Exhibit Section

  • Maps of ‘Staying the Course’

    From war-time welders, fishermen's wives, and net makers to fishpackers, pilots and boardinghouse keepers, Staying the Course explores the diverse roles and stories of the women involved in the maritime commerce of Portland from both historical and c...

  • IV. Women, CIties, and Spatial Analysis

    View Exhibition ChecklistWomen have made significant contributions to the mapping of the social and physical worlds in the twentieth and twenty-first century. From the artistic creations of Paula Scher and Ruth Taylor [White] to the practical mapping...

  • III. Women and Pedagogy

    View Exhibition ChecklistIn the nineteenth century, American schools paid great attention to teaching geography and there was a large market for new and improved versions of educational geographies, often written by women. Such work is represented he...

  • II. Women and the Modern Mapping of Place

    View Exhibition Checklist After being excluded from more formal mapping activities from the turn of the 19th century, women artists participated prominently in the development of new markets for tourist and other pictorial maps beginning in the 1920...

  • I. Women in the Early Modern Map Trades: Engravers, Printers, Publishers

    View Exhibition Checklist Women were full, if rarely acknowledged, participants in the map trade of the early modern period (1453-1789). They worked as colorists, engravers, printers, and publishers, producing hundreds of high quality cartographic i...

  • 8. Curator Interview

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  • 7. Modern Geographical Education

    Educational reformers in the late eighteenth century, such as Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi in Switzerland, proposed that the best way to learn geography was for children to make their own maps, copying from printed masters. This practice quickly became...

  • 6. Early Marine Mapping

    The decoration on “portolan” charts of the Mediterranean Sea — all hand-drawn on sheepskin (“vellum”) — varied according to the amount that their owners were willing to pay. Whoever commissioned item 28, from one of a family of chart make...

  • 5. Early Geographical Education

    Before the modern era of mass literacy and public instruction, education was a private and socially limited endeavor. While many geography books and atlases were printed for elite readers, initial education and further learning was conducted in hand-...

  • 4. Mapping Landscapes and Places

    Places are more than just locations; they have significance. That significance combines landscape, human modifications and activities, and cultural meaning, which together distinguish one place from all others. Maps are a key element in place making....