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Raised Relief: Three Dimensional Maps of the White Mountains

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free Online

Presented live via Zoom with time for Q&A. Pre-registration is required.

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This program features the story of Raised Relief maps, which are three-dimensional representations of a portion of the Earth’s surface. These maps have a long history of use, dating back over 2,000-years to the Qin and Han dynasties. We will review the history of relief maps in our region, starting with the 1872 George Snow Relief Map of the White Mountains. Following that commercial success, several years later came the Relief Map of the White Mountains by Joseph Schedler. In 1931, Rodney Woodard, working at Pinkham Notch Camp for the A. M. C. developed a unique process of making relief maps. Examples of his work and the original mold used to make these maps are on display. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps produced several raised relief maps of the White Mountains and for other parts of the country. A sample of their work is on permanent display at the MWM. We will also look at more current raised relief maps on display around the White Mountains.  

David Govatski retired from the US Forest Service after a 33-year career as a Forester and Silviculturist. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Silviculture from the US Forest Service. David used maps and aerial photography in his daily work. He has had a life-long interest in maps and cartography. David also taught map reading and map interpretation for the U. S. Army. 

Presented as part of the Museum’s summer exhibition: Wayfinding: Maps of the White Mountains. The Virtual Summer 2020 Speaker Series was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at 


July 14
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free Online