The Nobles County Historical Society Presents `Minnesota On the Map,' a Traveling Exhibit
on View from April 4 to May 20, 2011 12 to 4 week days in the lower level of the library.
Worthington, March 3, 2011 Come visit the Nobles County Historical Society between April 4th and May 20th and see "Minnesota on the Map," a traveling exhibition that features dozens of maps ranging from Louis Hennepin's 1683 map of the upper Mississippi River Valley to a satellite map of Minnesota produced by NASA. "Minnesota on the Map" illustrates how maps have documented and helped influence our understanding of the state, from early exploration to the present.
Drawing from the extensive map collection of the Minnesota Historical Society, the exhibit features 23 reproduction maps and atlases, a video station with commentary by local historians, and a bin of laminated maps that allows for an up-close look at Minnesota geography and history. Plus, an oversized jigsaw puzzle map of the state will provide an engaging element for schoolchildren and other young visitors.
Select maps include:
An 1863 map by Louis Hennepin of the upper Mississippi Valley
One of the earliest maps of North America, showing Minnesota as a new state
A map produced by the "Come to Minnesota Club" in 1947, highlighting Minnesota as a vacation paradise
A video map of Washington Ave. in Minneapolis in 1882, "geo-rectified" with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology
The "Minnesota on the Map" exhibit is based on the book "Minnesota on the Map: A Historical Atlas" by David Lanegran.
This exhibit is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be traveling to venues throughout Minnesota.
The Nobles County Historical Society, based out of the War Memorial Building in Worthington, MN, promotes, develops and interprets the history of Nobles County and its people. In fulfilling its mission, the society collects documents, manuscripts, photographs and three-dimensional objects, including those from contiguous areas that interact with the county. The Society also operates a Pioneer Village typical of small communities in the Midwest at the beginning of the 20th Century.
The Minnesota Historical Society Traveling Exhibits Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1949. Its essence is to help illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.