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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.

Exhibition Tours: Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Free tours of the We Are One exhibition are offered twice weekly by volunteer tour guides (through October 15th). No reservation required for parties smaller than 8 people. A smart phone tour of the exhibition is available at


The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years

JD_Messiah_88A2840Central Library in Copley Square (Cheverus Room)

March 24 to September 5, 2015
Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday–Saturday:9 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. The Bicentennial Exhibition draws from Handel and Haydn’s extensive archivesincluding materials housed at Boston Public Libraryand wide community to tell the story of its 200 years. Its musical legacy embodies the cultural heritage and development of the city and the nation.

Exhibition Tours: Fridays at 2 p.m. Join Teresa Neff, H+H Bicentennial Researcher and Christopher Hogwood Historically Informed Performance Fellow, for an introduction to H+H and the “not-to-be-missed” elements of the exhibition. No reservation required.

Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction

lit_lands_totemCentral Library in Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)
February 2 to October 25, 2015
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday–Saturday:10 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

Maps of imaginary places have accompanied literature for centuries. Visualizing the fanciful worlds described in works of fiction sets the stage for events taking place in a story and often provides insight into the characters themselves.

In this exhibition of forty items, visitors will discover maps from a variety of fictional genres, learn how authors create imaginary worlds, and appreciate why descriptive geography is essential to the story. People and creatures—even those who exist only in tales—are related to place, and maps of their imaginary worlds allow readers to be transported into the geography of fantasy. View the online exhibition to learn more.