Register for Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience, A Winterthur Conference

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 8:05am to Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 6:05pm

A Winterthur Conference

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

October 11–12, 2013

Today maps are primarily tools to help us reach our destination, but in the past they played a much more diverse role, shaping everything from commercial to social activities. They were an integral part of everyday life for citizens of the new United States. At this two-day gathering, a group of leading scholars will reflect on the material nature of American maps popular before 1900.

Join us on a guided journey through maps in everyday life, featuring discussions of maps as tools and spectacles, as disposable knickknack and art objects, as sources of fantasy, and as the glue for social community.

 Presenters include:

  • James Akerman (Director, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, Newberry Library)
  • Martin Brückner (Professor of American Literature and Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware)
  • Diane Dillon (Assistant Director of Research and Education, Newberry Library)
  • Matthew Edney (Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, and Director, History of Cartography Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Nenette Luarca-Shoaf (Guest Curator, Amon Carter Museum of American Art and Visiting Research Associate, McNeil Center for Early American Studies)
  • Margaret Pritchard (Curator of Maps and Prints, Colonial Williamsburg)
  • Jennifer Roberts (Professor of History of Art and Architecture, and Chair, Program in the History of American Civilization, Harvard University)
  • Susan Schulten (Professor of History, University of Denver)

Workshops with:

  • David Bosse (Librarian and Curator of Maps, Historic Deerfield)
  • Christian Koot (Assistant Professor of History and Director of American Studies, Towson University)
  • Joan Irving (Paper Conservator and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Winterthur Museum) and Chela Metzger (Conservator of Library Collections and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Winterthur Museum)
  • Emily Guthrie (NEH Associate Librarian responsible for the Printed Books and Periodicals Collection) and Jeanne Solensky (Librarian, Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera)


For information, download the brochure and registration form, call 800.448.3883, or visit


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