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Travel Tuesday: North Pole

Tuesday, December 1, 4:00 pm

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center invites kids ages 5-11 to explore our world on Travel Tuesdays.
Join us in December as we visit the North Pole, learn about the arctic environment, and participate in crafts and activities!

*The first Tuesday of every month is Travel Tuesday at the Map Center

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

May 2 to November 29, 2015 – Boston Public Library

2016 – Colonial Williamsburg

2017 – New-York Historical Society

In the spring of 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.

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Liberty Tree 2015

May 2 – November 29, 2015

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Central Library in Copley Square

The Liberty Tree was a real elm tree that once stood on the corner of today’s Essex and Washington Streets in Boston. Colonists gathered there to protest what they felt were unjust taxes imposed on them by the British Parliament in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Other towns in the American colonies also adopted their own liberty trees, and they became a symbol of protest against British rule.

Visitors are invited to join the conversation and share personal responses to the question “What does liberty mean to you?” Hang a leaf on the Liberty Tree at the Central Library in Copley Square or join the #LibertyTreeBPL conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

This program is presented as part of Revolutionary Boston, a citywide commemoration. To see a full list of programs, visit

Revolutionary Boston(R) is the registered trademark of the Bostonian Society and is used by permission.

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Women in Cartography

October 31, 2015 - March 27, 2016

This exhibition recognizes and celebrates the long overlooked role of women in the world of mapping; bringing their stories, accomplishments, and most importantly their maps to light. Curated by Alice Hudson, former Chief of the Map Division at the New York Public Library, Women in Cartography showcases the works of better-known women cartographers such as Marie Tharp, who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the entire ocean floor, and Agnes Sinclair Holbrook who created the Hull-House maps, statistical cartographic presentations of social data from the immigrant rich Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago.

See the exhibition online

Historical Maps of Boston at the Langham Hotel

Historical Maps of Boston at the Langham Hotel


A selection of historical maps of New England, Massachusetts, and Boston, describing the topographical transformation of the city over 300 years from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library are on display at this hotel.

Langham Hotel
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA

Maps of the New England Coast at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Maps of the New England Coast at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor HotelMaps from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library depicting the exploration, mapping, and maritime activity along the coastline of New England are on exhibit at this hotel.

Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA

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