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Lanterns at the Liberty Tree

Friday, July 31, 2015, 3 pm
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Central Library in Copley Square

Ages 5 and older

Come learn about the role of the Liberty Tree in the American Revolution, where it was in Boston and what it came to symbolize. As the colonists hung lanterns on the Liberty Tree, you will create your own lantern that says something about you and what you believe in. Finally, hang your own leaf on our interactive Liberty Tree at the Map Center.

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Rebels, Redcoats, & Revolutionary Maps

Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Richard Brown, co-author of Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783 (W.W. Norton, 2015) and a member of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s Board of Directors, speaks about maps reflecting Boston’s role during the Revolutionary War period. Ronald Grim, Leventhal Map Center curator and co-author of the We Are One exhibition catalog, discusses the mapping of America’s new geography during the first two decades following independence.

This program is presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and Boston Map Society.

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

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Author Talk: R.A. Salvatore

Saturday, September 12, 2015
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Commonwealth Salon

R.A. Salvatore speaks about world building and how geography and maps play a role in fantasy literature.

With over twenty million books sold in the U.S. alone, more than four dozen books, and numerous game credits, author R.A. Salvatore has become one of the most important figures in modern epic fantasy. Salvatore's first published novel, The Crystal Shard from TSR in 1988, became the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy. Since that time, Salvatore has published numerous novels for each of his signature multi-volume series including The Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet.

A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, Salvatore spends a good deal of time encouraging people, particularly young people, to read. He is currently at work writing the next installment in the Legend of Drizzt, and also preparing a return to the World of Corona, the setting for his DemonWars novels and the RPG game he designed with his sons.

A book sale and author signing will immediately follow the talk. This program is presented in conjunction with the Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction exhibition currently on display in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center through October 25.

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Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction

February 2 – October 25, 2015

Maps of imaginary places have accompanied literature for centuries. Visualizing the fanciful worlds described in works of fiction sets the stage for events taking place in a story, and often provides insight into the characters themselves. In this exhibition of forty items, visitors will discover maps from a variety of fictional genres, learn how authors create imaginary worlds, and appreciate why descriptive geography is essential to the story. People and creatures, even those who exist only in tales, are related to place, and maps of their imaginary worlds allow readers to be transported into the geography of fantasy.

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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 www.bpl.org/revolution.

http://maps.bpl.org/liberty

Historical Maps of Boston at the Langham Hotel

Historical Maps of Boston at the Langham Hotel

Langham

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

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (http://maps.bpl.org)