Past Exhibitions

  • 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...

  • Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark

    This exhibition invites visitors on a voyage beginning in 1540 with the very first exploration of the West Coast of North America by Europeans and represents the accumulation of knowledge leading to Thomas Jefferson‚Äôs commission of Lewis and Clark‚...

  • Treasures III

    A Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education...

  • Mapping The Republic

    Conflicting Concepts of the Territory and Character of the U.S.A., 1790-1900Maps of the United States of America made by U.S. map makers in the nineteenth century embodied a truly important conflict in how Americans understood and conceptualized the ...

  • Exodus and Exile: The Spaces of Diaspora

    The word ‚Äúdiaspora‚ÄĚ once referred exclusively to the repeated scattering of the Jews away from the kingdom of Judea. Today, ‚Äúdiaspora‚ÄĚ has taken on a general meaning of the forced relocation of any people away from their homeland and into for...

  • Road Maps: The American Way

    Guest Curator - Robert FrenchAssociate Professor of Geography (Retired)at the University of Southern MaineLike jazz music, the automobile road map is an American innovation and is just as much a part of American culture. Road maps brought much needed...

  • Charting Neptune’s Realm: From Classical Mythology to Satellite Imagery

    Donald S. Johnson, guest curatorEveryone is familiar with maps and the information they contain, but few are aware of the nautical chart with its special characteristics and iconography. In the absence of land, one piece of water looks like any other...

  • Worldly Treasures: A Fifth Anniversary Celebration

    This exhibition marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. It contains a selection of cartographic treasures from the map library's collections. The definition of treasure is both ...

  • Maps of Spain from the Enggass Collection

    An exhibition tracing the cartographic evolution of Iberia through a series of maps, from 1486 through 1829, donated by Dr. Peter M. Enggass, professor emeritus of Geography and Geology, Mt. Holyoke College....