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Library Event to Put Ansbacher Map Collection on the Map

‘Mapping Our Past’ Will Feature Christopher Lane of PBS Antiques Roadshow,

Expert Panelists, Local Appraisals, and Activities for All Ages

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 18, 2018 — Map and print expert Christopher Lane of Antiques Roadshow fame will be the keynote speaker at Mapping Our Past, an all-day event celebrating and showcasing the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection at the Main Library. Mapping Our Past is made possible through the generosity of the Lewis and Sybil Ansbacher Family Foundation and the Jordan and Shirley Ansbacher Family Foundation. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN:    Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

                 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Main Library

                303 Laura St. – 32202

Mapping Our Past – Schedule of Events


11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Antique Treasures

Local antique appraisers from B. Langston’s will offer free, on-site evaluation of antique treasures. Limit two pieces per attendee.


1 p.m. –  Lukie Ansbacher: Florida Map Collector Extraordinaire

Map Collector Michael Fisher will provide a tour of the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection.


2 p.m. – Mapping Our Past, Present and Future

Expert panelists Ennis Davis, planner, developer, social media blogger and author of Reclaiming Jacksonville; Autumn Martinage, City of Jacksonville Historic Preservation; and Harlo Everett, Jr., Vice President, ECK Land Surveyors, Inc. will discuss the role of maps in Jacksonville City planning—past, present and future.


3 p.m. – Geographic Myths of the American Southeast
Christopher Lane of PBS Antiques Roadshow will explore myths of the American Southeast from the earliest days of exploration to as late as the 18th century, and explain how the myths influenced explorers and travelers in their time.


Children and teens can participate in fun, interactive, map-themed activities throughout the event. Visit the Jacksonville Public Library blog or website for a schedule of  all events or call (904) 630-2409 or (904) 630-1944. Children can take home an activity booklet to learn about maps.


The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please call (904) 630-1999 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

About the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection

The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection contains more than 240 antiquarian maps and engravings of Florida and Florida cities, North and South America and the world. It includes historical views and plates focusing on northern Florida. This bequest to the library is made possible through the generosity of the Lewis and Sybil Ansbacher Family Foundation; Sybil Ansbacher, wife of the late Mr. Ansbacher; and his brother Jordan Ansbacher. The collection is housed in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room in the Special Collections Department on the fourth floor of the Main Library.

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.1 million times, and over 14,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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