Historic maps of Chicago tell all kinds of intriguing stories about the city’s origins and development: vanished creeks and woods, big projects never accomplished, forgotten ethnic groups and neighborhoods, mysterious subdivisions, abandoned industrial areas, vice districts and world’s fairs, ghosts of railroad stations and streetcar lines and freight tunnels, reminders of a constan
Please join us for our holiday party, with extended refreshments, popcorn, and several cartographic shorts. The first short film, entitled “Caught Mapping,” was produced by the State Highways Association in 1940 and shows how road maps were drawn, field-checked and printed at the time.
Many maps throughout history have had pictures on them, but something began to change in the late 19th century when purely pictorial elements began to get more play. The phenomenon really took off in the 1920s, under the influence of the comic strip and the animated cartoon, producing a “golden age” of pictorial maps. Bob Karrow will lead this spirited romp through the genre, one th
In this brief cartographic history of the last Great Lake to be discovered, Carl Kupfer will show why it took over 240 years its first sighting to produce accurate maps of its shorelines and related geographical features. This cartographic odyssey will include an examination of early manuscript maps, printed amps, charts, surveys, instruments and tools of the trade.
The voyages of Christopher Columbus set in motion a global biological upheaval, referred to as the “Great Columbian Exchange”, in which European species were introduced into the New World and New World species were introduced into Europe. During an excursion through the pampas region of Argentina, Charles Darwin noted the infestation of a native European plant (cardoon, Cynara cardunc...
In 1774, the British East India Company sent a young Scotsman, George Bogle, as their envoy to Bhutan and Tibet. Bogle proved himself a masterful diplomat and actually formed a friendship with the Third Panchen Lama of Tibet.
Last December, a map of the United States published in New Haven in 1784 sold at Christie’s auction house for $2,098,500, setting a world auction record for a map. Abel Buell’s New and Correct Map of the United States was the first of the original 13 states to have been published in America. Antiquarian map dealer Paul Cohen has made an extensive study of Abel Buell and has examined
In the spring of 1858, Colorado’s Front Range area was uncharted and inhabited only by natives. But by the close of 1859, 100,000 fortune seekers had thoroughly explored the Front Range, north of Pueblo to the Wyoming border. In their quest for gold, they left their footprints on the landscape, establishing dozens of settlements and blazing numerous trails. This slide sh