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NEWPORT, R.I. - The Naval War College Museum and Dr. John Hattendorf will take part in the Redwood Library and Athenaeum’s day-long symposium “Collecting Maps: A Redwood Library and Naval War College Museum Cartographic Collaboration,” on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The symposium celebrates current exhibits at both institutions.
The Naval War College Museum’s exhibit, Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700, features thirty maps of the world, including the first known world map ever printed: a "T and O" style map produced by Saint Isidore, Bishop of Seville in the seventh century and printed in 1472. Visitors may also view a 1504 map of the world referencing the discoveries of Christopher Columbus and a map from the first modern atlas printed in 1570. The exhibit closes Nov. 30.
A Sense of Place: Exploring Newport and Narragansett Bay through Historic Maps and Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700, at the Redwood Library offers a selection of important maps of Newport and Narragansett Bay which reflect the perceptions and uses of these spaces over time. This exhibit is on display through Dec. 29.
The symposium starts with a tour at the Naval War College Museum in the morning followed by a guided tour of the Redwood’s exhibition, lunch, and a panel discussion on map collecting and how private and institutional collections are built.
Hattendorf, Professor of Maritime History and Director, Naval War College Museum will join panelists Michael Buehler, Boston Rare Maps; Christina Connett, Co-curator of the Redwood exhibition and Professor of the History of Cartography at the Rhode Island School of Design; Susan Danforth, George S. Parker Curator of Maps and Prints, The John Carter Brown Library; and Jeffrey Siegal, Collector of Maps and Charts.
Details regarding registration are available through the Redwood Library’s website or by contacting the library by email at or by calling 401-847-0292.
The Naval War College Museum is open 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Mondays through Fridays throughout the year. Admission is free. Public access to the Museum with personal vehicle is through Gate 1 of U.S. Naval Station, Newport. For reservations please call 401- 841-4052 at least one working day in advance. Reservations and photo identification are necessary for entry onto the Naval Station.

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By Cmdr. Carla McCarthy, NWC Public Affairs