Open House: Maps of Washington

Woman wearing a face mask peers down at a map laid on a table with several individuals behind her
Photo by Kate Woods/the George Washington University.


Join us for a tour of the exhibition The New Naval and Military Map of the United States and special access to the museum’s collection of maps of Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area. These primary documents used for urban planning, exploration and navigation, and more will be on display in the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies.

Get an up-close look at a 1690 navigational chart detailing the coastline of the Chesapeake and Delaware bays. See a hand-drawn map made during the War of 1812 that shows the positions of British and American troops before the pivotal Battle of Bladensburg. Researchers and enthusiasts alike are encouraged to use the center to discover the records and resources of this D.C. map collection.

About the Exhibition

The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection holds a rare map of North America during the Civil War, which is embellished with portraits of political and military leaders, nationalistic scenes and statistical charts. In The New Naval and Military Map of the United States, GW students are joining the collection’s curator to research this important work in-depth for the first time. The results of their innovative investigation will be featured in this small exhibition. Learn more about the exhibition

About the Center

The Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies houses a research collection of maps, illustrative prints, newspapers and ephemera relating to Washington, D.C., history, as well as a non-circulating library. The center is open to walk-in visitors on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Learn more about the center

About Amber “Jackie” Streker

Jackie Streker began working with the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection in 2017 and assumed the position of curator in 2022. Streker curates exhibitions on American history with a focus on Washington, D.C. Her exhibitions include Best Laid Plans: Designs for a Capital City; Songs of the Civil War; and Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection. She also organizes GW’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Symposium. She holds a bachelor’s in art history from the University of Maine, and a master’s degree in art history from GW.

How to Participate

This program will take place in person at the museum. To join the program, meet us in the Woodhull House galleries on level two for a guided tour of the exhibition The New Naval and Military Map of the United States, followed by a visit to the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies. Space is limited, so please register in advance.