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Library in the News, 11/2/07

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USA Today writes about a pair of different map exhibits?one in Chicago, and another that begins Dec. 13 at the Library of Congress. (Full disclosure: In today?s hard-copy version of the newspaper, the story mistakenly referred in a single instance to the exhibit?s being held at the National Archives.)

The famed 1507 Martin Waldseem?Map will be part of a larger exhibit opening Dec. 13 called ?Exploring the Early Americas,? which will also include a 1516 nautical map by Waldseem?called the Carta Marina and other navigational artifacts, among many other other items of art and history. The exhibit will feature objects from the Library?s Jay I. Kislak Collection.

?Exploring the Early Americas? marks a watershed event for the Library of Congress. The exhibition will include high-tech interactive kiosks that will allow visitors to explore our collections in greater depth than ever before, side-by-side with the artifacts themselves.

The exhibition in April 2008 will then become part of an even greater LOC experience for visitors, which ?Roll Call? dubs a ?technological candy land?(subscription required to view link). That experience will include a state-of-the-art online component that will mesh with and enhance what visitors can see in person.

Comments (2)

  1. As a lover of old maps the Waldseemüller map is great. I’ve found an almost daily way to keep my interest in maps satified (just a fan of this other site not associated in anyway).

  2. The older maps remind me of the art that has tried to capture their beauty in the present. Many artists have attempted at reflecting this beauty but none have come close to the original works.

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