Ongoing New York Map Society Secretary/Webmaster Andrew Kapochunas recommends "Unlocking Two Revolutionary War Era Maps: The Ratzer Maps at Brooklyn Historical Society." August 27, 2016, marked the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War. In honor of this occasion, the Brooklyn Historical Society is displaying two rare Revolutionary War era maps that chronicle the landscape of 18th-century Brooklyn in remarkable detail.
Ongoing New York Map Society member Jack Eichenbaum recommends you see the Museum of the City of New York exhibition: "NY at its Core: 400 years of NYC History." Jack says: "I found it AWESOME (a word I use with discretion!). This exhibit will require multiple visits, and incorporates history, geography, ecology, and culture, and the narrative uses words, pictures, maps and objects.”
1770 The Ratzer Map
Through March 11, 2018 The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the exhibition "Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence." The exhibition was developed by Boston's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. The exhibition uses maps, hand-drawn and hand-printed in the 18th and early 19th centuries, to illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War. The New York Historical Society has added rarely seen manuscript and printed maps from its premier collection to what is a remarkable selection of maps at the core of the exhibition traveling from the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Among the additions are a selection of maps drawn in the field by Robert Erskine, Geographer and Surveyor General of the Continental Army, and his successor Simeon Dewitt, and a copy of John Mitchell’s Map of the British and French Dominions in North America with the Roads, Distances, Limits and Extent of the Settlements (1755) to which John Jay added red lines to indicate proposed boundaries during the negotiations of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
Through February, 2018 The Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library announces the opening of "Beneath our Feet," an exhibition which delves into the exploration and mapping of a wide variety of underground “worlds,” from volcanoes, to catacombs, to natural gas pipelines.The exhibition begins with maps and artifacts related to subjects in the natural sciences, such as geology and geological oceanography, displaying efforts to study everything from the geysers in Yellowstone National Park to underwater features off the coast of Boston. Visitors will see how technological advances have changed our understanding of geology and landscape, and then, in the exhibit’s second major theme, how they allowed us to begin altering the underground world. Maps related to coal mining, transmission lines, drilling, and natural gas pipelines explore how humans have transformed the underground landscape through the particular lens of our energy infrastructure. Visitors can also see maps related to other human activity underground, from the catacombs of Sicily to the ruins of Pompeii.