Past Exhibitions

  • All Aboard: Riding the Rails in New England and Beyond, 1830s – 1950s

      Railroads began to transform the American landscape as early as the 1830s. By 1850, cities were changing to accommodate the railroad industry, markets were expanding, and fortunes were being made by “men of commerce.” Railroads also fired...

  • Stately Cartography: Fifty Maps of Fifty States

    Stately Cartography: Fifty Maps of Fifty States This exhibition features fifty individual maps of the fifty states that comprise the United States of America. While we are used to encountering individual maps of the towns, cities, counties, and ...

  • Art of the Spheres: Picturing the Cosmos since 1600

    Art of the Spheres celebrates the manner in which astronomers have organized and comprehended the celestial vault, the planets, and the structure of the Cosmos. Every item in this exhibition was composed from multiple, detailed observations; all are ...

  • Go Where the Map Takes You: The Intersection of Cartography and Creativity

    Maps show many versions of our world, for many purposes, but their simplest purpose is to show the way from one place to another. The artists in this exhibition have used the techniques of mapping, and maps themselves, to show the way to the metaphor...

  • The Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities

     One of the greatest stories of exploration and discovery is the quest for the Northwest Passage, an oceanic shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific across the top of North America. Tempted with the prospect of wealth and glory, countless seaf...

  • To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War

    To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War  Americans relied on printed images to understand World War I before and after the US entered the war in April 1917. Their understanding of Germany as an enemy was shaped by propaganda maps and ...

  • The Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps

    Curated by Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby, co-editor of the Historical Atlas of Maine and author of a forthcoming book on American pictorial maps, this exhibit looks at the golden age of pictorial or illustrated maps from the 1920s to the 1960s. Reflecting ...

  • Masterpieces at USM: Celebrating Five Centuries of Rare Maps and Globes

    Curated by the OML staff and some of Maine's very own luminaries, including renowned authors, Susan Minot and Monica Wood, as well as Senator Angus King, Senator Susan Collins, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, among others, this engaging exhibit highli...

  • Staying the Course: Working Women of Portland’s Waterfront

    Staying the Course: Working Women of Portland's Waterfront will open at the Portland Public Library's Lewis Gallery on First Friday, August 7, 2015 at 5 pm. The exhibit explores the diverse roles and stories of women in maritime commerce in Portland ...

  • Women in Cartography: Celebrating 400 Years of Unsung Contributions to the Mapping World

    This exhibition recognizes and celebrates the long overlooked role of women in the world of mapping; bringing their stories, accomplishments, and most importantly their maps to light. Curated by Alice Hudson, former Chief of the Map Division at the N...