Current Exhibitions

We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence

Boston Public Library - May 2 to November 29, 2015
Colonial Williamsburg - February 2016 through January 2017
New-York Historical Society - November 2017 through March 2018

Opening May 2, 2015, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center will present an exhibition that commemorates the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. This pivotal moment sparked American opposition to Britain’s restrictive colonial policies, particularly taxation without representation, which was established to help pay for troops stationed in the colonies during the French and Indian War (1756-1763). Protestors in Boston hung one of the tax collectors in effigy on an elm tree near the Boston Common. The tree became known as the Liberty Tree, and the loose organization of protestors were known as the Sons of Liberty. This early opposition throughout the colonies to British imperial control set the stage for growing opposition to British rule during the next ten years, resulting in the American Revolutionary War.

Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments

October 31, 2015 - March 27, 2016

Histories of map-making generally emphasize the role of men; however, since the advent of the printed map, women have worked as colorists, engravers, shop owners and publishers, and most importantly as map-makers themselves. Women are active in all aspects of cartography today, and are leaders in the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital mapping. In this exhibition of forty maps, globes, atlases and works of art from the 17th century to the present, visitors will encounter works by female map creators, designers and educators, learn about the various cartographic skills employed by women over the centuries, and observe the transition of women in cartography from marginalized, to celebrated.maps, statistical cartographic presentations of social data from the immigrant rich Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago.

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