January 7, 2016 Story of Lewis and Clark's Expedition as Told Through Maps Is Subject of Book Discussion and Signing

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The expedition of Lewis and Clark was unprecedented – an exploration (1804-1806) of the Western United States in a country that now stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

A new book on their journey documents the story in maps, with most of these documents coming from the collections of the Library of Congress’s Geography and Map Division. The authors of “Mapping the West with Lewis and Clark” (Levenger, 2015), Ralph Ehrenberg and Herman Viola, will discuss and sign their book on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at noon in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is co-sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book and its Publishing Office. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The book tells the story of the Lewis and and Clark expedition in a new way: through the maps the explorers used and made. The maps present a mix of new information about the nation. They also make evident the influence of the American Indians, whose concept of a map was very different from that of the Europeans and yet so fitting for this vast new land with its unfathomable terrain.

Ralph E. Ehrenberg, chief of the Library’s Geography and Map Division, and his co-author, Smithsonian Institution curator emeritus Herman J. Viola, retrace the expedition with more than 100 images reproduced in exquisite detail.

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PR 16-011
ISSN 0731-3527