Dr. Matthew H. Edney will present two captivating lectures entitled, “John Mitchell, His Map, and the Eighteenth-Century Culture of Geography” and “How to Write the
History of Maps and Mapping in the Modern World.” The first lecture will present the results of Dr. Edney’s recent research into the sophisticated work of John Mitchell.
The second lecture will explore some of the challenges of writing a history of modern cartography, while giving a plotted history of the main themes and trends in mapping
Dr. Matthew H. Edney is Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, University of Southern Maine, and Director of the History of Cartography Project, University of
In conjunction with the lecture, an exhibition of maps portraying English and French interests in eighteenth-century North America will be on display, including a second edition of John Mitchell’s map (1755–1757), given to the Library of Virginia by Mr. Voorhees.
A tour and boxed lunch will precede the lecture at 11 am. The cost for the tour and lunch is $10. The cost for the lecture (to begin at 1 pm) is free of charge for members of the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, and $5 for nonmembers. Call Rebekah Closs at 804.692.3813 to RSVP for this program.
The event will be held on Sat. March 8, 2008 at the Library of Virginia, located at 800 East Broad Street/Richmond, VA 23219. There is free parking located underneath the building.
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