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Evening with the Texas GLO: Mapping Texas

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The Antiquarium is pleased to host an evening with James Harkins of the Texas General Land Office, Wednesday the 22nd of February from 6:30 to 8:30.
20% of revenue from unframed art sales during the event will benefit the Save Texas History program of the Texas General Land Office.
James will be speaking about the GLO's new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science: Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State. Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, the special exhibition traces more than 400 years of Texas history.

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State Opens at Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The Texas General Land Office will lend 50 maps of Texas, representing more than 400 years of its history, to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for a nine-month exhibition opening January 27, 2017. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State opens just in time to welcome visitors to Houston for Super Bowl LI.

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State will be in the Hamill Gallery and feature maps dating between 1513-1920. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.

This exhibit illustrates how centuries of political changes shaped Texas, with an emphasis on the fact that in order for a place to be claimed, it needed to first be mapped. Mapping Texas features many of the most important, influential, and rare maps of Texas, the United States, and North America.

Some of the maps presented in this exhibit include Martin Waldseemüller’s 1513 Tabula Terre Nove, one of the earliest maps of the Americas; Paolo Forlani’s Discoveries of New France (1566), an early view of North America; Thomas Jefferys’s The Western Coast of Louisiana and the Coast of New Leon (1775), one of the first modern maps of the Texas Coast; and Alexander Von Humboldt’s 1809 General Map of the Kingdom of New Spain, which was highly influential in the mapping of Texas and the American west.

Also on display are oversized maps of Texas including a copy of Stephen F. Austin’s 1837 Connected Map of Austin’s Colony; a one-of-a-kind manuscript map documenting the boundary between the U.S. and the Republic of Texas, when it was first surveyed in 1841, which is over 14-feet long; the largest ever lithographed map of Texas, the 8 ft. x 8 ft. Pressler and Langermann Map of the State of Texas from 1879; and many more.

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