Map Display at MSEL Provides Window to Baltimore's
Part of the Baltimore Festival of
Maps, the MSEL exhibit includes this map of the Baltimore
Harbor prepared in 1916 for the Harbor Board of
By Pamela Higgins
Baltimore City's straight-line boundaries, vertical
orientation and variety of water features are
the perfect elements for great graphical presentation.
Baltimore: A Cartographer's Delight features
maps from the
Sheridan Libraries' extensive collection of more than
215,000 maps. Part of the
Baltimore Festival of Maps, the exhibit opens Wednesday,
March 26, on the M-Level of Homewood's
Milton S. Eisenhower Library and runs through Aug. 18.
On display are maps dating from the mid-19th to the
20th century, highlighting the city's
growth and development and its rail and trolley systems.
Also featured are early design plans for
Johns Hopkins' East Baltimore and Homewood campuses.
"We are delighted to provide insights into Baltimore's
rich history through our selection of city
maps," said exhibition curator James Gillispie, head of the
Government Publications/Maps/Law Library
at the Sheridan Libraries. "And we have just launched a Web
site to provide a guide to all of our
historic maps, with an emphasis on maps relating to
Maryland," he said. The collection, at
ex.html includes road, tourist and topographical
The Baltimore Festival of Maps runs through June 8
with more than 45 exhibitions, tours,
performances, lectures, workshops and films. For a
schedule, go to
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