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Indiana Through the Mapmaker's Eye

Mapmaker's Eye

Because of the way we use them, we assume maps to be complete and accurate. No map, however, can show all aspects of reality, so the mapmaker chooses the information that will best convey his message and sometimes slants the information to serve his purposes.

Indiana Through the Mapmaker’s Eye examines four ways people have used maps through the years: as documentation, as tools, as political images and as art. Some of the maps included in the display are an 1833 tourist pocket map of Indiana, a 1910 Sanborn Company fire insurance map of Bloomington, Thomas Kitchin's 1747 map of French settlements in North America, a circa 1880 scale model map of the University of Notre Dame, and an 1881 bird's-eye view of Mount Vernon, Ind.

Ideas for use: Showcase maps from your collection while this exhibit is on display. Indiana through the Mapmaker’s Eye is a 7-foot tall, freestanding exhibit requiring at least 220 square feet of floor space.

Click here for a detailed layout description.

To book an exhibit, please contact Karen DePauw at localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org or (317) 233-3110.