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Colorful historical map of Chesapeake Bay Area


The Language of Maps



March 12-August 27, 2022

Before the digital age, generations of explorers, governments, scientists and travelers relied on printed maps for navigation, military strategy, urban planning and more. Drawing from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, this exhibition brings together maps from the 17th to the 20th centuries, each with its own symbolic language and story.