Friday, October 7, 2011

Historical Maps Roundup

Darren Murph, "'What Was There' project adds a pinch of history to augmented reality," engadget, September 18, 2011

So, it works as such. You dig up ancient photos -- a few generations prior, or even a few decades ago -- scan 'em in, and tag them to their rightful place on Google Maps. Then, folks who visit the 'What Was Here' project website or download the iOS app (all linked below) will be able to see what kind of world they'd be living in if Uncle Rico's time machine actually worked.>>>

“Toward a National Cartography: American Mapmaking, 1782-1800,” Artfix Daily, October 6, 2011

SOUTHAMPTON, MA – Boston Rare Maps, one of the country’s premier specialist dealers in rare and unusual antique maps, presents, a virtual online exhibition of antique American maps from the late 18th Century. Originally hosted at the Harvard Map Collection, Toward a National Cartography: American Mapmaking, 1782-1800 traces the evolution of mapmaking during the formative years after the American Revolution, revealing the ways in which Americans sought to transform the landscape to suit their newly established economic and political goals. Included in the exhibition are works by renowned mapmakers such as Osgood Carleton, Andrew Ellicott, John Fitch and many others. For additional information or to view the virtual exhibition online, please visit>>>

"Hawaii mapping exhibit set," Maui News, September 14, 2011

WAILUKU - "The Mapping of Hawaii," an exhibit that traces the history of the Hawaiian Islands through maps, will be on display at the Bailey House Museum from Oct. 1 to 15.

There also are two other events tied to the traveling exhibit - on Oct. 7 at First Friday Wailuku, where the exhibit will be open for free, and Oct. 8 with speaker Riley Moffat, an authority on Hawaiian maps, speaking on the mapping of Maui from 1778 to 1929 at the Bailey House.>>>

"Travel website offers a whole new way to discover history,"
Jerusalem Post, October 2, 2011

From history fans to vacation sightseers, it seems that we all flock to see historic sites on our travels. Yet, while many of us follow the traditional tourist trail, one website is offering a simpler way to discover more of the world’s historic wonders, whether they be national landmarks or hidden gems. maps the world’s top historic sites online, making it simple and easier for people to gather information and ‘visit’ great historic places across the globe.>>>

"In pictures: Scotland on the map," BBC, September 22, 2011

A new book, Scotland: Mapping the Nation, brings together historic and unusual maps as a "window into Scottish history". The Ptolemy map is the earliest known depiction of Scotland in a map. Ptolemy was a 2nd Century Roman geographer. This map first appeared in a book in 1654. The maps come from the National Library of Scotland.>>>

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