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Fri, 09 Nov 2018 19:04:53 +0000
Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at The Library Of Congress
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Fri, 02 Nov 2018 18:15:24 +0000
Mapping Armistice Day: 11 November 1918
The following post is by Ryan Moore, a cartographic specialist in the Geography and Map Division. At 11 am on November 11, 1918, the long and terrible fighting that was known as the Great War ended. The final hour of the final day of World War I, as it is known today, was documented by […] [ + ]
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 18:12:50 +0000
Extremities of the Earth: The Longest River (Part 2)
In Part 1 of this post, we discussed the Amazon River in South America as a contender for the title of the longest river on Earth. While arguments have been made by some cartographers that the Amazon should be given this distinction, it is traditionally held by most that the longest river in the world […] [ + ]
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:29:33 +0000
Announcing GIS Day at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, November 14th!
The Library of Congress is proud to celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14th, with a morning of engaging talks and discussions on the theme of “GIS in K-12 Education: from Data to STEM.” We are pleased to feature Representative Bruce Westerman (AR-4), who will speak about the Geospatial Data Act and the role of […] [ + ]
Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:16:57 +0000
Extremities of the Earth: The Longest River (Part 1)
The Amazon or the Nile? The debate over which deserves the title of longest river is centuries old. Determining the world’s longest river is not a simple matter of using a measuring tape to find the distance! In this new post in our Extremities of the Earth series, we will explore these two mighty waterways […] [ + ]
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:58:27 +0000
Mapping the Way to Nirvana: a Burmese Theravada Buddhist Carving
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. –Guatama Buddha Recently, the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map Division, acquired a rare eighteenth century carving of a Theravada Buddhist cosmography that originally came from Myanmar (formerly known […] [ + ]
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:33:24 +0000
Exploring County Land Ownership Maps
The following post is adapted from an essay written by Richard W. Stephenson, former Specialist in American Cartographic History at the Library of Congress, in “Land Ownership Maps: A Checklist of Nineteenth Century Unites States County Maps in the Library of Congress.” The essay has been edited and updated by Ed Redmond, a cartographic reference […] [ + ]
Thu, 06 Sep 2018 19:35:35 +0000
Signature of Famous Botanist Discovered on Map of Japan
The following post is by Ryan Moore, a cartographic specialist in the Geography and Map Division. The signature of the American botanist who helped bring the famous Japanese cherry blossom trees to the United States was discovered by this author on a 1901 map of Japan. David Fairchild (1869-1954) traveled the world on behalf of […] [ + ]
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:42:29 +0000
Investigating Collections: Science Meets Archaeology at the Library of Congress
This post is about research conducted by the author, in conjunction with Dr. Tana Villafana, Research Chemist and Spectroscopist, from the Preservation Research and Testing Division, and with Rosemary Ryan, Archaeological Research Fellow, at the Library of Congress. The research is part of a larger project to characterize and study all of the Mesoamerican jade […] [ + ]
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 19:16:09 +0000
Marvels of Pre-Columbian America: Talking Textiles
This is a guest post by Rosemary Ryan, an Archaeological Research Fellow at the Library of Congress. Rosemary is a student at Towson University specializing in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. Her research at the Library is in support of the Exploring the Early Americas exhibit and the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which comprises of more […] [ + ]

Baseball Stadiums and Maps: New York City
The first post of this series explored the baseball stadiums of Chicago. In this post we can enjoy the maps of another city rich in baseball history: New York City! Home to two iconic baseball teams, New York City today hosts the New York Yankees (American League) and the New York Mets ( National League). […] [ + ] USA
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