Past Exhibitions

  • To the Ends of the Earth… and Back: Selections from the Jay I. Kislak Polar Collection

    OML is pleased to present To the Ends of the Earth... and Back: Selections from the Jay I. Kislak Polar Collection, an exhibition curated by Arthur Dunkleman, Director of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, Miami Lakes, Florida. The exhibition offers a his...

  • Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

    OML is pleased to present, as part of the 2013 Maine Civil War Trail, a subset of the exhibition of the same name, curated by Dr. Ronald E. Grim and originally installed in 2011 at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center of the Boston Public Library.The e...

  • Iconic America: The United States Map as a National Symbol

    Highlights from the Fondersmith Collection of Cartographic Ephemera John Fondersmith, guest curator The symbolic use in modern American culture of the outline map of the United States of America is so widespread and pervasive that it can truly be c...

  • The Grand Tour and Development of Tourism, 1600 to 1900

    This exhibition commemorates the 400th anniversary of the publication in 1611 of Coryat’s Crudities, Thomas Coryat’s account of a five-month journey across Europe. A poor parson’s son, Coryat demonstrated that it was possible for common folk to...

  • American Treasures

    American Treasures celebrates the reopening of the newly renovated and expanded Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine. It explores the library’s rich and varied collections and its mission...

  • Printed Maps of the District and State of Maine 1793-1860

    Edward V. Thompson, Guest CuratorPrinted Maps of the District and State of Maine, 1793-1860, celebrates Edward V. Thompson’s recent publication of the same title (published by the Nimue Books & Prints in Bangor). This period is very important i...

  • Triumph of the Passenger Ship: Highlights from the Norman H. Morse Ocean Liner Collection, 1870-2010

    The Triumph of the Passenger Ship presents the experience of life aboard these grand vessels through a selection of the Morse Collection of ocean liner ephemera. Norman H. Morse assembled his collection of almost 3,000 pieces over eight decades, and ...

  • The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration in American Culture

    In the late 1800s, “Arctic fever” swept the nation as dozens of American expeditions sailed north to find a sea route to Asia and, ultimately, to stand at the North Pole. Few of these missions were successful, and many men lost their lives en rou...

  • The Changing Peninsula: Two Centuries of Portland Maps and City Views

    The exhibition was curated by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. Valuable assistance was given by Peter Morelli, Rosemary Mosher, co_founder of Orbis LLC; Harold L. Osher as well as OML staff members G...

  • Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700

    Drawn from the collection of Henry and Holly Wendt at the Sonoma County Museum, this exhibition presents thirty of the very first printed world maps, illustrating the ways in which early Renaissance Europe came to comprehend world geography. Env...