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Past exhibits in the AGSL

(unless otherwise noted, exhibits were prepared by Jovanka Ristic)

“China, Through the Eyes of an American Airman During World War II,” September 1985.  Photographs and watercolors of China by Bert Krawczyk, along with maps of China from the WWII period.

 “Maps of the Holy Land,” December 10, 1985 – January 15, 1986.  Prepared by Christopher Baruth.

“Africa,” August 1986.  Over 100 maps and books dealing with African demography and history, in conjunction with a National Science Foundation-sponsored seminar on the demographics of Africa, held in the AGSL.

“Maps of the Holy Land,” December 9, 1986 – January 16, 1987.  Prepared by Christopher Baruth and Jovanka Ristic.

“Maps of the Holy Land,” December 9, 1987 – January 15, 1988.  Prepared by Christopher Baruth and Jovanka Ristic.

“Maps of the Holy Land,” December 1988 – January 1989.  Prepared by Christopher Baruth and Jovanka Ristic.  NOTE: for a number of years, it was “traditional” to have an exhibit of Holy Land maps up for the holiday season, so basically the same exhibit re-used and tweaked a bit each year.

 “Maps and the Columbian Encounter,” October 7 – November 18, 1992.  Exhibition of rare and historic maps, atlases, and books from the AGS Library, UWM Library’s Special Collections, the Newberry Library, and the collection of Arthur Holzheimer.  Prepared by Christopher Baruth, Mark Warhus, Sharon Hill, and Jovanka Ristic.

“Ornithological Exhibit,” February 10 – March 15, 1993.  Images of birds from 1600 through 1900, including two elephant-size Audubon prints.  Prepared by Sharon Hill.

“Historic Maps of North America,” April – May 1993.  In support of the Holzheimer Lecture delivered by Alan Henrickson on “Maps and American Foreign Policy.”

“Treasures of the AGS Collection,” June 1993 – ?.  Over 80 participants in the International Conference on the History of Cartography, being held at the Newberry Library in Chicago, visited the AGS Library for a luncheon, program, and tour, featuring this special exhibition.

“County Atlases,” ? – January 1994.

“World’s Fairs,” February – March 1994.  Prepared in conjunction with a talk on “World’s Fairs as Model Cities and Cultural Artifacts” given at the AGSL by Thomas Schlereth (U. of Notre Dame).

“Russian America,” April – May 1994.  In support of Alexei Postnikov’s Holzheimer Lecture on “The Mapping of Russian America.”

“Botanical Images,” June – July 1994.  Botanical illustrations from books in the AGSL, and maps and atlases dealing with plant geography.

“Treasures of the AGSC,” August 1994 – March 1995.  Rare items from the map, book, atlas, and photo collections were exhibited in conjunction with a tour by a group from URISA (Urban & Regional Information Systems Association), which was holding its national convention in Milwaukee in August.

“Natural Hazards,” April 1995.  Prepared to accompany the Holzheimer Lecture on “Cartographies of Danger” by Mark Monmonier.

 “Jones Island,” May – June 1995.  Early maps of Milwaukee and maps, book, and photos of Jones Island, to accompany a lecture by John Gurda on the history of Jones Island.

“Historic Books and Maps of Ireland,” July – September 1995.  Exhibit to coincide with Irish Fest and Irish School, a summer program sponsored by and held at UWM.

“Early French Mapping of North America,” September – November 1995.  Prepared for the benefit of attendees of an international conference on French literature, sponsored by SATOR, the Société d’Analyse de la Topique Romanesque.

“Ethnic Costumes of the World,” November 1995 – April 1996.  Exhibit to highlight Geography Awareness Week in November, whose theme for the year was “Geography: Passport to the World.”

“American Place Names,” April – June 1996.  Exhibit in support of the Holzheimer Lecture “What’s In a Name?” given by Alice Rechlin in April.

“The Great Lakes,” June – September 1996.  Prepared for the annual conference of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, hosted by UWM’s Center for Great Lakes Studies in June.

“Globe Symposium: The Sphere of the Cartographer,” October – November 1996.  Prepared as part of the unique exhibition and symposium held in the AGSL in October.  Globes for the exhibit were drawn from Chicago’s Newberry Library and Adler Planetarium, the Library of Congress, UW-Madison, Milwaukee Public Museum, and private collectors, including Arthur Holzheimer, the event’s sponsor.

“Milwaukee’s Sesquicentennial,” December 1996 – March 1997.  Part of the library-wide commemoration of this event.

“How the West Was Mapped,” April – May 1997.  Exhibit prepared in conjunction with the Holzheimer Lecture delivered by Norman Thrower of UCLA.

“Summer of Festivals,” June – October 1997.  Highlighting items representing the various ethnic groups holding summer festivals in Milwaukee.

“Out of This World: Maps of the Stars and Planets,” November 1997 – February 1998.  Prepared in support of a Map Society of Wisconsin lecture by Robert Burnham on celestial mapping.

 “Où est Ouisconsin? Mapping Wisconsin’s French Connections,” March – May 1998.  Exhibit of early French mapping of Wisconsin and North America, prepared as part of the “Wisconsin’s French Connections” activities taking place on campus and also in support of the Holzheimer Lecture given by David Buisseret.

“Treasures of the AGS Collection,” June – August 1998.  Exhibit prepared as part of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the move of the AGS Library to Milwaukee.

“Spanish-American War,” September 1998.  Exhibit prepared in conjunction with a conference on the centennial of the Spanish-American War, which was organized by Prof. Julio Rodriguez-Luis of the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese and held on campus.

“Mapping of Wisconsin,” October 1998 – February 1999.  Prepared to coincide with the North American Cartographic Information Society’s annual conference, which was held in Milwaukee in October and included a lecture and reception held at the AGSL.

“The Art of Cartography: Maps in the Eighteenth Century,” March 1999.  An exhibit of decorative maps prepared in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, which was held in Milwaukee in March.

“U.S. Geological Survey: Its History in Maps,” April – August 1999.  Exhibit prepared for the Holzheimer Lecture presented by Gary North.

 “Representing Animals,” September – December 1999.  Exhibit in support of a meeting and paper session of the Conference of Administrative Officers of the American Council of Learned Societies, which was held in the AGSL in October.

“Millennium in Maps,” January – mid-April 2000.  An exhibit showing examples of maps from each century of the first millennium.

“Mapping of Washington, D.C.,” mid-April – September 2000.  Prepared in support of the 2000 Holzheimer Lecture, “City of Magnificent Distances: Designing and Mapping the Nation’s Capital,” which was presented by Richard Stephenson in April.

“Geographic Education,” October 2000 – January 2001.  An exhibit including textbooks, geographical games, puzzles, posters, and other materials relating to the teaching of geography.

“Island Getaways,” February – May 2001.  Maps, atlases, books, and photographs of various islands that are popular vacation destinations.

“Treasures of the AGSC,” May – September 2001.  Examples of some of the highlights of the collection, including rare maps, atlases, and books, prepared in conjunction with the 2001 Holzheimer Lecture and AGS Sesquicentennial Symposium held in May 2001.

“IMCOS Exhibit,” October 2001.  Special exhibit of AGSL treasures put out for the visit of the International Map Collectors’ Society, which was having its annual meeting in Chicago and Milwaukee.

“Mapping of the Great Lakes,” November 2001 – March 2002.  Materials highlighting the Great Lakes region, to complement both “Academic Adventurers” and Map Society of Wisconsin lectures dealing with Great Lakes themes which were held during that time.

“Aviation and Aeronautical Mapping,” April – August 2002.  An exhibit in support of the 2002 Holzheimer Lecture by Ralph Ehrenberg on “American Aeronautical Charting.”

“Urban Mapping,” September – December 2002.  An exhibit of historic and modern city plans and views.

“The AGSL at UWM: 25 Years of Holiday Cards, 1978-2003,” January – April 2003.  To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the AGSL in Milwaukee, this exhibit featured examples of all the holiday cards prepared by the AGSL over the years, displayed together with the original items from which they were taken.

“Charting Louisiana,” April – September 2003.  An exhibit in support of the 2003 Holzheimer Lecture presented by Dr. John R. Hebert.

“St. Petersburg, Russia,” October 2003 – February 2004.  An exhibit celebrating the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, prepared in conjunction with an ACSL “Academic Adventurers” talk on St. Petersburg by Prof. Philip Shashko.

“American Treasures,” March – September 2004.  American maps of the 18th and 19th centuries were featured in this exhibit, prepared in support of the 2004 Holzheimer Lecture by David Rumsey on “New Uses for Old Maps.”

“Pen, Paper, Passport: Tales of Travel in the AGSL,” October – November 2004.  An exhibit showcasing examples of travel writing and travel maps, timed to coincide with an international conference on travel writing which was being held in Milwaukee in October.

“Travel Photography and the Western Image of Tibet: The Work of Harrison Forman,” December 2004 – February 2005.  This exhibit was guest curated by Beth Carlson, a UWM art history master’s degree student, as part of her thesis requirements.  It featured primarily photographs, as well as books, scrapbooks, and a video, all drawn from the AGSL’s Forman collection.

“People on the Move,” March – April 2005.  An exhibit focusing on population migration and diasporas, prepared in conjunction with the UWM Center for 21st Century Studies’ conference on “Routing Diasporas,” which was held in the AGSL on April 8-9, 2005.

“Mapping of the Civil War,” April – August 2005.  This exhibit of maps, atlases, and books was in support of the 2005 Holzheimer Lecture on maps and mapping of the US Civil War, presented by Earl McElfresh.

“Irish President’s Visit,” August 2005.  A number of rare maps from the AGS Library were selected for inclusion in a special exhibit prepared for the visit of Ireland’s president to the UWM campus.

“The Amazon and South America,” September 2005 – February 2006.  Maps, atlases and books focusing on Latin America, prepared in conjunction with Chancellor Carlos Santiago’s “Academic Adventurers” lecture, held in the AGSL in September.

“Mapping the American Landscape,” March – August 2006. An exhibit showcasing the mapping of America, to complement Joel Morrison’s presentation of the annual Holzheimer “Maps and America” Lecture.

“The World in 1956,” September 2006 – January 2007.  An exhibit highlighting world events in 1956, to coincide with the celebration of UWM’s 50th anniversary in 2006.

“Central America,” February – March 2007.  Historic maps, atlases and books about the region, which served as a backdrop for both an event honoring UWM geography professor emeritus Clinton Edwards and a Map Society of Wisconsin program.

 “History of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey,” April – May 2007.  An exhibit prepared in conjunction with John Cloud’s 2007 Holzheimer “Maps and America” Lecture.

“Expanding Horizons, Collapsing Frontiers,” June – November 2007.  An exhibit prepared for the national conference of the World History Association, which was held in Milwaukee and included a session held at the AGSL.  Exhibit prepared by Angie Cope.

“Mapping the Commons,” December 2007 – April 2008.  An exhibit prepared in support of the Center for 21st Century Studies symposium, “From Magna Carta to the Sky Trust: the Historical Arc of the Commons,” which was held in the AGSL.

“Millionth Map of Latin America,” May – June 2008.  Prepared to complement the 2008 Holzheimer Maps and America Lecture by Alastair Pearson and Michael Heffernan entitled, “Ordering the South: the Mapping of Hispanic America by the American Geographical Society.”

“30th Anniversary of the AGSL at UWM,” June – October 2008.  In conjunction with the AGSL’s anniversary events, this special exhibit highlighted the activities and achievements of the AGS Library during its first 30 years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.

“Suburban Gothic,” October – December 2008.  An exhibit highlighting the theme of suburbs in America, to coincide with the inaugural Willkommen GeoFocus Lecture given by John Rennie Short.

“Getting There: Finding Our Way in the World,” January – April 2009.  An exhibit of maps relating to travel and movement, which complemented the concurrent installation “Daily Navigation” by AGSL artist-in-residence Leah Schreiber.

“Commodore Perry and Japan,” April – August 2009. Focusing on maps made by Perry’s crew and other early Western books and maps about Japan, this exhibit accompanied the annual Holzheimer Maps and America Lecture given by John Schroeder.

“Geography of the Heavens,” September – October 2009.  Maps and globes of the moon, planets, and constellations and books concerning astronomy were featured, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope.

“Himalayas,” October – November 2009.  In conjunction with the Oct. 28 Wilkommen GeoFocus Lecture by Richard Marston on “Land, Life, and Environmental Change in the Himalayas,” an exhibit of historic and contemporary maps, atlases and books dealing with that region.

“Korea and the Daedong yeojido,” November 2009 – February 2010.  The AGSL’s copy of the rare Korean map, Daedong yeojido (“Territorial Map of the Great East”) was the centerpiece of this exhibit of historic Korean maps and photographs.  The exhibit complemented a day-long symposium on this map held in the AGSL on Nov. 20, featuring speakers from the US and Korea. Exhibit prepared by Angie Cope.

“Central Asia,” March – April 2010.  Maps, atlases, books and artifacts relating to Central Asia, organized in conjunction with a lecture held in the AGSL on “Iran’s Mongol Experience” by David Morgan of UW-Madison.

“US Road Maps,” April – August 2010.  In support of the April 2010 Holzheimer Maps and America Lecture on “Making Connections: Road Maps and the Nation,” presented by Jim Akerman of the Newberry Library.

“Literary Maps,” September 2010.  Maps relating to particular authors, and maps of places, both real and imagined, that figure prominently in literary works.

“The AGS Transcontinental Excursion of 1912,” October 7 – November 1, 2010.  Examples of photographs, books, maps and other artifacts from the 1912 Excursion, which was the topic of Fritz Nelson’s presentation for the 2010 Wilkommen GeoFocus Lecture.

“Sir Frances Drake: The World Encompassed, 1577-1580,” November 6, 2010 – January 31, 2011.  Organized in support of a lecture, reception and concert by the musical group “Fretwork,” which explored themes of Sir Frances Drake and his circumnavigation of the globe.  These events were jointly sponsored by the Map Society of Wisconsin and Early Music Now.

“The Cartography of Comestibles: Mapping What We Eat & Drink,” February 7 – April 1, 2011.  Maps, atlases and books dealing with the production and distribution of various foods and beverages.

“Cartographic Innovation in the Civil War Era,” April 5 – June 8, 2011.  Examples of early US thematic mapping, especially in relation to the Civil War, in conjunction with the 2011 Holzheimer Maps and America Lecture given by Susan Schulten in April.

“China Revealed: Maps and Photographs from the American Geographical Society Library,” June 13 – October 3, 2011.  A sampling of maps, atlases, books, photographs, paintings and postcards of China from the AGS Library, part of the “Summer of China at UWM Libraries” exhibit.

“Routes: Pathways of Ideas and Goods,” October 11, 2011 – January 2012.  In conjunction with the annual GeoFocus Lecture, which featured Stewart Gordon speaking on, “Routes: How the Pathways of Ideas and Goods Shaped Our World.”

“Gerhard Mercator: Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of His Birth,” February – April 18, 2012.  Featuring the AGSL’s very rare Mercator 1538 world map (one of only two extant copies), as well as other maps, atlases and books by and about the creator of the “Mercator projection.”

 “George Washington’s Vision of America,” April 24 – July 27, 2012.  Examples of maps of America George Washington is known to have owned and consulted throughout his life, as well as other AGSL materials relating to Washington, to complement the 2012 Holzheimer Lecture by Barnet Schechter on “Mapping a Life, Mapping a Nation: George Washington’s Vision of America.”

“War of 1812,” August 13 – September 26, 2012.  Maps, atlases and books concerning the War of 1812 and its aftermath.

“Napoleon in Egypt,” September 30 – November 2, 2012.  Exhibit highlighting the AGSL’s copy of the 19th century “Description de l’Egypte,” in conjunction with a talk on “Napoleon in Egypt: The Beginning of Egyptology” by Bob Brier (talk was jointly sponsored by the Map Society of Wisconsin and the Archaeological Institute of America-Milwaukee Society).

“Looking Northward,” November 8, 2012 – January 25, 2013.  Historical and contemporary maps, atlases, books and photographs dealing with the Arctic.  Complementing the 2012 GeoFocus Lecture by Lawson Brigham on “The New Maritime Arctic: Global Connections and Changing Access.”

“The Art in Cartography / Cartography in Art,” February 12 – April 12, 2013.  Exhibit focusing on the decorative elements in maps, both historic and modern, and on artists who use maps in their work.

“Andrew Ellicott, Early American Surveyor,” April 18 – August 2, 2013.  In conjunction with the 2013 Maps and America Lecture by Chas Langelan on “Andrew Ellicott: Early America’s Preeminent Surveyor,” this exhibit featured maps and articles by Ellicott, as well as early books on surveying and historic maps and books on the city of Washington, DC.

“In Good Spirits,” August 7 – November 15, 2013.  An exhibit of maps, books, and atlases about wine, beer, and breweries in Wisconsin and around the world.

“The Niagara Escarpment: Its Impact on Great Lakes Geology and Geography,” November 21, 2013 – April 4, 2014.  Maps, atlases, books, and photographs from the collections of the AGS Library, with rock and fossil samples loaned by the UWM Geosciences Department.  In conjunction with the 2013 GeoFocus Lecture.

“Mexico/Oaxaca,” April 10 – July 18, 2014.  An exhibit about Mexico, focusing particularly on the state of Oaxaca where the AGS Library’s rare 17th century Mexican document, the Ixtepeji Scroll, is from.   Books, maps and atlases, all from the AGS Library and dating from the 16th century to the present, were on display.  In conjunction with the 2014 Holzheimer Lecture.

“When the Earth Trembles . . .,” July 28 – October 10, 2014.  Maps, books, and atlases, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, about earthquakes and volcanoes around the world.

“Charting the Seas,” October 20, 2014 – April 10, 2015.  Examples of nautical charts, selected from among the thousands held by the AGS Library.  Highlights included a 1569 chart of the Mediterranean region, the first sea chart to be engraved and printed on copperplate, and a manuscript chart of the coast of Australia drawn by Capt. James Cook.

“Borders Drawn and Crossed: Women Cartographers/Geographers/Explorers,” April 19 -21, 2015.  Exhibit prepared for a conference of the IGU Commission on Gender and Geography, “Gendered Rights to the City,” which was held in the AGSL April 19-20, 2015.

“American Pictorial Maps, 1920-1970,” April 23 – December 2015.  Examples of pictorial maps produced in the US between 1920 and1970, in support of the 2015 Holzheimer Lecture by Stephen Hornsby.

“Geological Mapping,” December 20, 2015 – March 10, 2016.  Examples of historical and contemporary maps and atlases from around the world, dealing with geology.

“Borders Drawn and Crossed: Women Cartographers/Geographers/Explorers,” March 15 – April 22, 2016.  (Repeat showing of earlier exhibit which had originally been up for only the 3 days of the conference)

“Encounters in the New World: Jesuit Cartography in the Americas,” April 28 – August 26, 2016.  In support of Mirela Altic’s 2016 Holzheimer Lecture, maps and books relating to the role Jesuits played in the mapping of North and South America, and their influence on European cartographers’ representations of the New World in the 17th and 18th centuries.

“Treasures of the AGSL,” September – December 2016.  Rare materials were highlighted in conjunction with special events and tours at the AGSL: Open Doors Milwaukee, IMCOS field trip, WLA conference.

“Sampling Treasures: AGSL Materials Used in a World of Ways,” January 17 – April 7, 2017.  From children’s books to PhD dissertations, museum exhibits to postage stamps, scholarly publications to calendars – an exhibit highlighting some of the many different ways materials from the AGSL have been used around the globe.

“Flows of Illusion: Waterways to the Pacific Ocean,” April 13 – July 28, 2017.
Maps, atlases, and books from the AGSL illustrating the search for a possible water passageway across the North American continent from the late 16th to mid-19th centuries.  In support of the 2017 Holzheimer Lecture by Chris Lane.

“Early Mapping of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Region”
September 20 – November 3, 2017.
Rare maps, atlases, and books, primarily from the 18th & 19th centuries, focused on the exploration and mapping of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, and the upper midwest region.  Prepared in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries taking place at the AGS Library this September.

“The AGS Library at UW-M: Celebrating 40 Years in Milwaukee”
January 22 – March 30, 2018
In August 1978, Milwaukee welcomed the American Geographical Society (AGS) Library to its new home at the UW-Milwaukee Libraries. AGSL exhibits for this special anniversary year highlight the library’s activities and achievements over the last 40 years, beginning with an exhibit devoted to the publications of the AGS Library. (Photos)

“Early Images of South America”
April through June 15, 2018.
Maps, atlases, and books, primarily from the 18th century but with some earlier and later examples, featuring South America, with a focus on Peru and the Amazon Region.   (Photos)

“100 Years After World War I: The Legacy of the American Plan for Peace and the American Geographical Society”
June through September, 2018

“The AGS Library at UW-Milwaukee: Celebrating 40 Years Important and Unusual Acquisitions of the AGS Library since coming to Milwaukee.”
October 2018 through January 2019

“Visualizing the Moon”
February – April 19, 2019
Featuring lunar maps, atlases, books, globes, and photographs, this exhibit is part of UWM’s event series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.

“Northern North America and the Northwest Passage”
April 25, 2019 – September 2019
Maps, atlases, and books from the 16th to the 19th centuries that depict the far northern reaches of the continent and the search for the elusive “Northwest Passage.”

“Lake Tourism”
September 2019 – December 2019
This exhibit highlighted lakes and water features in the United States, using maps, books, and postcards.

100th Anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference
November – December 2019
This exhibit highlighted the role of the AGS at the Paris Peace Conference following WWI. Besides providing thousands of maps, atlases, books and nautical charts from the AGS Library, which were shipped to France for use by the American delegation, the AGS building and its staff were involved in the work of the so-called “Inquiry” which preceded the actual Conference. Starting in November 1917, a team of geographers, historians, regional experts and cartographers worked in secret at the AGS headquarters building, drawing on the library’s vast resources to produce reports and maps for the American negotiators to use at the Peace Conference.