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Today maps are primarily tools to help us reach our destination, but in the past they played a much more diverse role, shaping everything from commercial to social activities. They were an integral part of everyday life for citizens of the new United States. At this two-day gathering, a group of leading scholars will reflect on the material nature of American maps popular before 1900.
Join us on a guided journey through maps in everyday life, featuring discussions of maps as tools and spectacles, as disposable knickknack and art objects, as sources of fantasy, and as the glue for social community.
The "Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience" exhibition was curated by Martin Brueckner, UD Professor of American Literature and Material Culture Studies. The exhibition is on view through January 5, 2014.
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