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.”
For the 1939 World’s Fair, city agencies were invited to produce exhibits for the New York City Pavilion, now the Queens Museum. Each exhibit shared “what the various branches of municipal government are doing to serve the citizens of today.” To educate New Yorkers about the water supply system, the Department of Water Supply, Gas, and Electricity, created the relief map now displayed at the Queens Museum. A team of cartographers began work in 1938 with a depression-era budget of $100,000, roughly $1.5 million in today’s dollars. But at 540 square feet, the model was too big for the allotted space. Ten years later, it made its only public appearance in the City’s Golden Anniversary Exposition at Manhattan’s Grand Central Palace. In 2008, after decades in storage, the 27-piece relief map was in desperate need of conservation. The model was sent to McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Lab in Oberlin, Ohio and restored to its original brilliance. In collaboration with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, it will now remain on long-term loan in its originally intended home in the New York City Building.
Courtesy Queens Museum
Ongoing At the Library of Congress, Washington, DC "Mapping a Growing Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784" featuring the first map of the newly independent United States that was compiled, printed and published in America by an American. The exhibition is in the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Rare and historically important, the Abel Buell map also was the first map to be copyrighted in the United States. Seven copies of the map are known to exist, and this copy is considered the best preserved and, therefore, is the most frequently chosen for illustration of Buell’s work. Also on display will be four early maps of North America by John Mitchell, Carington Bowles, Thomas Hutchins and William Faden, which were created from 1755 to 1778. Buell most likely consulted these maps when he engraved his large wall map. A 1784 map of the United States by William McMurray, which was published nine months after Buell’s map, will complete the exhibition.
Ongoing At the Library of Congress, Washington, DC "Exploring the Early Americas" featuring the 1507 Waldseemüller "World Map," the first map to use the name America; and rotating items from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which includes rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. Also on display is Waldseemüller's "Carta Marina" or Navigators' Chart; and the Schöner Sammelbund, a bportfolio that contained two world maps and other cartographic materials. The exhibition is in the Northwest Gallery of the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress.
Ongoing "Remembering Road Maps" AACA Museum, Inc.,161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033 In today’s digital world, we’ve become accustomed to getting where we’re headed by pulling up MapQuest or Google Maps on our phone or by using a GPS system to guides us to our destination; however, that hasn’t always been the case. Since the advent of automobiles, motorists have needed to know how to get to their destination, and for many decades they relied on paper maps. Maps were given away by local gas stations, convenience stores, tire companies, banks, tourist bureaus, chambers of commerce, rental car companies, and many other businesses. Many of these businesses provided these maps as a form of advertising to get customers to visit their attraction or gas station brand. Learn more about this interesting collecting topic
Through December 29, 2019 "Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic" American Philosophical Society, 105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 The exhibition traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-18th century through 1816 to investigate the way maps, as both artworks and practical tools, had political and social meaning. It features historical maps, surveying instruments, books, manuscripts, and other objects to show how maps were used to create and extend the physical, political, and ideological boundaries of the new nation while creating and reinforcing structural inequalities in the Early Republic.
John W. Docktor's Cartography Calendars is a comprehensive listing of cartographic meetings and exhibitions around the world, including those of the New York Map Society. We list below exhibitions and lectures in the northeast corridor, and include listings for shows at art galleries that include map imagery.
Through May 2, 2020 "War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution" Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Connecticut A new exhibit shares the little-known story of Revolutionary War patriot and mapmaker Bernard Romans. Romans came to the American colonies in 1757 during the French and Indian War, surveying for the British along the Atlantic seaboard. He became a supporter of American independence, joined the Continental Army, and eventually settled in Wethersfield, CT. Both the British and Americans used Romans’ maps during the American Revolution. In 1780, he was captured by the British and died mysteriously, while a prisoner, in 1784. Incredibly rare maps from the CHS collection, published by Romans and his contemporaries, as well as earlier Connecticut maps from the 17th and 18th centuries, will be displayed.
Through May 2020 "Homesteads to Modern Cities" is the second part of the two-part exhibition "America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century" at the Normal B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library.