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Exhibit Opening: Then & There, Here & Now

Maps play a key role in our lives, whether they’re helping us navigate our daily commute or giving us a broader perspective on the world we live in. However, there’s much more to maps than the data they contain. Maps tell stories, both by design and by coincidence, revealing changes in our environment and our culture. “Then & There, Here & Now: The Stories Maps Tell” presents a selection of vintage and modern maps, which together illustrate the power and impact of this visual medium, as well as the ongoing story of mapmaking as both a form of art and a scientific endeavor. This exhibit invites visitors to consider the ways in which maps have influenced our understanding of the world, as well as how we might play our own roles in shaping the future of cartography.


In conjunction with this new Mann Library lobby exhibit, the Cornell University campus community and Ithaca area public are cordially invited to drop by Mann Library on Wednesday, November 15 between 10am and 3pm for a celebration of Geography Awareness Week and National GIS Day 2023. For the schedule of planned activities, visit