Crossings: Mapping American Journeys | Newberry

Crossings: Mapping American Journeys

A ribbon map from the 1860s that unspools to show the Mississippi River

A ribbon map from the 1860s that unspools to show the Mississippi River

Friday, February 25, 2022Saturday, June 25, 2022

Trienens Galleries


Crossings invites you to take four historic routes across the United States.

Maps, guidebooks, travelogues, postcards, and more from the Newberry’s collection recreate travelers’ experiences along the northern and southern borders of the US, across the continent's interior, and up and down the Mississippi River.

These cross-country paths have been in use for centuries whether by water, railroad, car, or airplane. And they've remained remarkably consistent despite changes in transportation, commerce, and the people who’ve used them.

But not everyone has experienced travel and mobility equally. The same paths meant “discovery” to the European explorer, freedom to the enslaved, and loss and removal for Indigenous nations.

Crossings shows how centuries of movement––from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the American road trip––have forged deep relationships between people and places that survive to this day.

Crossings: Mapping American Journeys is generously supported by Rand McNally, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jossy and Ken Nebenzahl, and Andrew and Jeanine McNally.

Plan Your Visit

  • The galleries are open Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 7 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Face masks are optional.
  • No appointments or advance tickets needed. Newberry exhibitions are free and open to all.

Tour the Exhibition

We offer exhibition tours every Thursday at 11:30 am and every Friday and Saturday at 1 pm. No advance registration required.

We're happy to accommodate larger groups. If you have ten people or more, consider booking a private tour. We ask that you schedule your tour at least two weeks in advance by contacting Rebecca Haynes at Private tours are free, but donations are encouraged.

Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to all