Mapping the Republic: 1790-1900

historical US map

Mapping the Republic is a traveling exhibition from the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine. It included twenty panels of map reproductions arranged chronologically in the Museum and adjacent hallway. These maps help chronicle the growth of the United States from its ocean-bound, colonial beginnings, through independence and into a powerful nation stretching across the continent.

Materials from the University of New Hampshire Archives and Special Collections and UNH Thompson School augmented the Osher map exhibit. Additions include: surveying instruments used in Durham from the 19th century through the mid-20th century and reproductions of Durham area maps to illustrate the products of local surveys as well as representative 18th- and 19th-century New Hampshire maps. The exhibit also provided access to digitized 19th-century maps of New Hampshire atlases and topographical maps from the UNH Library's digital collection.

Read the story and see more photos in the Campus Journal.