Starting on November 2, Chicago is playing host to a city-wide celebration to advance the knowledge of mapping and inspire an appreciation for the field of cartography. Some highlights include:
- “Maps: Finding our Place in the World” – More than 100 of the world’s greatest maps including works by Ptolemy, Leonardo da Vinci, and J.R.R. Tolkien will be on display alongside exhibits explaining how mapping technologies have evolved over the centuries. (Field Museum)
- “National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure” is a family-oriented exhibit that allows visitors to explore the world of maps and cartography. (Museum of Science and Industry)
- “Earth Revealed”, a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, is a near real-time view of NASA and NOAA data projected onto a 6-foot diameter globe suspended in mid-air.
- “Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West” features more than 65 historic maps and views from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. Notable exhibits include original maps by George Washington and Lewis & Clark. (Newberry Library)
The length of the exhibits vary, but most run into January of 2008, with some continuing on throughout 2008. For more details and a complete listing of events, visit the Festival of Maps Web site at www.festivalofmaps.org.
Source: Festival of Maps