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    Hidden Treasures at the Library of Congress This Week's Hidden Treasure in Partnership with HISTORY This Week's Hidden Treasure is an exciting opportunity to examine historically meaningful and culturally relevant artifacts from the treasured collections of the Library of Congress. It's a unique chance to learn more about some of the pieces of history that have shaped our nation. The Library of Congress and HISTORY have joined forces to bring the...

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    How To Get into Princeton
    • Contributor: Hebert, John R.
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    A Key To Victory
    • Contributor: Hebert, John R.
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    Columbus's Most Prized Possession
    • Contributor: Hebert, John R.
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    The Way the World Works
    • Contributor: Hebert, John R.
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    Mapmaking...on Horseback
    • Contributor: Hebert, John R.
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    Images of America: Mount Vernon Author Patrick L. O'Neill, historian and archaeologist, discussed his book, "Images of America: Mount Vernon." In his lecture, he discussed how he researched diverse collections at the Library of Congress for his book and his challenges and successes locating and analyzing historic sites across the entire United States. Much of O'Neill's project research was conducted in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Geography and...
    • Contributor: O'Neill, Patrick
    • Date: 2005-02-10
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    National Geospatial Digital Archive: A Partnership Network Geospatial data is information such as maps, imagery and data sets that help us better understand, manage and monitor change in the present while providing insight into the past. From the first colonial maps to the time-sequenced satellite imagery of the 21st century, cartographic information has helped define our view of the country and the world. Today, cartographic materials in digitized form are being...
    • Contributor: Carver, Larry
    • Date: 2006-12-06
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    Warping Waldseemuller: Computer Modeling and the Quest to Understand the 1507 and 1516 World Maps John Hessler presents a lecture on the 1507 and 1516 world maps by Martin Waldseemuller in a program sponsored by the Library's Geography and Map Division. The maps are two of the most important in the history of cartography and have recently been added to the collections of the Library of Congress. The Library acquired the 1507 map for $10 million in 2003, and...
    • Contributor: Hessler, John
    • Date: 2006-11-29
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    Library of Congress Officially Received 1507 Waldseemuller World Map The 1507 world map by Martin Waldseemuller is often called "America's Birth Certificate," because it is the first document on which the name "America" appears. German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially transferred the map to the Library of Congress in April 2007. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer accepted the map on behalf of the U.S. government, and Merkel, Hoyer and Librarian of Congress James H....
    • Date: 2007-04-30
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    Exploring Waldseemuller's World: Changes and Revolutions Prominent scholars gathered at the Library to examine Waldseemuller's cartographic vision and to reflect on the philosophical and historical context of the map's production and reception. Experts spoke on a wide range of topics, from the history of exploration and German Humanism to the mathematical and astronomical basis of early 16th-century cartography.
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2009-05-15
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    Exploring Waldseemuller's World: Exploring the Known and Unknown Prominent scholars gathered at the Library to examine Waldseemuller's cartographic vision and to reflect on the philosophical and historical context of the map's production and reception. Experts spoke on a wide range of topics, from the history of exploration and German Humanism to the mathematical and astronomical basis of early 16th-century cartography. This session, "Waldseemuller's World: Exploring the Known and Unknown," begins a more...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2009-05-14
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    Exploring Waldseemuller's World: Scholars & Scientists 1450-1550 Prominent scholars gathered at the Library to examine Waldseemuller's cartographic vision and to reflect on the philosophical and historical context of the map's production and reception. Experts spoke on a wide range of topics, from the history of exploration and German Humanism to the mathematical and astronomical basis of early 16th-century cartography. This session, "Waldseemuller's World: Scholars and Scientists 1450-1550," examined how the transmission...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2009-05-14
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    Exploring Waldseemuller's World: Sources and Texts Prominent scholars gathered at the Library to examine Waldseemuller's cartographic vision and to reflect on the philosophical and historical context of the map's production and reception. Experts spoke on a wide range of topics, from the history of exploration and German Humanism to the mathematical and astronomical basis of early 16th-century cartography. Using the first session on the transmission of texts as a general...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2009-05-15
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    Re-Examining the Portolan Chart: History, Navigation and Science To the historian of cartography, the invention of the portolan chart is a major revolutionary moment in the history of mapping. This early map began as the workaday navigational tool of medieval mariners and later developed into a highly stylized and decorative art form. Yet the origin and development of the portolan chart is shrouded in mystery. The conference, sponsored by the Library's Geography...
    • Date: 2010-05-21
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    Re-Imagining the U.S. Civil War: Reconnaissance, Surveying & Cartography (morning session) Cartographers during the U.S. Civil War invented new techniques and mapped the country--both Union and Confederate territories--more accurately than ever before in the nation's history. The morning session of this day-long conference included presentations on "Hidden Patterns of the Civil War," "Mapping the Strength of the Rebellion" and "We Were Profoundly Ignorant of Our Country: The Struggle to Provide Accurate Maps During the U.S....
    • Date: 2011-05-20
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    Re-Imagining the U.S. Civil War: Reconnaissance, Surveying and Cartography (afternoon session) Cartographers during the U.S. Civil War invented new techniques and mapped the country--both Union and Confederate territories--more accurately than ever before in the nation's history. The afternoon session of this day-long conference included presentations on "Mapping the New Coasts of War,""Shedding a Little Light: Early Photographic Techniques Used to Reproduce Maps" and a reenactment and demonstration of the surveying and cartographic methods of the...
    • Date: 2011-05-20
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    Visualizing the Nation's Capital (Day 1-Morning) This conference showcases the unparalleled cartographic collections at the Library of Congress and engage a wide array of experts in exploring how Washington has evolved over 200 years. Speakers include James H. Billington, George Tobolowsky, Ralph Ehrenberg, Richard Stephenson, Ronald Grim, Edward Redmond, Patrick O'Neill, William Stanley, Chas Langelan, Don Alexander Hawkins, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Timothy Davis, Iris Miller, Gail Lowe, Douglas Richardson and...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2012-05-18
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    Visualizing the Nation's Capital (Day 1-Afternoon) This conference showcases the unparalleled cartographic collections at the Library of Congress and engage a wide array of experts in exploring how Washington has evolved over 200 years. Speakers include James H. Billington, George Tobolowsky, Ralph Ehrenberg, Richard Stephenson, Ronald Grim, Edward Redmond, Patrick O'Neill, William Stanley, Chas Langelan, Don Alexander Hawkins, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Timothy Davis, Iris Miller, Gail Lowe, Douglas Richardson and...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2012-05-18
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    Visualizing the Nation's Capital (Day 2) This conference showcases the unparalleled cartographic collections at the Library of Congress and engage a wide array of experts in exploring how Washington has evolved over 200 years. Speakers include Jon Campbell, Pamela Scott, Roberta Stevens, Dan Bailey, Thomas Patterson, Susan Spain and Eliza Voigt. (Day Two)
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2012-05-19
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    Redrawing Ptolemy: The Cartography of Martin Waldseemüller & Mathias Ringmann (a.m. session) An all-day conference brought together scholars to discuss the entire Waldseemüller body of work and that of his fellow cartographer Mathias Ringmann. Morning speakers included John Hebert, John Hessler, David Parsons, Susan Danforth, Daniel DeSimone, Sylvia Albro and John Bertonaschi.
    • Contributor: Various Speakers
    • Date: 2013-05-17
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    Redrawing Ptolemy: The Cartography of Martin Waldseemüller & Mathias Ringmann (p.m. session) An all-day conference bringing together scholars to discuss the entire Waldseemüller body of work and that of his fellow cartographer Mathias Ringmann. Afternoon speakers included Wesley Brown, Richard Pflederer, Surekha Davies, Marguerite Ragnow and Chet Van Duzer.
    • Contributor: Various Speakers
    • Date: 2013-05-17
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    The Origins & Collapse of the Preclassic Maya in the Mirador Basin, Guatemala: Cultural & Natural Dynamics in the Cradle of the Maya Civilization According to Richard Hansen, the concentration of large cities in the Mirador Basin in the Middle and Late Preclassic periods (circa 1000 B.C. to A.D. 150) led to the construction of the largest pyramids on the planet, the largest ancient Maya cities, the first "freeway" system in the world and the first true state-level society in the Western Hemisphere.
    • Contributor: Hansen, Richard
    • Date: 2014-04-02
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    From Terra to Terabytes: Popular Cartography, and Military and Intelligence Cartography (Morning, Day 1) Day One, morning sessions of the annual conference of the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society of the Library of Congress, established in 1995 as an association of collectors, geographers, historians and map enthusiasts, with a shared interest in supporting the programs and activities of the Library's Geography and Map Division. Speakers (including Mark Monmonier, Stephen Hornsby, James Akerman and Ralph Ehrenberg) presented a sweeping...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2014-05-15
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    From Terra to Terabytes: Popular Cartography, and Military and Intelligence Cartography (Afternoon, Day 1) Day One, afternoon sessions of the annual conference of the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society of the Library of Congress, established in 1995 as an association of collectors, geographers, historians and map enthusiasts, with a shared interest in supporting the programs and activities of the Library's Geography and Map Division. Speakers (including Keith Clarke and Timothy Barney) presented a sweeping view of the field,...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2014-05-15