Chicago and the American West

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Speaker: Diane Dillon | Associate Director of Research and Education – Newberry Library

Host: Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Dr. Diane Dillon will give us an overview of how the over 60 maps and views from the 16th century to 1900 were selected for this amazing exhibit that has been integrated across over 30 organizations in the city-wide Festival of Maps. Attendees will then have an opportunity to have a guided tour through the exhibit, learning how to “read” the maps and see the varying motivations behind or in the maps, including original maps drawn by George Washington, Lewis and Clark, and John Charles Fremont. As might be expected from its title, the exhibit pays special attention to the place of Chicago in the development of the West and reveals a not-so-well-known, but major role played by Chicago in our westward expansion.