Mapping Our Past

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Mapping Our Past
featuring PBS Antiques Roadshow’s Christopher Lane in person

January 27, 2018
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Main Library, 303 Laura St. N.
Free and Open to the Public

We’re celebrating the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection. Join us for a day of fun, interactive, map-themed programs and activities for all ages!

Chris Lane imageOur keynote speaker will be PBS Antique Roadshow’s Christopher Lane. Mr. Lane is the owner of The Philadelphia Print Shop West in Denver, Colorado. He has worked in the antique print and map business for over 35 years and has come to be recognized as one of the country’s experts in this field, as evidenced by his 21-year stint as print and map expert on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow.

Christopher Lane has curated a number of museum exhibitions, written several books, including the Ewell Newman award-winning Panorama of Pittsburgh, as well as numerous articles in books and magazines. He has lectured around the country and overseas on topics such as antique maps, Currier & Ives, and historical prints. His special interest is cartographic myths, focusing on the history of non-existent geographic features and their impact on the history of discovery and exploration.


11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Antique Treasures – Fourth Floor Atrium
Local antique appraisers will offer an on-site free evaluation of your antique treasures. Limit two pieces per attendee.

1 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.  Lukie Ansbacher: Florida Map Collector Extraordinaire – Morris Ansbacher Map Room, Fourth Floor
Map collector Michael Fisher will provide a tour of the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection.

2 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Mapping Our Past, Present, and Future – Hicks Auditorium
A panel discussion about the role of maps in Jacksonville city planning—past, present, and future. Expert panelists include Ennis Davis, Autumn Martinage, and Harlo Everett, Jr.

3 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Geographic Myths of the American Southeast – Hicks Auditorium
PBS Antiques Roadshow’s Christopher Lane will explore the geographic myths of the American Southeast, from the earliest days of exploration to as late as the eighteenth century. These include mythical islands, legendary kingdoms, imaginary mountains, and a number of non-existent bodies of water. Though now all correctly erased from the map, these geographic myths were believed and had an influence on explorers and travelers in their time.


11 a.m. – 1  p.m.  Making Tactile Maps – Jax Makerspace
Learn the process for making tactile maps for the blind. The Temple Sisterhood Braille Group will show examples of maps, how they create them and help you to create your own.

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Art for Young Children – Children’s Department
Climb aboard and explore the art of maps! This program is open to children up to age 5 and their families. Participants will be introduced to art activities and techniques that promote cooperation and creative expression. Limited Attendance, no reservations or large groups.

12 p.m. (noon) – 3:00 p.m. Mapping Your Past: Preserving Memories – Jax Makerspace
Learn how to preserve your priceless memories and mementos by transferring old photographs, documents and VHS home movies to digital formats. Jax Makerspace Digitization Station orientation sessions will be held at noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.

2  –  3 p.m. Hour of Code: Happy Maps – Children’s Department
Let’s map it! Kids 8 – 12 years old are invited to an unplugged coding program designed to introduce youth to algorithms. This program will use directional commands to move a character around a map to reach a predetermined goal. Limited Attendance, no reservations or large groups.

3 – 4 p.m. Marauder’s Maps – Teen Department
Take the magic of Harry Potter home after you create your very own Marauder’s Map! All materials will be provided, and no registration is necessary.

Call 630-1944 or 630-2409 for information.

Learn more about the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection, comprised of 240 antiquarian maps and engravings.

Download the Mapping Our Past event flyer here.

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Jacksonville Public Library Foundation presents …
Dinner in the Maps
Ticketed event to support Jacksonville Public Library
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Call for more information: 904-630-1995