at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
We are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence
This loan exhibition from Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library includes many maps from our collection.
We Are One maps the American road to independence. It explores the tumultuous events that led thirteen colonies to join to forge a new nation. Using maps, the exhibition traces the American story from the strife of the French and Indian War to the creation of a new national government. When tensions between Britain and her American colonies erupted into war, British cartographers and other witnesses depicted military campaigns, battles, and their settings. These maps, drawings, and military artifacts now bring the long, bloody struggle for independence to life. In the aftermath of the Revolution, America took stock of her new geography with surveys and maps. European maps reflect their success by recognizing America's triumphant new status of nationhood and her expanding territory.
Opens March 5, 2016 in the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation Gallery and the Jan Curtis and Frank J. Spayth Gallery.
Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg
Explore architectural elements from both surviving and demolished 18th- and early-19th-century buildings in the Historic Area. The pieces are part of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's architectural collection and provide an interesting and valuable research tool in studying the history of the built environment before, during, and after the Restoration of the Historic Area. Most recently, the collection helped with the reconstruction of Charlton's Coffeehouse and the Public Armoury, as well as informing paint color changes throughout the Historic Area.
Opens May 28, 2016