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Posted on: November 30, 2016

[ARCHIVED] John Smith’s Maps: Icons of American Memory

John Smith VA map

John Smith’s map of Virginia, published in 1612, is the foundational map of Virginia. It was the first to depict accurately Virginia’s Tidewater region, the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, and portions of present day Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware. It is still used and consulted by scholars today, as is Smith’s promotional map of New England.

In her talk Farrell will examine how these maps have been used in ceremonies and celebrations pertaining to Virginia and New England as well as in the promotional and exhibition materials narrating the regions’ distinctive histories. She will also illustrate the way the maps’ images have become icons of the state of Virginia and the New England region.

This program is free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch--we'll have free dessert for you!

The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information call 757-727-1102.

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