AUBURN — The Androscoggin Historical Society will present a program on the history of mapping and how Lewiston-Auburn fits in those trends at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the society’s Davis-Wagg Museum on the third floor of the County Building.
Matthew Edney of the Osher Map Library in Portland will talk about 19th century maps.
Edney is interested in the way people think about maps and mapping. He likes nothing more than helping people understand maps and their history. He will treat how mapping evolved in the 19th century and how Lewiston-Auburn fits in those trends. How did residents, businesses and publishing companies decide how and what to record as they put our local environment down on paper and created atlases of the local area? What would you put on a map of the Twin Cities?
Edney is a professor of geography and the Osher professor in the History of Cartography at the University of Southern Maine. He is also “faculty scholar” in the Osher Map Library. Since 2005 he also has directed the History of Cartography project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A recent publication is “Cartography: The Ideal and Its History.” He holds degrees from the University of London in the United Kingdom and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Admission for this program is free, although donations are accepted. For more information about the society, call 207-784-0586 or visit www.androhistory.org. Enter the County Building at the side door on Court Street and proceed to the third floor. An elevator is available.