Early Maps of Galena and Illinois – Temporary Exhibit
Cartography (the drawing of maps) can provide insight into the settlement, growth, demographics and daily life of a region, as well as the movement of populations within that area. This temporary museum exhibit uses many maps as the basis for a fresh examination of Galena as seen through the eyes of the cartographers of the day.
Exhibit themes include: 1) surveying and settlement of the state; 2) land and water transportation to and from northwest Illinois; 3) lead mining in Illinois; 4) life’s hardships on the old frontier; and 5) mapping as a discipline into the modern age.
Complementary artifacts from the museum collection — a metal printing plate used to replicate a city map for use in the public sector, a series of county plat maps, and other images and items — add context to the overarching themes.
“Dan’s involvement and generosity have made this exhibit possible,” Curator Ray Werner says. “He has a keen appreciation for the history of this region, especially as it has been conveyed through maps. The items he has shared with us are of the highest quality and historical significance, and are worthy of an exhibit in the museum.”
Map your next visit to the museum today!