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We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence

We Are One thumbnailCentral Library in Copley Square (McKim Exhibition Hall)

May 2 to November 29, 2015
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday–Saturday:10 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

Featuring 60 maps and 40 prints, paintings and objects, this major gallery exhibition traces the American story from the French and Indian War to the creation of a new national government and the founding of Washington, D.C. as its home.

Organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, We Are One features treasures from the Boston Public Library, the British Library, Library of Congress, and others. Highlights include rare and historically significant items that have not been previously exhibited. Visit the exhibition web page to view an online exhibition, browse Revolutionary War era maps, and explore related resources.

A smart phone tour of the exhibition is available at


Bermuda_WiCWomen in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments

Central Library in Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)

October 31, 2015 through March 27, 2016

Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday–Saturday:    10 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

Histories of map-making generally emphasize the role of men; however, since the advent of the printed map, women have worked as colorists, engravers, shop owners and publishers, and most importantly as map-makers themselves. Women are active in all aspects of cartography today, and are leaders in the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital mapping. In this exhibition of forty maps, globes, atlases and works of art from the 17th century to the present, visitors will encounter works by female map creators, designers and educators, learn about the various cartographic skills employed by women over the centuries, and observe the transition of women in cartography from marginalized, to celebrated.

View the online exhibition.