMonday on PRI's The World

April 12, 2016

Congratulations to Education and Outreach Assistant Dory Klein, who appeared on PRI's The World to talk about #MapMonsterMonday on Instagram.

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Leventhal Map Center Announces Connie Chin as New President

March 29, 2016

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center today announced that Connie C. Chin will join the Center as its new President. Ms. Chin was elected to the position yesterday by the Map Center’s Board of Directors after conducting nearly a year long search for an individual to replace Jan Spitz, who retired at the end of 2015.

“I am delighted to be asked to lead the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. I look forward to continuing the unique and healthy public-private partnership of the Map Center, an independent nonprofit organization, with the City’s Boston Public Library. This is a moment when the Map Center is poised for strategic growth particularly in its mission areas of education for young people, and engagement for all ages, through both physical and digitized maps,” said Connie Chin.

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#MapMonsterMonday in the Boston Globe

March 14, 2016

The Boston Globe interviewed Education and Outreach Assistant Dory Klein about #MapMonsterMonday.

Read the story here and check out @bplmaps on Instagram.

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Books and Atlases on Internet Archive

March 11, 2016

A final batch of books and atlases has been digitized by Internet Archive. Over 300 books are available in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection.

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Map Believed Stolen from the Boston Public Library Is Found in New York City and Returned

December 4, 2015

Today, the Boston Public Library (BPL) announced that a map believed stolen from the library more than a decade ago, has been located at a New York City antiques dealer, and has been returned. The map, Carte Geographique de Nouvelle France, compiled in 1612 by explorer Samuel de Champlain, was found for sale with an antiques dealer for $285,000. The map, which has prominent identifying marks, was discovered by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center curator, Ronald Grim, and a third party expert has confirmed its ownership. The map will be on display in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Central Library in Copley Square from December 4, 2015 through February 29, 2016.

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See the digitized map

See the report on NECN

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New atlases on the Internet Archive

November 19, 2015

Over 100 books and atlases have been digitized and added to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection on Internet Archive

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2015 Newsletter

November 4, 2015

Our new issue of Contours is out. Pick one up at the Map Center or read it online.

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New Items in American Revolution Exhibition

August 21, 2015

New items from the British Library and other institutions have been switched in to the We Are One exhibition.

Read more about the British Library items in the Boston Globe.

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Summer Teacher Institute

August 3, 2015

From July 13-17, the Map Center held a summer teacher institute on Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution. Read WBUR's article on the workshop:

Boston Public Library Puts Teacher Training On The Map

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