Travel Tuesday: Maps and Globes!

Travel Tuesday: Maps and Globes!

Join us for a special Travel Tuesday over February break! Make your own map and globe using both modern and historic maps as models, and test your geography knowledge with our giant map trivia game.

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

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Gallery Tour of Women in Cartography

Friday, February 19 at 12:30 pm

Discover the amazing collections of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. Tour the current exhibition, Women in Cartography, and also discover historic maps of Boston and the world from 1482 to the present.

Tour meets outside the Map Center doors and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Children welcome at parent’s discretion.


*Map Center tours are offered on the first Wednesday and third Friday of every month



Join the Leventhal Map Center at Mapapalooza! at the MIT Museum in Cambridge. Spend the afternoon exploring maps through activities, devices, art, and more! Free with museum admission.

When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA

For details, visit the MIT Museum Calendar.

Travel Tuesday: Ireland

Travel Tuesday: Ireland

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center invites kids ages 5-11 to explore our world on Travel Tuesdays. Join us in March as we enjoy crafts and activities and learn about Ireland’s geography and culture, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

When: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 4:30-5:30pm
Where: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

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

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Missing Women, Blank Maps, and Data Voids: What Gets Counted Counts

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Commonwealth Salon, Central Library

The Leventhal Map Center and the Boston Map Society welcome Joni Seager, Professor and Chair at Bentley University to talk about her book State of Women in the World Atlas.

In an age of data overload, the paucity of gender-disaggregated data persists. Mapping the status of women reveals a great deal about the state of the world, but the view is at best partial.

Professor Seager is a feminist geographer and author of the internationally renowned State of Women in the World Atlas first published in 1986. Now in its fourth edition, the atlas has been published in more than a dozen foreign-language editions; in 2016 it will be released in Persian in Iran. Joni has worked with a number of governments and the UN on developing gender-sensitive statistical protocols. She is also a globally recognized expert in the field of gender and environmental policy, and has worked around the world on projects in this field. Her book will be available for sale at the event.

This author talk is presented in conjunction with the Leventhal Map Center exhibition Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments open M-Th 10 am-7 pm, Fri-Sat. 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm. Exhibition closes March 27, 2016.

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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

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From the Sea to the Mountains: The Trustees 125th Anniversary

April 2 through August 28, 2016

In 1891 landscape architect Charles Eliot asserted the bold idea to form an organization that would “preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” At a time when land conservation and ‘being green’ was not widely discussed, his vision was forward thinking. Today, the organization he founded, The Trustees of Reservations, oversees more than 26,000 acres of preserved places from the Atlantic Coast to the Berkshire Mountains.

In celebration of their 125th anniversary, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is partnering with The Trustees on a 40-item exhibition, featuring maps, photographs, and historical items from both collections. Visitors will be introduced to Trustees’ properties, become familiar with a number of distinctive map formats, learn about natural landforms and geologic terms, and cultivate an appreciation for the natural, historical, and cultural treasures of Massachusetts.

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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