Press Release: January 28, 2010
National Archives at Kansas City
Mapping Missouri Exhibit Curator to visit National Archives
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Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host curator Greg Olson at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 for a discussion related to the exhibit Mapping Missouri: Maps from the Collection of the Missouri State Archives on display at the National Archives at Kansas City. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event. The National Archives at Kansas City is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO.
Mapping Missouri: Maps from the Collection of the Missouri State Archives features examples of cartography from the collections of the Missouri State Archives and the National Archives at Kansas City. Drawing from diverse examples such as land survey maps made by Antoine Soulard from 1796-1806 and computer generated census maps made in the year 2000, this exhibit explores the history of cartographic images of Missouri and the role they play in our everyday world.
The exhibition includes historical maps from the 19th century that show how surveying and cartography were key to European American settlement of present-day Missouri. Other maps in the exhibit examine the ways in which geography helps to form a sense of identity and provide valuable information for historians attempting to recreate places and events from the past. Of special note is an 1837 Missouri River survey map attributed to Robert E. Lee, as well as Civil War-era district maps of Missouri and an 1835 hand-drawn map relating to Auguste Chouteau’s land claim near St. Louis.
Greg Olson is the Curator of Exhibits and Special Projects at the Missouri State Archives. He has worked at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the author of several articles on American Indians in Missouri and Iowa. In 2008 the University of Missouri Press published his book, The Ioway in Missouri.
Mapping Missouri: Maps from the Collection of the Missouri State Archives is organized by the Missouri State Archives.
Admission, hours, and additional information
Mapping Missouri is a free exhibit and will be open through May 29, 2010. Free parking is available for visitors in the front of the National Archives building, with additional free parking available in the Union Station Parking Garage on the west side of Union Station.
The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. The National Archives at Kansas City is open Tuesday–Saturday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. for exhibits viewing and Tuesday–Saturday from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. for research.
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