Maps Get a New History!

Celebrating the publication HOC6p1of Volume Six
of the History of Cartography

Cartography in the Twentieth Century

Why do maps need a new history? Maps and mapping technology have become global in every sense of the word—appearing like magic on our hand-held devices, influencing our news, informing education, describing the human genome, and inspiring poetry. People, cultures, and societies have produced and used maps through the ages. The History of Cartography Project has now published a new volume that examines mapping in the twentieth century.

HOC6p2On Saturday, April 25th, please join the Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries, and Friends of the Libraries in celebrating the recent release of Cartography in the Twentieth Century, edited by Mark Monmonier. This is Volume Six of The History of Cartography series.

Parking is available at the Lake Street ramp or below Helen C. White Library on N. Park Street. Use the rear entrance to access Science Hall without stairs.

4:00–5:00 pm: Presentation by Matthew Edney, History of Cartography Project Director, Room 180

5:00–7:00 pm: Reception in the Geography Library, 2nd Floor

Be among the first to browse the print and e-book versions of Volume Six! Talk with Project editors and staff, enjoy interactive displays, and tour the Arthur H. Robinson Map Library and the Cartography Lab.

complementary exhibit, Mapmaking: Sources from the Geography Library, Map Library, and Special Collections will be on display at the Memorial Library (728 State Street, Memorial Library, Room 976). The exhibit runs April 15 – August 14, 2015, with special hours on Saturday, April 25 from 1:00-4:00 pm.

The History of Cartography is an award-winning series, published by the University of Chicago Press, which investigates maps as the products of human art, politics, science, and life. Earlier publications in the series cover prehistory through the Renaissance and are freely accessible online at Volumes studying the Enlightenment and nineteenth century are well underway. Volume Six uses 529 articles contributed by more than 300 experts and more than 1,100 full-color images to discuss a wide range of topics, including how twentieth-century cartography has been a tool for coping with complexity, organizing knowledge, and influencing public opinion.

Modonatere information on Volume Six, including how to order a copy, can be found on the History of Cartography Project website.

Special thanks to UW-Madison Libraries & Friends of the Libraries for co-sponsoring the event.


Author: Geography Staff

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