Special Event at the David Rumsey Map Center
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Special Events: May 4, 2017, 5 pm and 6 pm  | Attendance is free, pre-register here to attend.
This event is in partnership with the California Map Society. Speakers will also speak in La Jolla on 5/5  and Los Angeles, on 5/6.

5 pm: Graduate Essay Competition Presentation  
By the winner of the competition, to be announced.

6 pm: Revolution: Mapping the Road to American
Independence 1755-1783

By Richard Brown and Paul Cohen
[Previously scheduled for January 26, 2017]
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Beginning at 5 pm

The event will begin with a presentation of the winner of the California Map Society/Rumsey Map Center Graduate student essay competition, where the entries require the use of maps from the Rumsey Map Center's collections.

Beginning at 6 pm

Maps and views are of utmost importance for a clear understanding of the imperial wars of late eighteenth century America.  They are not only artistically executed; they are primary sources for the histories of the French and Indian War and the Revolution, during which more territory changed hands than at any other time in military history.

Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence 1755-1783, identifies and illustrates the works that best reveal the unfolding of events that resulted in the establishment of the United States.  

Revolution relies largely on manuscript maps, often hand-drawn delineations at the “seat” of action.  Many have never been reproduced before, and some come from the personal collections of King George III, the Duke of Northumberland, and the Marquis de Lafayette.  Others are from private collections and institutions. Together they form a narrative that brings to life decades of struggle in America.

Filmmaker Ric Burns called the book “a GPS to the American Revolution” and described it as “ravishingly beautiful.”  Harvard historian Jane Kamensky praised it for casting “new light” on the subject as well as inviting “fresh thinking about the founding of the United States.”  An Amazon reviewer wrote:  "The provenance of the maps is almost as fascinating as the history they tell. To look at these maps is to see history as the contemporary map makers saw it."    

The speakers have authored a book with the same title; books will be available for purchase after the event.

These events are in partnership with the California Map Society. The California Map Society is a founding partner of the David Rumsey Map Center. Speakers will also speak in La Jolla 5/5 and Los Angeles 5/6.

David Rumsey Map Center, May 4, 2017, 5 pm and 6 pm; attendance is free, but pre-registration is required.
Pre-Register Here
Richard Brown                                                                                                                                         Paul Cohen
Richard H. Brown is a collector of maps and views of the French and Indian War and American Revolution. He is vice chairman of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center where he has been instrumental in the creation of We Are One, a Revolutionary war era map exhibition that will travel from Colonial Williamsburg to the New-York Historical Society in the fall of 2017. Richard also serves as a member of the Madison Council of the Library of Congress and a councilor of the American Antiquarian Society.
Paul E. Cohen is the co-author of Manhattan in Maps, which received the New York City Book Award in 1997. He is also the author of Mapping the West and the co-editor of American Cities. He has published numerous articles on various cartographic subjects appearing in publications including the New England Quarterly and The Magazine Antiques. He is a partner in Cohen & Taliaferro LLC, New York City, dealers in rare books and antique maps.

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