We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence is hosted by the Boston Public Library's Leventhal Map Center. The exhibition tells the story of how colonists went from supporting the British Empire during the French and Indian War through the founding of their own nation and the planning of Washington, DC. Our exhibition features maps from our own collections and other institutions, like the British Library, Library of Congress, and American Antiquarian Society.
As an expert in visual culture, one of my tasks was to select historical prints and objects to complement the maps. We aimed to bring out diverse voices from the period. In the photograph above, for example, you can see our reproduction of John Singleton Copley's painting of Eilzabeth Murray. We used her portrait and a 1777 map by Copley's half brother, Henry Pelham, to tell our audience about her experience of the siege of Boston. She protected her property in Cambridge even after her husband, Ralph Inman, fled to Boston.
Interact with maps from our exhibition, or listen to the audio tour I designed. For more historical maps, check out the American Revolution Portal, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2015.
Below are some of my favorite exhibition items. I'd love to hear about yours.
Upcoming exhibitions: America Transformed: Mapping the Nineteenth Century, opening summer 2018 at the Boston Public Library; Exhibition about the history of the movement for women's votes, opening in 2019 at the Massachusetts Historical Society.