Ten in Forty: A Too Short History of Travelers’ Maps in the Early U.S.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

5:30 – 7 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Presented by James Akerman
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
Chicago Map Society Meeting

Jim Akerman examines how maps made for travelers documented and mediated the changing context of travel in the United States from 1789 to 1859. Faced with such an expansive and complex topic and only forty minutes to present it, he will focus (sort of) on only ten maps, beginning with the 1789 road atlas of Christopher Colles, and ending with the Franklin Leavitt’s 1859 map made for tourists of the New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This sample is far too small to adequately represent the complex, evolving relationship between maps and the American traveler. He hopes nevertheless to sketch out the broad contours of this relationship during the formation of a transcontinental United States.

Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm.

Cost and Registration Information 

Meetings are open to the public. We do, however, ask for a $5 donation from non–Map-Society members to help support program costs, which are covered by members’ annual dues.