About this exhibition
Museum Exhibition Dates: June 4 – September 17, 2021
Exhibition Locations: Museum of the White Mountains, Main Gallery
Curatorial Team: Adam Apt, Cynthia Cutting, with support from David Govatski
Online Exhibition: Click Here
Wayfinding: Maps of the White Mountains features maps from the far and recent past, as well as map tools for today’s hikers, tourists, scientists, weekend explorers, and enthusiasts. The exhibition illustrates two broad historical themes. First, we see the development of surveying and mapping technology from the 18th century to the present, as it has been applied to the White Mountains. Second, we see the changing purposes and uses of maps in this region, as the culture, politics, and the economy have changed over nearly four centuries.
As the story of White Mountain maps progresses, we see the tremendous variety of maps, not just by type of map, but also by the range of aesthetic choices by the mapmakers, even for a given type of map, and even during relatively short periods of time. Each map describes specific places and routes, and also tells a story of the knowledge, curiosity, purposes, pleasures, and design ideas of its time. This gives the White Mountains one of the richest cartographic histories of any single mountain region in the world.
This exhibition was recently featured on New Hampshire Public Radio. Click here to learn more.
Thanks to the many wonderful supporters of this exhibition!
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Wayfinding Virtual Summer Speaker Series
Accompanying this exhibition is a special series of related lectures and presentations. The 2021 Summer Speaker Series project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.