Scottish rite Masonic Museum & library | Spring 2013 

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opens mArch 16, 2013

united states Chart of Knowledge, ca. 1931. 

Published by s.G. bocholtz, Chart of  

Knowledge Co. of america, boston,  

massachusetts.  Gift of Dorothy a. and  

albert H. richardson, 85.53.18.

Saturday, March 16, 2 PM

Gallery Talk, Threads  

of Brotherhood: Masonic 

Quilts and Textiles

Led by Aimee Newell, Director  
of Collections and curator of the 
exhibition, who will discuss how 
women of the 1800s and 1900s 
demonstrated knowledge of  
Masonic values with their needles 
and created textiles that serve as 
lasting reminders of skills. Free.

Saturday, May 4, 1 PM

Saturday, June 8, 2 PM

Gallery Talk, Journeys and 

Discoveries:  The Stories 

Maps Tell

Maps can chart everything from 
newly explored territories, familiar 
hometowns or distant theatres of 
war. Join Hilary Anderson Stelling, 
Director of Exhibitions and Audi-
ence Development and curator of 
the exhibition, to learn more about 
the stories maps tell. Free.

chains and other tools and then   
plotted this information on a survey. 
A cartographer turned surveys and 
other information into a drawing,  
or manuscript map. Draftsmen and 
engravers translated the cartographer’s 
drawing onto a plate from which mul-
tiple copies of the map could be made. 
Printers and publishers produced, 
marketed and sold maps. Working 
together, these craftsmen left us  
valuable and intriguing records of  
the past.  

maps for professionals  

and students

In the 1600s and 1700s, pursuing cer-
tain professions required a thorough 
understanding of how to make and 
use maps. Surveyors, soldiers and sea 
captains needed to be able to read—
and often create—maps to do their 
jobs. Merchants and politicians also 
employed maps in their work. 
 In the 1800s, maps became in-
creasingly available. As the U.S. grew, 
surveyors and cartographers measured, 
explored and mapped more of the 
country. Advances in printing technol-
ogy and brisk competition between 
publishers made maps more afford-
able and readily obtainable. Schools 
taught geography and map literacy  
to children. Educators encountered  
an understanding of the outlines and 
geographical components of the coun-
try as a way of developing citizenship 
and fostering a shared national iden-
tity. To these ends, many publishers 
produced educational and ornamen-
tal maps to help teach students, some 
even manufactured map-based games 
to help children and families learn 
more about the U.S.  

mapping conflict

Many maps—from a depiction of an 
entire continent to a survey of a single 
property—were created to let people 
know who owns what. Many maps of 
North America printed in the 1700s 
reflect power struggles between Euro-

pean nations as well as Native Ameri-
can nations’ lessening influence on the 
continent. 
 Wars also breed maps. In addition 
to charting political conflicts, maps 
can also show how battles unfolded. 
For example, to help Englishmen fol-
low important events during the 
American Revolution, London map-
makers published many views of the 
far-off colonies and towns where Brit-
ish soldiers and colonists fought for 
territory. World War II prompted the 
publication of countless maps. Some 
helped the public stay informed, while 
others were designed for soldiers’  
specific needs.

Journeys of the imagination

For years, explorers and adventurers 
have published maps to illustrate 
where they have been and depict what 
they encountered there. Some of these 
maps, published with accompanying 
expedition narratives, took readers on 
journeys that they could not have ex-
perienced in person. Combined with a 
narrative, a map could help a curious 
reader trace an explorer’s footsteps 
without ever having to leave home. 
These exploration and travel maps 
continue to spark the imagination. 
Looking at them, we can envision ex-
peditions, discoveries and adventures, 
and—most intriguingly—the past.

masonic Quilt, 1880–1920. Probably ohio. 

scottish rite masonic museum and Library, 

museum Purchase, 2002.0008. Photo by 

David bohl.

Gallery Talks