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We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow
Members fee ($0) and Non-members fee ($15).
 
Eldridge's map of Martha's Vineyard. Eldridge, George, -1900, surveyor. Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, Mass. : Published and copyrighted by G.W. Eldridge, 1892
Eldridge's map of Martha's Vineyard. Eldridge, George, -1900, surveyor. Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, Mass. : Published and copyrighted by G.W. Eldridge, 1892

Ronald Grim

We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence

Leading up to the Athenæum’s exhibition Collecting for the Boston Athenæum in the 21st Century: Maps and Charts, Ronald Grim will provide an introduction to the creation and content of the Boston Public Library’s current exhibition, We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence, which includes a rare Paul Revere print from the Athenæum’s Prints & Photographs Department.

The exhibition, which commemorates the 250th anniversary of American colonial resistance to Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act, explores the tumultuous events that led thirteen separate colonies to join together and forge a new nation. While some colonies passed resolutions against the Stamp Act and Tea Tax, Bostonians rioted. The story unfolds from the strife of the French and Indian War (1754-1763) through the Revolutionary War (1775-1782), and ends with the creation of a new federal government and the founding of Washington, D.C. as its home. It was during this latter period, that Americans started to create and map their new national geography.

Ronald E. Grim is currently Curator of Maps for the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. He is also Book Review Editor for Imago Mundi, the international journal for the history of cartography and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Map and Geography Libraries. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in historical geography from the University of Maryland.

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