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Gallery Tour of From the Sea to the Mountains

Wednesday, June 1 at 12:30 pm
Friday June 13 at 12:30 pm

Discover the amazing collections of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. Tour the new exhibition, From the Sea to the Mountains, 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

Travel Tuesday Italy

Travel Tuesday: Italy

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center invites kids ages 5-11 to explore our world on Travel Tuesdays.* Join us in June as we explore the geography, geology, and culture of Italy!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 4:30-5:30 pm
WHERE: Leventhal Map Center

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

Family Open House

Family Open House: From the Sea to the Mountains

Come kick off the summer with a day of family fun! In collaboration with the Trustees of Reservations, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is hosting a family open house celebrating our joint exhibition. Families can explore the wonder and beauty of Massachusetts with games, crafts, mapmaking activities and an interactive map sand table!

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Leventhal Map Center

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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 70-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.

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Shakespeare's World

September 2, 2016 through February 26, 2017

William Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and histories were situated in a number of locations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. These plays spanned the centuries, from classical times to the Renaissance. In this exhibition of forty maps, images and three-dimensional objects, visitors will learn about Britain in the time of Shakespeare, discover centuries-old maps illustrating where the plays were set, and understand the symbolic role that geography held to the dramas.

Kronborg Castle in Denmark, known as Elsinore in Hamlet, will be highlighted in the exhibition. A 1629 Dutch map depicting the Danish Kingdom, along with a vignette illustrating “Elsenor,” will be on display. Complementing this map will be an original print of “Cronenburg” from Samuel von Pufendorf’s 1696 historical atlas. Shakespeare’s World will complement a larger exhibition which will open at the Boston Public Library in October 2016, highlighting the Bard’s first folios.

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We Are One Exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg

On Display at Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA

March 6, 2016 to January 29, 2017

We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence explores the tumultuous events that led thirteen colonies to join to forge a new nation. Using maps, the exhibition traces the American story from the strife of the French and Indian War to the creation of a new national government. When tensions between Britain and her American colonies erupted into war, British cartographers and other witnesses depicted military campaigns, battles, and their settings.

More about the exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg

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)