From their earliest iterations, maps have illustrated far more than simple physical boundaries of land and water. How a culture orients itself within the cosmos gives great insight into how they view their place in the world. From the fearsome sea-monsters lurking at the corners of Renaissance maps to the wholesome kitsch of 20th century American travel guides, these fascinating cultural documents reveal the journeys, large and small, of people and nations.
Here in Chicago, between Dearborn and Clark on Walton street and nestled among the stacks of one of the world's greatest research libraries, are maps unlike any others in the world. Spend an evening at the beautiful and storied Newberry library exploring treasures and oddities from their world-famous collection of maps and travel ephemera. Jim Akerman, Director of the Newberry’s Smith Center and Curator of Maps, will be your travel guide and will select items from the collection to display for you to peruse. Enjoy snacks and drinks while learning more about the borders of the world in which you live.
- Field Agent Matt Holmes will meet you inside the main doors on Walton Street.
- The Library is 4 blocks south of the Redline Clark and Division stop and #22 and #70 buses stop at Newberry's front door.
Email Matt Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thursday, April 25, 20195:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Newberry Library , 60 W. Walton St. , Chicago, Illinois, 60610, United States