New exhibit: "Imagined Depths: Sea Monsters in Cartographic History"

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Good afternoon, Readers!

I wanted to share some great news with you today. Do you recall this post from January, “Rare Maps & Sea Monsters“? Well Mariaelena DiBenigno has been very busy since then curating, “Imagined Depths: Sea Monsters in Cartographic History”, an exhibit that is now on display at The Mariners’ Museum Library.   Read more

Rare Maps & Sea Monsters

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Good afternoon, readers!

Mariaelena DiBenigno is a special guest blogger today as a graduate student in the William and Mary American Studies Program.  She has been an intern with us for a few months and she has been working exclusively with our rare map collection. In addition to cataloging these resources, she’s been on the hunt for something more…
Read on to see what she has been up to!   Read more

ATTENTION: Wooldridge Talk Tonight!

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Hey everyone! This is just a reminder that at 7pm tonight, the renowned map collector William C. Wooldridge is launching his new book at an event right here at The Mariners’ Museum! Published by the University of Virginia Press, Wooldridge’s Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War contains hundreds of maps and represents a lifetime spent meticulously detailing the evolution of chartography during Virginia’s formative history. For those of you who can’t wait for the event to start, you can stop by The Mariners’ Museum Library anytime before 9pm and see some beautiful Dutch maps from the Wooldridge collection on display. The exhibit is called “Charting the New World: Dutch Maps from the Wooldridge Collection,” and is an excellent companion piece to the Wooldridge event at 7pm.  

The event will be held in The Mariners’ Museum Concourse area near the admissions desk. It will feature a lecture by Mr. Wooldridge himself and a display of some of his finest and rarest maps, followed by a light reception and a book signing. Remember, it starts at 7pm tonight, so bring your books!

Come for the Lectures, Stay for the Maps

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A digital version of Robert Dudley's map. Come to the event to see the original!

Lately many of my blog posts have been about maritime news, particularly the Costa Concordia disaster.  While these stories are very important, I am pleased to be able to share with you readers some exciting news.  The Mariners’ Museum Library has been granted the great honor of displaying some of our rare maps and charts at the upcoming Alan M. & Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography, presented by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society.

The Fry-Jefferson Map Society is a foundation affiliated with the Library of Virginia.  The Society’s mission is “to develop, enhance and promote the cartographic collections of the Library of Virginia”.  The Fry-Jefferson Map Society annually presents the Alan M. & Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography to help accomplish that mission.  This year will feature two lectures, entitled “Chesapeake Change: four centuries of shifting venues” and “Impacts of Rapidly Rising Sea Levels on the Erosion of the islands and low-lying areas of Mid-Chesapeake Bay”, as well as cartography exhibits.   Read more