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Mapping Our Past

Saturday, January 26, 2019 (All day)

Mapping Our Past, Jacksonville Public Library’s annual affair to celebrate the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection—a true treasure comprising more than 240 antiquarian maps—returns to the Main Library. This year’s highlight will be the unveiling of the newly updated Jordan and Shirley Ansbacher Gallery to display the prized Le Moyne/De Bry Collection of engravings, which gives us the first European look of Native Americans in what is now Florida.

Miles Harvey headshot

Our keynote speaker will be Miles Harvey, award winning journalist and author of Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime and Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America.

Painter in a Savage Land Book Cover Island of Lost Maps book cover



Antique Treasures
10:00 – 1:00, Jax Makerspace
Local antique appraisers will offer on-site evaluation of your maps and antique treasures. Limit 2 items per household. Must have a valid library card. Cards can be obtained for free at the program.

Map Room Tours
Between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
Special Collections, fourth floor
Enjoy a personalized tour of the magnificent Morris Ansbacher Map Room, which holds the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection with over 240 antiquarian maps and engravings.

The Mysteries of Jacques le Moyne de Morgues
1:00 p.m., Ansbacher Map Room
Mapmaker, illustrator and explorer Jacques le Moyne de Morgues left behind a fascinating visual and written record of Native American life in 16th century Florida. But the life, career and adventures of this exceptional artist are shrouded in mystery. Who was he? What was he doing in Florida? And what became of the French fort where he lived? In his keynote talk, bestselling author Miles Harvey looks at the many intriguing mysteries surrounding the first European artist in North America.

Gallery Unveiling & Reception
2:30 p.m., Ansbacher Map Room
Help celebrate the newly displayed Le Moyne/De Bry Collection in the updated Jordan and Shirley Ansbacher Gallery with special guest speakers. Refreshments will follow the unveiling.



Young Children Read, Play, and Learn
11:00 – 11:30 a.m., Children’s Library
Beep, beep! Storytime is all about travel and transportation! This program is for children birth to 5 years with an adult caregiver. The program includes stories, books, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, and songs that promote language development, vocabulary building, and comprehension.

Story Art
11:30 a.m., Children’s Library
Climb aboard and explore the art of maps! This program is open to children up to age 5 and their families. Participants will be introduced to art activities and techniques that promote cooperation and creative expression.

Coding Unplugged: Happy Maps
2:00-3:00 p.m., Children’s Library
Let’s map it! Kids 8-12 years old are invited to an unplugged coding program designed to introduce youth to algorithms. This program will use directional commands to move a character around a map to reach a predetermined goal.

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