Boston Public Library

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Back to School: Geography in the Classroom

06_10_010850 cropCentral Library, Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)
September 1, 2014 to January 25, 2015
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday–Saturday:10 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

American schoolchildren have studied geography since the colonial era. Traditionally viewed as an essential subject for boys’ and girls’ education, geography was taught to small children from their earliest lessons at home to young adults studying in high school and university settings.

In this exhibition of forty maps, globes, games, atlases and related objects, visitors will follow the evolution of geographic education, examine the visual aids used by teachers in the classroom, and marvel at unique student-produced geography projects from the late 18th to the 20th centuries.