Mapping Our Past will have you thinking about our past, present and future! With National Geographic’s director of cartographic databases leading us through its 132-year history of maps at National Geographic to the changing shape of Florida to how architecture and building attitudes impact Jacksonville and our quality of life, you’ll see the indispensable role maps play in history.
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ansbacher Map Room, 4th Floor, Main Library
1 p.m. - Mapping Jax presented by Steve Williams, Urban Advocate for Smart Development.
Mapping Jax's vision is to inspire, preserve, educate, and advocate for our city's natural and built environments. This involvement will uplift a community and create an atmosphere that reflects our unique history, natural and cultural attributes while championing quality, sustainable, and appropriate downtown development that upholds Jacksonville’s identity. Mapping Jax’s mission is to support the revitalization of Downtown Jacksonville as the vibrant center of the metropolitan area for the benefit of all citizens by encouraging proven urban revitalization strategies; the preservation of existing architecture; smart planning and development; creative solutions; world-class, high quality design at all levels; street-level activation and mobility; mining story from history and the arts; and uniting the community in support of the success of our city.
2 p.m. - Cartographic Expansion and Contraction presented by Peter Cowdrey, Florida Map Expert
By examining maps, you can see the evolving perceptions of La Florida, the land whose name was bestowed on our shores more than 500 years ago by Juan ponce de Leon. As cartographers wrangled with the geographic status of Florida—whether island or peninsula, whether located in Asia or America—slowly the name Florida began to be applied to land in North America as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas. This was Florida’s expansion phase. But as other nations began to establish claims in the present-day Carolinas and Virginia, Florida entered into its long, slow process of territorial contraction. This cartographic shrinking continued until 1821 when Florida reached its present boundaries. Hear how the threat of rising seawater that is eroding our beaches and coastal plains still further, presents additional challenges to future generations of Floridians.
3 p.m. - Tracing History: 132 Years of Maps and Cartography at National Geographic presented by Ted Sickley, Director of Cartographic Databases
Journey beyond your imagination as National Geographic’s Director of Cartographic Databases, Ted Sickley, traces the 132-year history of maps and cartography of National Geographic. National Geographic has been mapping the world since its inception in 1888. The very first edition of National Geographic magazine included large pullout maps, while photographs did not appear for several years. To this day, the subscription magazines still contain additional map supplements. The presentation will trace the history of maps and cartography at National Geographic through 132 years of bringing the world to its readers. National Geographic’s maps have surveyed the entire globe and beyond, so prepare yourself to explore unknown lands, landscapes, cityscapes and celestial charts.
Check out National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler online. You can read them cover to cover every month—free—with RB Digital at the library. Click for additional help to get started. All you need is your library card account and PIN.
You can also see the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection, with more than 240 antiquarian maps and 47 engravings, in person in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room (Main Library, fourth floor), or browse the entire collection online.